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Certificate in African Studies

The Africana Studies Program offers an 18-credit hour Certificate in African Studies designed to provide undergraduate students with an overview and understanding of both historical and contemporary perspectives on the lived experiences of the peoples and cultures of Africa. The curriculum provides students with a wide breadth of knowledge pertaining to the approaches used in the study of Africa in terms of its history, development, politics, culture, religion, health, environment, resources, growth, and economies. The Certificate in African Studies enables students to supplement their instruction in their major discipline with a concentration on African Studies. Alternatively, the Certificate provides additional preparation for students currently pursuing pre-med, pre-dentistry, nursing, business, engineering, and law degrees, who may envision a future career working in Africa.

Admission to the Certificate program in African Studies (AFRO) requires the following:

The Certificate in African Studies (AFRO) requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  • Completion of a total of 18 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course.

Certificate Requirements:

Core courses (6 cr.):
  • AFRO-A 152: Introduction to African Studies (3 cr.)


  • AFRO-A 200: Research in African American and African Diaspora Studies (3 cr.)


  • AFRO-A 495: Individual Readings in African American and African Diaspora Studies (1-3 cr.)

Electives (12 cr.), choose four courses from the following:

  • AFRO-A 306: Globalization, Struggle, and Empowerment in the African Diaspora (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 384: The African Diaspora (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 382: Fiction of the Non-Western World: 20th Century African Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 411: Literature and Society: South African Literature and Culture (3 cr.)
  • FREN-F 271: Cultures and Border Crossings (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 227: African Civilization (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 421: Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History: Peoples and Cultures of Africa or Modern Africa (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 338: African Politics (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 308: Arab Histories (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 328: Afro-Diasporic Religions (3 cr.)
  • SWK-S 300: Selected Topics in Social Work: Global Human Rights and Cultural Competency Skills (3 cr.)