An overview of the Graduate Certificate in Pan-African Studies.The Graduate Certificate in Pan-African Studies
Admission to the graduate certificate in Pan-African Studies is open, potentially, to any student who has completed at a minimum a 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 Graduate School. These requirements include the submission of:
1) an official transcript reflecting previous degrees earned;
2) at least two letters of recommendation; and
3) official scores on the General Test Section of the Graduate Record Examination.
The PAS Graduate Programs Committee may request a personal interview with the applicant as part of the application process.
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 to these standards are not anticipated. However, a "Graduate Programs Committee" (comprised of three PAS faculty, one representative from the School of Education and one from another Arts and Sciences department) will be responsible for dealing with exceptional cases as they arise.
The Department of Pan-African Studies Graduate Studies Committee will review and evaluate each applicant's qualifications for admission and make recommendations to the Chair.
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 Graduate School.
- 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.