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Certificate in African Studies

The Certificate in African Studies provides students with valuable knowledge about Africa and various aspects of life on the continent.  The Certificate is recommended to students wishing to gain international perspectives before entering the global marketplace. The courses offered through the program cover a variety of disciplines to ensure that the Certificate lends itself to any major area of study.

It is not necessary to study abroad to earn the Certificate, but credit towards the Certificate can be earned by studying abroad (in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Tanzania, or South Africa). Limited scholarship funds are available to cover the cost of traveling. In order to earn the Certificate in African Studies, students must complete 17 credit hours from the list below of courses endorsed by the African Studies Institute. These hours must be completed as 3 hours of credit for the compulsory course (AFST 2100: Introduction to Africa); 11 hours of credit or three semesters of study in an African language (offered at UGA); and 3 hours of an elective course with African content.

The Certificate is awarded every spring. Application for the award of the certificate and the review of course work is due on the last day of classes every FALL semester. Students with late applications will be reviewed and considered for the award in the following school year.

Certificate in African Studies Brochure

(*Students should check with the African Studies Institute or the University of Georgia bulletin for newly added courses).

Courses for the Certificate

Required Course (3 hours):

AFST/ANTH/CMLT/GEOG/SOCI//HIST 2100        Introduction to Africa

Language Requirements (11 hours):

  • ARAB1001        Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I
  • ARAB1002        Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II
  • ARAB2003        Intermediate Standard Arabic I
  • SWAH1010        Elementary Swahili I
  • SWAH1020        Elementary Swahili II
  • SWAH2010        Intermediate Swahili I
  • YORB1010        Elementary Yoruba I
  • YORB1020        Elementary Yoruba II
  • YORB2010        Intermediate Yoruba I

Other acceptable African language courses- not currently being offered:

  • Amharic     AMHA     1001; 1002; & 2001
  • Manding     MAND    1010; 1020; & 2010
  • Zulu        ZULU         1001        

Electives (3 hours):

  • AFST/HIST 2052-Multiculturalism in Modern America
  • AFST/MUSI 2080- African American Music
  • AFST/HIST 2501-Introduction of African History to 16th Century
  • AFST/MUSI 2860- African Music Ensemble
  • AFST/CMLT 3030-African Languages and Culture
  • AFST/CMLT 3150-Introduction to Modern African Literature
  • AFST/HIST 3511-East Africa to the 19th Century
  • AFST/HIST 3512-East Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • AFST/HIST 3530-Women in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • AFST/GEOG 3650-Africa in the Global Economy
  • AFST/CMLT 4200/6200-Critical Issues in Contemporary Africa
  • AFST/ANTH/CMLT 4245/6245-Oral Literature in Africa
  • AFST/MUSI 4291/6291- African Music
  • AFST/DRAM 4460/6460-History of Dramatic Art: Special Topics
  • AFST/DRAM 4470/6470-African Theatre: An Historical Overview.
  • AFST/HIST 4500/6500-Studies in African or Middle Eastern History
  • AFST/HIST 4510/6510-History of Famine and Food Systems in Africa
  • AFST/HIST 4540/6540-Conflict in 20th Century Southern Africa
  • AFST/HIST 4550/6550-Christianity and Colonialism in Africa
  • AFST/AAEC 4720/6720-Food Security, Economic Development, and the Environment
  • AFST/PEDS 4800/6800-Education and Sport
  • AFST/MUSI 4861/6861- Applied Ethnomusicology: African Music
  • AFST/CMLT 4880/6880-Survey of African Literature I
  • AFST/CMLT 4890/6890-Survey of African Literature II
  • AFST/ALDR 5700/7700-International Agricultural Development
  • ANTH 2120H-Introduction to Anthropology (honors)
  • ANTH 3060-Introduction to Paleoanthropology
  • ARAB 4100/6100-Reading and Research in Arabic and Islamic Literature
  • BIOL 3990-Natural History of East Africa
  • CMLT 3990-Directed Study in Comparative Literature
  • CMLT 4875/6875-The African Diaspora
  • CMLT 4895/6895-Francophone/Lusophone African Literature in English Translation
  • DRAM 4480/6480-History of African American Drama and Theatre
  • DRAM 4490/6490-African and African American Women in Cinema:  Image and Aesthetics
  • ECOL 4000/6000-Population and Community
  • ECON 4850-Economics of Human Resources
  • ESCI 4000/6000-Selected Problems in Science Education
  • GEOG 4710/6710-Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • GEOL 1121H-Earth Processes and the Environment
  • GEOL 3150 -Coastal Processes and Conservation
  • HIST 2502-Survey of African History After 1600
  • JRLC 5080-International Mass Communication
  • LAND 4910/6910 (HIPR 6750)-Lectures in Architecture, Community and Land
  • LAND 4911/6911 (HIPR 6751)-Design Studio in Architecture, Community and Land
  • LING 4870/6870-Language, Gender, and Culture
  • MUSI 3020-World Music Survey: Africa, Europe and the Americas
  • MUSI 4270-Topics in Musical Cultures of the World
  • PEDS 4000/6000-Special Studies in Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • POLS 4360-Political Development
  • RELI 4310/6310-Islam and Islamic Culture in Morocco
  • SOCI 4900-Supervised Research in Sociology
  • SWAH 3990-Directed Studies in Swahili Culture and Literature
  • TXMI 3010-Directed Research on Textile Studies
  • TXMI 5710-Study Tour Research on Textile Studies
  • YORB 3990-Directed Studies in Yoruba Culture and Literature
  • ZULU 3990-Directed Studies in Zulu Culture and Literature


Graduate Certificate 

For graduate students, please visit the Graduate Certificate in African Studies page.


If you need more information about the program, please contact:
Dr. Akinloye Ojo
Certificate Program Coordinator
African Studies Institute
321 Holmes/Hunter Academic Building
University of Georgia
Athens, GA  30602-1776

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