Academic Certificate in African-American Studies

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

The interdisciplinary Academic Certificate (AC) in African-American Studies enhances students understanding of African-Americans by examining history, social issues, literature, culture, religion, ethnic relations, and gender issues. Through coursework, students develop skills in critical thinking, inquiry, and discourse while becoming more informed.


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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Academic Plan
African-American Studies (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Final Term
Summer 2024

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Courses selected must satisfy the following General Education Requirements:

Awareness Area:
Cultural Diversity in the United States (C) 3 credits
Historical Awareness (H) 3 credits

Core Area:
Humanities (HU) 3 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) 6 credits

What You’ll Learn

This certificate will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Describe the impact of slavery, the Civil War, and reconstruction on African-Americans today and the characteristics of the current African-American population in the United States.
  2. Explain core concepts related to race, ethnicity, and culture.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
AFR110Introduction to African-American Studies (SB, C)3
AFR/ASB/CCS202Ethnic Relations in the United States (SB, C, H)3

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
AFR203African-American History: The Slavery Experience (SB, C, H)3
AFR/HIS204African-American History 1865 to Present (SB, C, H)3
CPD103BCAfrican-American Cultural Pride and Awareness (AFS Department Elective)2
ENH114African-American Literature (HU, C)3
HIS203African-American History I (SB, C, H)3
HUM214African-Americans in Film (HU, C)3
REL225African-American Religions (HU, C)3
SOC143Sociology of African American Problems (SB, C)3

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Full Award Details

First Term
2023 Fall
Final Term
2024 Summer
Total Credits
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SOC codes
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Financial Aid Eligible?
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.