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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 during the Darl Snyder African Studies Lecture. 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; 1002; & 2001        

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

For a complete listing of courses for the Certificate in African Studies, please visit:
the African Studies Institute website: or consult the University of Georgia bulletin:

For more information, 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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