African American and Diaspora Studies Certificate Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

To participate in the African American and Diaspora Studies certificate program, students must declare their affiliation to the current Director of Graduate Studies in the department of African American Studies. To obtain the African American and Diaspora Studies certificate, students must complete five graduate courses in the department of African American Studies, at least two of which must be chosen from the following list of courses:

  • AFAM 401 Research Seminar in Black Studies
  • AFAM 402 Theorizing Black Genders and Sexualities
  • AFAM 403 Theorizing Blackness and Diaspora
  • AFAM 440 Black Historiography
  • AFAM 420 Black Expressive Arts
  • AFAM 460 Politics, Society and Culture

The remaining three electives are courses that will be taught be the core faculty in African American Studies.

Graduate courses typically offered as electives include:

  • 415-0 Gender & Sexuality in the African Diaspora
  • 421-0 Queer Issues in Independent Black Cinema
  • 441-0 History of Black Women in the Diaspora
  • 442-0 Africans in Colonial Latin America
  • 443-0 Queer Looks: On Black Visual Culture
  • 444-0 Civil Rights/Black Liberation
  • 445-0 Historicizing Race in Latin America
  • 463-0 Critical Race Theory
  • 465-0 Race, Conquests & Colonialism
  • 475-0 Genealogy of Racism as a Concept: Deconstruction & Governmentality
  • 480-0 Graduate Topics in African American Studies
  • 490-0 Independent Study

Students may petition the current Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in the department of African American Studies to substitute one of the five required courses with a course offered by a Faculty Affiliate of African American Studies or an instructor whose course has been approved by the DGS.