The graduate certificate program in African studies by the Center for African Studies is designed for graduate students who would like to pursue a concentration in African studies as part of their regular graduate studies. Those who fulfill the requirements may be awarded a certificate in African studies upon completion of their degree. Some requirements for the certificate may be used to satisfy the student`s own graduate degree requirements. These requirements are as follows:
1. Successful completion with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 of the two African studies core courses, 16.016:501 Current Issues in the Study of Africa and 16:016:502 Interdisciplinary Research in African Studies;
2. Successful completion with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 of at least three term courses on Africa from among approved graduate-level cognate courses (9 credits in total). At least one of these courses must be outside the student`s degree program. Three of those credits may be accrued through independent study;
3. Proficiency in any African language or a relevant European language other than English demonstrated through completion of the second year of language study or by taking a language exam arranged through the Center for African Studies;
4. Completion of a major piece of writing on a topic related to Africa (master`s thesis, dissertation, published article, or two substantial research papers).
Only students already admitted to a degree program in the Graduate School-New Brunswick may participate in the certificate program. Courses in African studies are offered by a number of graduate programs. Further information is available from the director of the graduate certificate program in African studies.