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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 PAS 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 PAS 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 PAS 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.

Exceptions
Exceptions to these standards are not anticipated.  However, a "Graduate Programs Committee" (comprised of three PAS faculty, one representative from the College of Education and Human Development and one from another Arts and Sciences department) will be responsible for dealing with exceptional cases as they arise.

Responsibility
The Department of Pan-African Studies Director of Graduate Studies will review and evaluate each applicant's qualifications for admission and make recommendations to the Chair.  The Graduate Programs Committee referenced above will be convened only to review exceptional cases.



Curriculum


Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Pan-African Studies

  • A total of fifteen (15) 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 PAS 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 three 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.



Departmental Faculty


Tomarra Adams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Latrica Best, Ph.D
Assistant Professor

W. Carson Byrd, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Joy G. Carew, Ph.D
Associate Professor

Robert L. Douglas, Ph.D. 
Professor Emeritus

Tyler Fleming, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Pearlie Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ricky L. Jones, Ph.D.
Professor

Department Chair

Yvonne V. Jones, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor

Co-Director of Graduate Studies

Shirletta Kinchen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Michael Brandon McCormack, ABD

Assistant Professor

Theresa A. Rajack-Talley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Kaila Story, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Co-Director of Graduate Studies

William Tkweme, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor



Contact Information

Pan-African Studies - Certificate

Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (502)852-5985
Fax: (502)852-5954
 

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