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Degree Requirements

See the requirements for the following degrees offered in AAADS:

Master of Arts in AAADS

All students will complete a minimum of thirty-two (32) credit hours with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The degree offers graduate studentstwo different tracks or specializations to focus their course work—“Power, Citizenship, and the State” and “Race, Representation, and Knowledge Systems”— which reflect the current state of the field and take
advantage of the traditional strengths of the department, its adjunct faculty, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Bloomington campus.

Core Curriculum:
Students will also complete seven (7) required courses for a (27 cr. total) composed of the following:

Students will choose topically appropriate electives offered in AAADS or by other faculty (5 credits). Students may choose from the following courses in AAADS for their electives.

Choices of electives outside of the department can be taken per discussion with the graduate advisor. Please note all departmental electives must be subject relevant, especially if they are offered outside the College of Arts and Sciences.

Each student must complete a thesis or creative project. If the student chooses to write a thesis, an oral defense of their thesis must be convened prior to the granting of the degree. In the case of a creative project, a public presentation is required in addition to the oral defense and analytical or creative written component.

The College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Division, requires students to satisfy the foreign language requirement by showing satisfactory completion of coursework or passing a language proficiency exam in the foreign language of their choice. Each individual student should consult with her or his advisor regarding an appropriate language for her or his field. Proficiency in a foreign language may be demonstrated by passing a proficiency exam administered by one of Indiana University’s foreign language departments, or earning a grade of “B” or better in a graduate reading course offered by a foreign language department. Students eligible to use English as a second language to fulfill the graduate language requirement should contact the Center for English Language Training (CELT) for details. See the Director of Graduate Studies and Admissions (DGS) regarding any additional information, which may include the following stipulation:

If a graduate student enrolls in a literature or civilization course numbered 300 or higher, the reading for the course is done in the foreign language (Catalan, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish), and if the student completes the course with a grade of ‘B’ or better, the University Graduate School will accept the individual readings courses or correspondence courses for this purpose.

Students are required to enroll in 6 hours of any foreign language certified by the graduate school. M.A. candidates may satisfy the foreign language requirement by showing satisfactory completion of course work or passing a language proficiency exam.

 

Dual MA/MFA

in AAADS and English (Creative Writing)

MA in AAADS Requirements (26 credit hours minimum)

MFA Requirements (At least 60 credit hours--48 in residence)

Foreign Language Requirements (two semesters)
MA/MFA students may satisfy the foreign language requirement by showing satisfactory completion of course work or passing a language proficiency exam. Language requirements should be met as soon as possible, beginning immediately after graduate studies have begun. A student is expected to be working on fulfilling the requirement every semester until it is completed.

 

Dual MA/MLS

in AAADS and the School of Library and Information Science

The dual M.A./M.L.S. program requires completion of a minimum of 58 credit hours of graduate course work. (The degrees if completed separately would require 68 credit hours.) Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both African American and African Diaspora Studies and the School of Library and Information Science and meet the admissions criteria established for each. The
two degrees must be awarded at the same time.

MA in AAADS Requirements (28 credit hours minimum)
General Requirement (12 cr.) including:

Proposed Graduate Internship Specialization (12 cr. minimum):

Master of Library Science Requirements (30 credit hours)

 

Dual MA/MPA

in AAADS and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Students must apply separately to and be accepted into both the African American and African Diaspora Studies Master of Arts degree program and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs degree program. Students must indicate on both application forms that they are applying for the AAADS/SPEA dual degree.

MA in AAADS Requirements (28 credit hours minimum)
General Requirement (12 cr.) including:

Proposed Graduate Internship Specialization (12 cr. minimum):

M.P.A. of Public Affairs Requirements (36 credit hours minimum)

M.P.A. Core (21 cr.)

Specialized Concentration (15 cr.)

 

Doctor of Philosophy

All students must complete a minimum of 90 hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in their prior program(s). Incoming graduate students who have recently completed their undergraduate studies must have at least a 3.3 grade point average for their last two years of undergraduate studies.

90 hours total, including:

Tracks:

Core curriculum:

 

Ph.D. Minor

The department offers the Ph.D. minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies for students enrolled in any doctoral program at Indiana University. The minor requires 15 credit hours: A500 and A503: Introduction to African American and African Diaspora Studies I and II, and 9 credit hours of a concentration in one of the department's two tracks: Power, Citizenship, and the State” and “Race, Representation, and Knowledge Systems”