Interim Program Director
Graduate Certificate offered (non-degree): African and African American Studies
Program Description: The African and African American Studies program promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the history, culture, and identity of Africans and African Americans. Graduate students may pursue an African and African American Studies Graduate Certificate after making application to the African and African American Studies program and the Graduate School.
The following materials must be submitted to the Director of the AAST Program:
- Application for Admission to the Certificate Program in African & African American Studies. The form is available from the Program Director and the program’s Web page.
- Confirmation of admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School.
- Complete official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
- Three letters of recommendation from former teachers, employers, or supervisors.
- Statement of purpose describing academic interests and professional goals and how the Graduate Certificate fits into them.
Requirements for Graduate Certificate in African and African American Studies
In order to complete the Graduate Certificate in African & African American Studies, students must complete a total of 15 hours of coursework, which must include AAST 5003 Graduate Seminar in African & African American Studies (Irregular).
The remaining 12 hours of coursework must be approved by the Program Director and adhere to the following stipulations:
- A maximum of 9 of the 12 may come from courses taken in a single department
- At least 9 hours must be from courses numbered 5000 or higher
- A maximum of 3 hours may be earned through AAST 5103 Graduate Readings in African & African American Studies (Irregular)
|ENGL 6853||Seminar in African American Literature and Culture (Irregular)||3|
|HIST 6093||The History of African Americans and Social Justice (Irregular)||3|
|HIST 6623||Africa and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (Irregular)||3|
|HIST 6263||Independence and Africa Today (Sp)||3|
|HIST 6273||Comparative Slavery (Irregular)||3|
|HIST 5563||The Old South, 1607-1865 (Odd years, Fa)||3|
|HIST 5573||The New South, 1860 to the Present (Even years, Fa)||3|
|HIST 5823||Black Freedom in the Age of Emancipation||3|
|HIST 5953||The History of Sub-Saharan African Women (Irregular)||3|
|PLSC 4323||Racial Identity, Politics, and Public Policy (Even years, Sp)||3|
|PLSC 4933||African American Political Ideology (Odd years, Sp)||3|
|THTR 4463||African American Theatre History -- 1950 to Present (Sp)||3|
Additional courses numbered 4000 or higher may be approved by the Program Director for the Graduate Certificate if its subject matter focuses on the study of Africans or African Americans.
AAST 5003. Graduate Seminar in African & African American Studies (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Introduction to graduate study of African & African American Studies through an interdisciplinary examination of the history of the discipline, research methods employed, and its relationship to other disciplines.
AAST 5103. Graduate Readings in African & African American Studies (Irregular). 3 Hours.
An exploration of African & African American Studies topics independently with a faculty member. Topic variable with permission of faculty member. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
Caree A. Banton, Assistant Professor
Todd Cleveland, Assistant Professor
JoAnn D'Alisera, Associate Professor
Pearl Karen Dowe, Associate Professor
Jim Gigantino II, Associate Professor
Brandon Jackson, Assistant Professor
Yvette Murphy-Erby, Professor
Charles F. Robinson II, Professor
Valandra, Assistant Professor
Calvin White Jr., Associate Professor