Pearl K. Dowe
Program Director
230 Memorial Hall
479-575-2872
http://aast.uark.edu

Graduate Certificate offered (non-degree):  African and African American Studies

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.

Admission Requirements:

The following materials must be submitted to the Director of the AAST Program:

  1. 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.
  2. Confirmation of admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School.
  3. Complete official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from former teachers, employers, or supervisors.
  5. 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)

Possible Courses:

ENGL 6853Seminar in African American Literature and Culture (Irregular)3
HIST 4093The History of African Americans and Social Justice (Irregular)3
HIST 4123Africa and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (Irregular)3
HIST 4263Independence and Africa Today (Sp)3
HIST 4273Comparative Slavery (Irregular)3
HIST 4563The Old South, 1607-1865 (Odd years, Fa)3
HIST 4573The New South, 1860 to the Present (Even years, Fa)3
HIST 4823Black Freedom in the Age of Emancipation (Sp)3
HIST 4953The History of Sub-Saharan African Women (Irregular)3
PLSC 4323Racial Identity, Politics, and Public Policy (Even years, Sp)3
PLSC 4933African American Political Ideology (Odd years, Sp)3
THTR 4463African 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.  

Courses

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