Certificate in African Studies

The African Studies Certificate provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the global, economic, cultural, and historical experiences of African peoples, communities, and nation-states. The Certificate complements students’ work in their major fields of study at the undergraduate level while fostering greater understanding of traditionally marginalized topics.

Thanks to the diversity of areas of research interests of the core and affiliate AADS faculty, students will be able to choose courses that will allow them to focus more specifically on Sub-Saharan Continental Africa and Africans.

The Certificate places a strong emphasis on African cultural expressions in all their regional, temporal, and socioeconomic diversities. It offers coordinated insights into the ongoing challenges African communities face locally, nationally, and internationally. It also focuses on the ways in which continental African communities and individuals have developed political and creative strategies for survival in the midst of, and resistance to, racism and political, economic, and social oppression.

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General Requirements (18)

Students complete 18 credit hours of study from disciplines as diverse as geography, history, international relations, journalism, sociology, anthropology, literature, music and political science. The core requirement is AFH 2000 “African Civilizations” or AFS 3011 “African Civilization, Religion and Philosophy.” This required course should be taken at the start of the Certificate Program. The other 15 credits must come from each of two lists, one comprising the Arts and Humanities, and the other the Social Sciences. The program director may approve other courses upon request. Students requesting an exception from these lists must present a syllabus for the course they would like to enroll in. Not all courses are offered every semester.

Required Core Course: (3 Credits)

  • AFH 2000 African Civilizations –UCC, GL


  • AFS 3011 African Civilization, Religion and Philosophy—GL

Arts and Humanities Courses: (3-9 credits)

  • AFA 4340 Health in African World
  • AFH 4504 Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa
  • AFA 4905 African and African Diaspora Studies Independent Study
  • AFA 4930 African and African Diaspora Studies Theory
  • AFA 4931 Special Topics in African and African Diaspora Studies
  • AFH 4100 History of Africa I
  • AFH 4200 History of Africa II
  • AFH 4342 History of West Africa
  • AFH 4405 History of East Africa
  • AFH 4450 History of South Africa
  • AFS 3317 China and India in Africa—GL
  • AFS 3331 Women and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFS 3332 Gender and Sexualities in Sub-Saharan African Contexts—GL
  • AFS 3823 African Arts and Modernity—NEW!
  • AFS 4210 African Visual Arts—GL
  • AFS 4200 African Drum I
  • AFS 4201 African Drum II
  • AFS 4215 African Photography—NEW!
  • AFS 4367 Metropolitan Africa—NEW!
  • ARH 3511 Introduction to the Visual Arts of the African World
  • ARH 4520 African Arts
  • DAA 3347 West African Dance
  • FRW 4750 Francophone Literature of Africa
  • LIT 4351 Major African Writers
  • REL 4370 African Religions
  • WOH 4230 The African Diaspora and the Atlantic Slave Trade

Social Sciences Courses: (3-9 Credits)

  • AFA 3339 Women and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa—GL
  • AFS 4265 Latin America and the Caribbean in Africa-South-South Interactions—GL
  • ANT 4352 African Peoples and Cultures
  • ANT 4396 Representations of Africa and Africans in Films
  • CPO 3204 African Politics
  • GEA 3600 Population and Geography of Africa—GL
  • INR 3252 International Relations of North Africa
  • INR 3253 International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa