Certificate Requirements

Students who opt to pursue a certificate in African American Studies (AAS) gain access to an extraordinary bibliography that prepares them to think about difference in sophisticated ways. When you are ready to announce your intention to earn the certificate, please complete the AAS Undergraduate Certificate Form.

Professor Naomi Murakawa serves as the director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of African American Studies. Administrative questions should be directed to Jana Johnson.


Earning a Certificate in African American Studies

  1. Students must complete two AAS core survey courses from the list below:
    • AAS 245 Introduction to 20th Century African American Art
    • AAS 353 African American Literature: Origins to 1910
    • AAS 359 African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to Present
    • AAS 366 African American History to 1863
    • AAS 367 African American History Since Emancipation
  2. Students must take three additional elective courses in AAS, cross-listed by AAS, or from our approved cognates list, and at least one of these must be in the Global Race and Ethnicity sub-field.

Additionally, students are encouraged to make African Americans and/or African American Studies central to their senior thesis topic. PDF courses cannot be counted toward your certificate requirements (not including P/D/F Only courses).

During semesters of online instruction due to the pandemic, students may count P/D/F courses toward the certificate requirements.


Approved Cognates

To get approval for cognate courses not already on our list, a student must submit the course syllabus for review to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Naomi Murakawa.


AAS Certificate Registration

Ready to declare as an AAS Certificate student? Simply follow the requirements and fill out the form linked above.

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