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Master of Arts in Inner City Studies Education

College of Education


Program Description

The Inner City Studies Education graduate program places intense emphasis on the scholar/activist tradition in preparing those who work and live in the inner city to understand and act upon the interests of residents of the inner city and to participate in the richness, specifically, of the African American communities. The graduate program places in-depth examination and analysis of the multiplicity of research issues, problems, assumptions, and questions about inner city communities from an African-centered perspective. The approach and Discipline encompasses a research methodology and worldview, which ultimately achieves different results when applied to present day inner city populations. The aim of this research approach is to forge new understandings of human relationships in inner city communities in the Chicago metropolitan area and worldwide.


Admission Requirements

For students admitted to master’s programs prior to the Fall 1997 semester, the majority of courses applied to the master’s degree must be 400-level; a limited number of appropriate 300-level courses are applicable.


Degree Requirements

Core curriculum: (required of all students)
ICSE-411 Graduate Study in the Inner City..................3 cr.
ICSE-427 Seminar in the Inner City Community..........3 cr.
ICSE-442 Research Methods in Inner City Studies......3 cr.
ICSE-443 Research Writing..........................................3 cr.
ICSE-452 Field Internship.............................................3 cr.
ICSE-453 Seminar in Field Internship..........................3 cr.
Approved Electives (including ICSE-454
Masters Project Research (mandatory elective).........12 cr.
Total 30 cr.