Africana Studies Certificate

Certificate in African Studies

The Africana Studies Program offers an 18 credit hour Certificate in African Studies designed to provide undergraduate students with an overview and understanding of both historical and contemporary perspectives on the lived experiences of the peoples and cultures of Africa. The curriculum provides students with a wide breadth of knowledge pertaining to the approaches used in the study of Africa in terms of its history, development, politics, culture, religion, health, environment, resources, growth, and economies. The Certificate in African Studies enables students to supplement their instruction in their major discipline with a concentration on African Studies. Alternatively, the Certificate provides additional preparation for students currently pursuing pre-med, pre-dentistry, nursing, business, engineering, and law degrees, who may envision a future career working in Africa.

Students would complete eighteen (18) credit hours of coursework, consisting of two (2) core courses and four (4) elective courses.

Admission to the Certificate program in African Studies (AFRO) requires the following:

  • 55 credit hours earned towards a degree at IUPUI
  • At least a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Contact the program office to complete the necessary paperwork to officially declare the certificate.

The Certificate in African Studies (AFRO) requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  • Completion of a total of 18 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course.

Required core courses (6 credits):

  • AFRO A152: Introduction to African Studies (3 cr.)
    AND
  • AFRO A200: Research in African and African Diaspora Studies (3 cr.)
    OR
  • AFRO A495: Individual Readings in Afro-American Studies (1-3 cr.)

Electives (12 cr.), choose four courses from the following:

  • ANTH-E 310:   Cultures of Africa (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 382:     Fiction of the Non-Western World: 20th Century African Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 411:     South African Literature and Society (3 cr.)
  • HER-H 301:    Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (3 cr.)
  • HER-H 351:    African Art I (3 cr.) HER-H 352: African Art II (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 227:   African Civilization (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 421:   Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History: Peoples and Cultures of Africa (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 421:   Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History: Modern Africa (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 338:  African Politics (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 300:    Studies in Religion: Religion and Health in Africa (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 328:    Afro Diasporic Religions (3 cr.)
  • SWK-S 300:   Global Human Rights and Cultural Competency Skills (3 cr.)