The Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies offers students the opportunity to do graduate-level study that focuses on the African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean and/or other African Diaspora histories and cultures. This certificate also allows students to study the social construction of race, as well as the role of Africa and peoples of African descent in the construction of the West. This is a 15-credit hour certificate.
The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.
Applicants for the Certificate should have:
- A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university or college.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 on all work completed while registered as an upper-division baccalaureate student
Application processTo learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.
In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:
- A two to three-page essay. Contact department for additional information.
None are required.
Total of 15 credit hours (All courses in Africana Studies are three credit hours). There are 9 hours of core courses.
- AFA 6805 - African Historiography (3)
- AFA 6207 - African American Historiography (3)
- Graduate Teaching Seminar
- AFA 6120 - Theory and Social Thought (3) OR
- AFA 6355 - African American Community Research (3)
There are 6 hours of elective course work required: 3 credit hours of Africana Studies electives; 3 hours outside the department. Elective hours can be chosen from the list below.
- AFA 6275 Black Women Writers
- AFA 6313 Black English
- ISS 5294 Special Topics
- AML 6027 Studies in Modern American Literature: African American Literature
- AMS 6375 The American South
- ANT 6447 Selected Topics in Urban Anthropology
- ANT 6448 Regional Problems in Urban Anthropology: Ethnic Diversity
- ANT 6469 Selected Topics in Medical Anthropology: Community Health or HIV & AIDS
- COM 5930 Topics in Communication Studies: Intercultural Communication
- COM 5930 Topics in Communication Studies: Communicating Race, Gender and Class
- COM 5930 Topics in Communication Studies: Communication and Cultural Diversity
- GEY 6934 Special Topics in Gerontology: Minority Aging
- HIS 6939 Seminar in History: Race in North America; Immigration History or Civil Rights
- WST 5266 Women of Color: Activism and Change
- REL 6447 Liberation Theology
- LIT 6934 Selected Topics in English Studies: African American Novel
- PAD 6417 Human Resource Management
- EDF 6883 Issues in Multicultural Education
- PHC 7935 Social Differentiation, Cultural Diversity, and Community Health
Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is three years.
Credit toward graduate degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.
A standardized test is not required for admission to the certificate program. Students who have less than a 3.0 GPA may submit recent GRE scores, (taken within the last 5 years), in support of the application. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.