Graduate Certificate in Pan-African Studies

Major: PAS
Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/panafricanstudies

Program Information

Admission

Admission to the graduate certificate in Pan-African Studies is open, potentially, to any student who has completed at a minimum baccalaureate degree. Post-baccalaureate students wishing to pursue the certificate outside the framework of a graduate degree program must apply for admission through and meet the general requirements for admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.  These requirements include the submission of:

  • An official transcript reflecting previous degrees earned;
  • At least two letters of recommendation; and
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of the General Test Section.

If resource limitations necessitate the imposition of restrictions, the Pan-African Studies Graduate Programs Committee will select students based on the following criteria: 1) undergraduate record; 2) letters of recommendation; 3) personal interview; and 4) GRE scores.

Graduate students wishing to pursue the certificate program in Pan-African Studies in conjunction with a graduate degree must meet the requirements for admission to that degree program and should then apply for the certificate program by consulting the Pan-African Studies Director of Graduate Studies after admission.  Depending on the structure of the degree program, coursework toward the certificate may be either additional hours beyond those required for the degree or elective hours toward the degree, or a combination of the two.  The Pan-African Studies Director of Graduate Studies shall then inform the student's degree program chair and work to coordinate the completion of degree and graduate certificate program requirements.

Curriculum

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Pan-African Studies

  • A total of 15 credit hours in courses approved for graduate credit in accordance with the policies of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
  • Nine (9) credit hours must be chosen from the list of "Approved Pan-African Studies Courses" (available in the Department of Pan-African Studies): three (3) credit hours from the "Historical Studies" area; three (3) credit hours from the "Cultural Studies" area; and three (3) credit hours from the "Social Studies" area.  Substitutions must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Six (6) credit hours must be chosen from the list of "Approved Electives" (available in the Department of Pan-African Studies").   For students pursuing graduate degrees, at least one course must be outside of the department in which the student is pursuing the degree.  Substitutions must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • At least one-half of the credit hours must be at the 600 level.
  • A single course may satisfy more than one of these requirements.

Course work toward the graduate certificate in Pan-African Studies may also count toward the student's graduate degree.

Note: Students may not apply 500-level courses taken for undergraduate credit.

Faculty

Tomarra Adams

Assistant Professor

Latrica Best
Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

W. Carson Byrd

Assistant Professor

Joy G. Carew

Associate Professor

Robert L. Douglas

Professor Emeritus

Tyler Fleming

Assistant Professor

Pearlie Johnson

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth M. Jones

Assistant Professor

Ricky L. Jones
Professor

Department Chair

Yvonne V. Jones

Associate Professor

Shirletta Kinchen

Assistant Professor

Mawuena Logan

Assistant Professor

Michael Brandon McCormack

Assistant Professor

Priscilla McCutcheon

Assistant Professor

Theresa A. Rajack-Talley

Associate Professor

Kaila Story

Associate Professor

William Tkweme

Assistant Professor