College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Programs

Masters of Arts in English and African American Literature

Our M.A. program offers students a wide range of skills and knowledge in the areas of English and African-American Literature. Specifically, the degree provides students the opportunity to explore critical theories and hone their critical reading, thinking and writing skills. It also offers a solid foundation for those who may choose to seek a Ph.D. in such disciplines as African-American, Comparative or English Literatures, as well as African-American, Africana, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, Subaltern and Women’s Studies. For more information contact our graduate coordinator or review our frequently asked questions:

Dr. Moussa Issifou, Graduate Program Director 
General Classroom Building (GCB) Office A 438
Phone: 336 285 4468

 To apply visit the graduate admissions page.


 Frequently Asked Questions

1.How many courses are required?

  • 30 credit hours

2.What does a fulltime course load look like?

  • 3 classes per semester

3. Would I have to do a thesis?

  • Not necessarily
  • Thesis & Non-thesis option offered

4.Is there really an African-American focus?

  • Yes, an African Diasporic focus in all classes

5. Is it affordable?

  • One of the most inexpensive MA programs amongst the UNC institutions

6.How long does it take?

  • Usually 1 – 2 years

7. Is funding available?

8. Will I have an opportunity for conferencing?

  • Yes; our students have presented at local, regional, and national conferences.

9. How can I become involved as a graduate student?

  • We have an active Sigma Tau Delta organization which I encourage you to join.
  • oInstitutional Graduate Student Organization

10. What have MA alumni done with their degrees?

  • HS teachers and Public school administrators 
  • Higher education professors
  • Higher education administrators
  • PhD Studies
  • Non-profit sector
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Attorneys