Undergraduate Programs

AADS offers three undergraduate certificates: 1) the Certificate in African Studies, 2) the Certificate in Global Black Studies and 3) the Certificate in Afro-Latin American Studies. They provide grounding in Africana Studies and offer excellent preparation for graduate study, for professional school, and for professional development. The curricula for the Certificate in African Studies consists of 18 credit hours of coursework and the Certificate in Global Black Studies consist of 15 credit hours of coursework.

These innovative programs are designed for undergraduate students, active professionals, and persons with particular interests in the African and African Diaspora Studies. Students earn academic credentials and gain expertise and skills in the particular areas of study covered by the certificates. Enrolled students must take 12 credit hours chosen from a list of courses from social sciences, arts, and humanities disciplines compiled by AADS for each of the certificate programs. Each program has additional compulsory core course requirements. The certificate programs provide excellent preparation for students seeking admission to graduate and professional schools and those seeking professional employment in fields that demand international, transnational, global, and multicultural knowledge and approaches.

AADS also offers a new accelerated degree Pathway where students can earn a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and an M.A. in African & African Diaspora Studies at FIU.