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    MSU’s Master of Arts degree in African American and African Studies (AAAS) is an interdisciplinary program of study devoted to advanced exploration and analysis of the social, cultural, and political-economic experiences of African Americans, Africans in the Continent and African-descendent peoples in other parts of the African Diaspora.

    The program consists of two optional routes (a) a Plan A bridge option (a route that prepares graduate students for PhD study at MSU or elsewhere); and (b) a Plan B terminal career option (a route that equips graduate students with interdisciplinary Black study professional skills that may be used in a range of careers that require post graduate study)

    Students enrolled in the AAAS MA degree will enroll in required AAAS Black Studies core curriculum courses in conjunction with courses in a range of MSU disciplinary specializations, including History, Anthropology, Sociology, English, Political Science, African Studies, Epidemiology, Education, Geography, Community Agriculture and Recreational Resources (CARRS), WRAC (Writing, Rhetoric and American Culture) and other departmental majors and specializations.

    MSU’s AAAS MA students may pursue advanced research thesis study or professional study in a range of Black Studies topics  supervised and taught by AAAS core faculty in the areas of a) African and African American history – slavery, reconstruction, civil rights, pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial Africa, b) Black cultural aesthetics, identity, rhetoric, sociolinguistics, film, literature and media c) race, ethnicity and social inequality and stratification, d) African American  and African politics, constitutionalism and public policy, e) African cultural anthropology and languages), f) inequities in education and multi-cultural pedagogy, and g) comparative health and agricultural disparities..

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