Certificate in African Studies

The Certificate in African Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the global, economic, cultural, and historical experiences of the peoples and communities of Africa , and of African nation-states. It is designed to complements students’ work in their major fields of study at the undergraduate level while fostering greater understandings of the African continent. Students are able to draw upon the diversity of areas of research and teaching interests of the core and affiliate AADS faculty, students and to choose courses that allow them to focus more specifically on Sub Continental Africa and its diverse populations.

The Certificate is designed to offer coordinated insights into the ongoing challenges African communities face locally, nationally, and internationally and 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, social, gender, and class 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. All students must enroll in the core requirement offered either as : 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 remaining 15 credits must be chosen from two lists of courses, one compiled from on the Arts and Humanities, and the other from 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 or courses in which they are seeking to enroll in. Not all courses from the lists 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