Oct 14, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

African Studies [Undergraduate Certificate]


Add a specialty to your degree with an undergraduate certification in African Studies. Gain special insight into ancient and contemporary Africa from a scholarly perspective. The certificate program encompasses such areas of African affairs as history, political economics, geography, politics, and arts. It serves as a means by which the student can enhance his/her awareness of the diversity that characterizes human existence.

In sum, this program is designed to prepare and equip students with:
1. Inter-cultural sensitivity
2. The ability to develop social policies and cultural competencies applicable to their careers
3. Knowledge of key epistemological issues in African Studies
4. Research, critical thinking, and critical writing skills

Career Opportunities

Students who are still working towards their undergraduate degrees or many professionals with degrees in a variety of educational arenas may find this certification program a means of achieving an edge above the competition. The certificate is intended to complement careers in a wide variety of fields, including education, social work, international jobs, health care, and political science. Those with careers or majors in international relations, economic and political affairs, public policy and administration, public relations, journalism, community outreach, social services, human resources and cultural diversity, may find this certificate particularly helpful.

Online & Non-online Courses

Note that for both required and restricted elective categories, online and non-online versions of the approved courses are acceptable.

Department Information


Africology & African American Studies | Victor Okafor, Ph.D., Department Head | 620 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.3460, vokafor@emich.edu

Advisor Information


 Victor Okafor, Ph.D., 620 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.3460, vokafor@emich.edu

Critical Information


Students pursuing an undergraduate certificate in conjunction with a baccalaureate degree must declare this using the major/minor declaration form. Students not pursuing an undergraduate certificate in conjunction with a baccalaureate degree are required to apply to the certificate program through the Office of Admissions.

The following are the minimum requirements for an Undergraduate Certificate:

  • An undergraduate certificate may only be offered in conjunction with or subsequent to a baccalaureate degree. They cannot be ‘stand-alone’ certificates, offered to students who are not pursuing or do not have a previously earned bachelor’s degree. For students pursuing an undergraduate certificate concurrent with a bachelor’s degree, the certificate will be awarded upon graduation.
  • An undergraduate certificate will consist of a minimum of six credits at the 300-level or above, all of which must be taken at EMU. Prerequisite or lower-level coursework may be transferred from another university or community college.
  • Credits used to satisfy certificate course requirements cannot also be used to satisfy major, minor, or general education requirements.

An undergraduate certificate must require a minimum of 15 credit hours.

Certificate Requirements: 12 hours


The certificate in African Studies requires completion of the following 12-credit hour requirement. Note that only 300-level or above courses can be applied towards this certificate program, and such courses must be completed at Eastern. In addition, credits applied to this certificate program cannot be used towards the satisfaction of any major or minor requirement.

It has been determined by the University that completion of the Undergraduate Certificate in African Studies as written meets the requirements for graduation.