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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2024
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

African Studies Certificate

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Contact Information

Dr. Macrina Lelei
Graduate Advisor and Interim Director
African Studies Program
4137 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Fax: 412-648-7214

The Graduate Certificate

The African Studies Program offers the graduate certificate in African Studies designed to provide students the opportunity for the interdisciplinary study of Africa. Students seeking a graduate degree at any school within the University may pursue a graduate certificate in African Studies by enrolling in the program and meeting the stipulated requirements. The Graduate Certificate program is specifically designed for graduate students who desire an opportunity to intensify their study of Africa and develop real insights into issues of critical importance in their fields of research and career interests as relates to Africa. The program provides students with fundamental grounding in African Studies through exposure to the major areas of research and knowledge on Africa in their respective disciplines. In addition, students are provided with opportunities to participate in research projects, symposia, lectures, conferences, fellowships, internships and workshops on Africa.

Certificate Requirements

Graduate students may earn a certificate in African Studies upon completion of the following requirements:

  • A total of six African Studies courses (18 credits) is required. Any Graduate Class can count towards the African Certificate if there is at least 25% African content and individual students focus on an issue or country in Africa while doing their project and or research paper for the class. In special instances, with the consent of the academic advisor, approved upper-level undergraduate courses may be accepted.
  • Language proficiency: Two years of college level study of an African language or equivalent Proficiency of a European language other than English relevant to African Studies as a consequence of Africa’s historical experience (French, German, Portuguese and Spanish).
  • A Research Paper focused on the area of concentration under the supervision of an African Studies faculty member written for a graduate class.

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