African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

AADS African Studies Certificate

The African Studies Certificate allows students to engage with scholarship on African peoples, cultures, and history through the theoretical lens of black studies. To earn this certificate, students must fulfill the following requirements:
  1. AFR 304. Intro to the Study of Africa1
  2. AFR 310K, Introduction to Modern Africa1
  3. Complete a total of 18 semester hours of coursework, including at least 9 semester hours in residence.
  4. Twelve additional semester hours (upper- or lower-division) chosen from courses on an approved AFR course list or with prior approval from AADS2
  5. At least one supporting course must carry a writing flag.
  6. Students must earn grades of “C” or better in each certificate course.
  7. Students may not earn a certificate in the same field of study as their major, and at least one course must be taken outside of the requirements of the student’s major degree plan. (AADS majors are not eligible to receive an African Studies Certificate.)
  8. This is not a stand-alone certificate; students must complete the requirements of an undergraduate degree to be eligible.
  9. Only coursework the student has completed at the time of final application will meet certificate requirements. A list of approved courses is available below.

1 Or an alternative course taken with approval from AADS

2 One of the courses must carry a writing flag from the School of Undergraduate Studies and/or place an emphasis on research and writing (such as AFR 372G) or an alternative course taken with approval from AADS.

Approved courses for the African Studies Certificate are located in column G of the Approved Course List posted below. To apply to the AADS Certificate program, complete the African Studies Certificate Interest Form and return it to

Additional information about advising and degree requirements is on the AADS Advising webpage.

Current Course List

Course Lists are for informational purposes only. They do not replace department or university catalog requirements, and are not a substitution for official advising. Offical Advising is currently being done by the College of Liberal Arts, Student Division Advisors.

Prior Year Degree Requirements and Course Lists

2014-16 AADS Degree Requirements

2016-18 AADS Degree Requirements

2018-20 AADS Degree Requirements

Additional information is available in the university catalog.


Current Course List

Questions about curriculum requirements should be directed to the CoLA Student Division Advisors.

2020-2022 AFR Degree Plan