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CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT:
Professor Jennifer Morgan
DIRECTOR OF AFRICANA STUDIES:
Associate Professor Renee Blake
DIRECTOR OF AMERICAN STUDIES:
Associate Professor Thuy Tu
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES:
Associate Professor Nikhil Pal Singh
Master of Arts Program in Social and Cultural Analysis
A total of 32 points of course credit—at least 28 taken in residence at NYU—is required for the M.A. degree. M.A. students must complete the introductory American Studies Seminar, AMST-GA 3301 and seven other courses, no more than two of which may originate beyond the program. Throughout the period of matriculation, students should select courses that will help them to pursue their interests in a coherent fashion. Working under the supervision of a faculty advisor while enrolled in AMST-GA 3309, Reading in American Studies, M.A. students are required to complete a master’s thesis, to be submitted toward the end of their final semester in the program.
Master of Arts in Africana Studies
The Africana Studies master’s degree requires that students satisfactorily complete 32 points and are required to complete the Proseminar in Africana Studies, AFRS-GA 2000. To qualify for the M.A. degree, students must either write a thesis (preferred) or take a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of their final semester of work. Internships in institutions and organizations in New York City may be taken for 4 points. Africana Studies master’s degree can also be pursued part-time. A concentration in Museum Studies is also available to students in the M.A. program. Those planning to work as museum professionals with collections in museums, historic houses and sites, and government agencies relating to black history and culture, literature, and politics are encouraged to apply. This concentration requires the completion of 36 points (16 in museum studies), a master’s thesis, and a full summer internship in a museum or cultural institution. Both the Proseminar in Africana Studies, AFRS-GA 2000 and History and Theory of Museums, MSMS-GA 1500, are required for this concentration.
Joint Degree Master of Arts in Africana Studies and Economics
The goal of this program is to help students develop social science skills that can be used to better society in the public and private spheres, specifically in support of African and African diaspora communities. The program provides students with a social science background in economics and Africana studies. Students analyze development economics, politics, and other social sciences and gain a broader perspective of how these disciplines apply to Africa and the African diaspora. Students can earn a Master of Arts in this program by taking 36 points over three terms and by the completion of either a master’s thesis or a special project associated with an internship conducted at a site involving the application of social science knowledge and principles to African affairs.
Joint Degree Master of Arts in Africana Studies and Journalism
The goal of this program is to help students develop journalistic and social science skills that can be used to better society in the public and private sphere, with a specific focus on the African and African diasporic communities. The curriculum is composed of 42 credits of required classes from both the Departments of Journalism and Africana Studies, as well as elective courses from other disciplines such as the Department of Politics and the Wagner Graduate School. For more information please see the Journalism section of this bulletin. Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies.
Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies
Students may be admitted to the Ph.D. program either following M.A. study at NYU or elsewhere or directly after receipt of the bachelor’s degree. To qualify for the doctorate, a student must satisfactorily complete graduate studies totaling at least 72 points, with a minimum of 32 points at the doctoral level in residence at New York University; pass qualifying examinations; and present an approved dissertation. Students who have completed relevant graduate courses elsewhere may request that such courses be credited to degree requirements within the second semester of study. Credits may be earned through courses, independent study, and group study. All students must take the introductory Seminar in American Studies, AMST-GA 3301, Strategies for Social and Cultural Analysis AMST-GA 3303, and Dissertation Proposal Workshop, AMST-GA 2306.