African Studies, MA and Library & Information Science, MS

for the degrees of African Studies, MA and Library & Information Science, MS


This joint master’s degree includes a program of language and area studies courses leading to an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in African Studies as well as a program of study leading to the Master of Science in Library and Information Science. The joint degree matches area expertise with professional education, and prepares students for professional careers in all types of information organizations, including libraries. 

Thesis Option

IS 501Reference and Information Services4
IS 5022 or 4
IS 530Collection Development2 or 4
IS 590Advanced Topics in Information Foundations1 to 4
LIS elective courses selected in consultation with an advisor who is a member of the iSchool faculty. (IS 591, 2 hours and IS 592, up to 4 hours, may be included)12-14
AFST 522Development of African Studies4
African language proficiency at level of 6 semesters of course work (includes Arabic) NOTE: Hours for language can't be applied toward degree requirements, but is included in the calculation of the GPA.
Elective courses from the approved African Studies course list selected in consultation with an advisor who is a member of the African Studies faculty (coursework must be from 3 different disciplines; 8 hours must be at the 500-level, excluding AFST 550 and AFST 599; Maximum 4 hours of AFST 550 may be used) Electives and thesis must total at least 24 hours. 16-24
AFST 599Thesis Research8
Total Hours49-56

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 24
Minimum GPA: 3.25

Non-Thesis Option

IS 501Reference and Information Services4
IS 5022 or 4
IS 530Collection Development2 or 4
IS 590Advanced Topics in Information Foundations1 to 4
LIS elective courses selected in consultation with an advisor who is a member of the iSchool faculty. (IS 591, 2 hours and IS 592, up to 4 hours, may be included)12-14
AFST 522Development of African Studies4
African language proficiency at level of 6 semesters of course work (includes Arabic) NOTE: Hours for language can't be applied toward degree requirements, but is included in the calculation of the GPA.
Elective courses from the approved African Studies course list selected in consultation with an advisor who is a member of the African Studies faculty (coursework must be from 3 different disciplines; 8 hours must be at the 500-level, excluding AFST 550 and AFST 599; Maximum 4 hours of AFST 550 may be used) Electives and thesis must total at least 24 hours. 24
Total Hours49-56

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 24
Minimum GPA: 3.25