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Africana Studies, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies is designed for students interested in the global African and African Diaspora experience, with emphasis on history, culture, and social policy. The program provides advanced credential of analytical knowledge and skills in any area of Africana Studies. The certificate can be earned either as a freestanding course of study or in conjunction with master’s or doctoral work in a wide variety of subjects, especially in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts and Architecture, Education, and Health Sciences. The graduate certificate curriculum is interdisciplinary and courses offered will provide students with advanced knowledge of the intersecting issues of race, identity, culture and aesthetics, history, globalization, development, and social policy.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies will be considered as they are received, and admissions will be ongoing. To be considered for admission, an applicant must (1) hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body, and with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale); or (2) be enrolled and in good standing in a graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte. If the applicant has earned or attempted a post-baccalaureate degree (i.e., master’s, doctoral, or other), grades in that program will also be taken into consideration.

In addition to the general requirements for graduate certificate requirements, an applicant must provide official transcripts, three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s personal and professional qualifications, and a two-page statement of purpose explaining their educational and work background, interests, and plans, with an emphasis on how this certificate will enhance, complement, or advance the applicant’s professional goals and/or personal education.

Early Entry Program

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.  See the Undergraduate Catalog for details and requirements.  Also see the Degree Requirements and Academic Policies  section of the Graduate Catalog for more information about Early Entry Programs.

Certificate Requirements

To obtain a Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies, admitted students will complete 15 credit hours.

Required Courses (6 credit hours)


*Other elective courses may be selected, with the approval of the Graduate Program Director, from any UNC Charlotte graduate courses relevant to Africana Studies.

**When topic is related to Africana Studies.


All or part of the 15-hour credit courses may count towards a M.A. or Ph.D. program in which the student is enrolled, provided that the courses are approved for that purpose by the advisors of that program. Students must have a minimum grade point of 3.0 in each course that counts towards the certificate. The award of the graduate certificate is carried on the student’s official transcript upon completion of the program. Students in another degree programs must enroll concomitantly in the certificate program. The certificate will not be awarded retroactively.

Total = 15 Credit Hours