Spotlight on the MA: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Peniel E. JosephRegistration is now open for fall courses in the new Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History—an affordable, fully online master’s degree program, led by renowned, award-winning historians, that brings together the leading non-profit American history organization and one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.

The Fall 2022 term begins September 22, 2022, and ends December 14, 2022.

We highlight here one of the fall courses:

 The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

with Peniel Joseph, Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor of Public Affairs; Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values; and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, University of Texas at Austin

This course examines the lives and legacies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. These pillars of the Civil Rights Movement are often portrayed as opposites. While it is true that their rhetoric and methods differed, they are less dissimilar than the popular narrative of their lives allows. By looking simultaneously at both men as they battle White supremacy and the oppression of African Americans, we will highlight their similarities and their influence on one another and the Civil Rights Movement.

See Peniel Joseph discussing his book on this topic, The Sword and the Shield, on Gilder Lehrman Book Breaks here.

Register for the course and explore others here.

Graduation Reception 2022Read about the following in the Summer 2022 MA Program Newsletter:

  • MA Program 2022 Events
  • Student and Alumni Accomplishments
  • Faculty Spotlight
  • Summer 2022 Q&A Facilitators
  • Fall 2022 Course Offerings
  • Summer 2022 Abraham Lincoln Scholarship Recipients

The Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History is a fully accredited, 30-credit degree program. Following the completion of ten 3-credit courses, including the required Historiography and Historical Methods course and Capstone in American History course, students are awarded a master’s degree in American history from Gettysburg College.

The program is open to K–12 educators, librarians, district supervisors, National Park Service employees, and museum professionals.

Learn more about the MA program here.

Please read the MA Program FAQs for more information on eligibility.

Click here to begin your application.

Registration for the Fall Semester ends September 28, 2022.

Applications for the Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History are open and considered on a rolling basis.