Africana Studies


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.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Certificate should have:

Application Process

To 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:


None are required.


Total of 15 credit hours (All courses in Africana Studies are three credit hours). There are 9 hours of core courses.


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.

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.

Standardized Tests

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.


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