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Certificate in African Studies (AFRIACRT1)African Studies Program

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.

Description

The Certificate in African Studies provides a background for careers in foreign service, government, business, law, the academic world, and other areas. It is intended to give undergraduates both a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the African continent (as does the minor), but it also requires that students gain a more in-depth knowledge of Africa as it relates to at least one discipline and one of its languages. Four semesters of an African language, such as Akan/Twi, Arabic offered through the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Bamana, Kinyarwanda, Swahili, Yoruba, or Zulu, are required. A Certificate in African Studies also complements a major in many departments and professional schools throughout the university.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 18 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. African Civilization. One (1) course:
  2. Contemporary Africa. One (1) course:
  3. Elective Requirements. 12 credit hours:
    1. 100% African Content. Two (2) courses:
      • (approved topics: "Gumboot Dance: Beauty from Pain"; "Reed Dance"; "Political Leadership in Africa"; "Southern African Culture, Song, and Dance")
      • (approved topic: "Islam in and out of Africa")
      • (approved topics: "Music in African Life"; "African Music Performance"; "West African Music")
      • (approved topics: "African Military History"; "Seminar on Contemporary Africa"; "African History of Technology")
      • (approved topic: "African Communication and Culture")
      • (approved topics: "Good and Evil in Ancient Egypt"; "Ancient Egypt Stories and Poetry")
      • BUS-L 272 Global Business Immersion-business Law & Ethics
      • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs
    2. Electives. Two (2) additional courses:
      • 100% Africa Content Courses
        • (approved topics: "Gumboot Dance: Beauty from Pain"; "Reed Dance"; "Political Leadership in Africa"; "Southern African Culture, Song, and Dance")
        • (approved topic: "Islam in and out of Africa")
        • (approved topics: "Music in African Life"; "African Music Performance"; "West African Music")
        • (approved topics: "African Military History"; "Seminar on Contemporary Africa"; "African History of Technology")
        • (approved topic: "African Communication and Culture")
        • (approved topics: "Good and Evil in Ancient Egypt"; "Ancient Egypt Stories and Poetry")
        • BUS-L 272 Global Business Immersion-business Law & Ethics
        • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs
      • Courses with 25% or higher Africa content
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topic: "Exploring Sustainable Agriculture and Trade")
        • (approved topics: "Nature and Culture:Perspectives in Environment Anthropology"; "Photography and Ethnography")
        • (approved topic: "Money, Materiality, and Value")
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topic: "Love and War across Borders")
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topic: "Folklore and Magical/Animist Realism")
        • (approved topic: "Migrants, Refugees and Cosmopolitans")
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topic: "Ebonics: The Controversy over African American Vernacular English")
        • (approved topic: "Sister Species")
        • (approved topic: "Global Pop Music")
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topics: "Manger, boire..."; "Desire, soffrance et liberte")
        • (approved topic: "Portuguese around the World")
        • (approved topics: "Indian Ocean - Cradle of Globalization"; "Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement")
        • (approved topic: "World War I from the Margins")
        • (approved topic: "Slavery and Unfreedom")
        • (approved topic: "Coffee, Culture, and Global Exchange")
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topic: "Comparative Politics of Natural Resources: Linking the Global and the Local")
        • (approved topic: "Advanced Phonology")
        • (approved topics: "Emerging Media: Nollywood Films"; "Migrants and Refugees in Film")
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy
        • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs
        • SPH-F 347 Hum Dev Ii:mid Chldhd Thru Adol
        • SPH-H 150 Children's Health Up to Age 5
        • SPH-H 414 Health Educ in Pre-k - Grade 6
    3. Advanced Electives. Three (3) courses:
      • Advanced courses with 100% African Content
        • (approved topic: "Islam in and out of Africa")
        • (approved topics: "Music in African Life"; "African Music Performance"; "West African Music")
        • (approved topics: "African Military History"; "Seminar on Contemporary Africa"; "African History of Technology")
        • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs
      • Advanced courses with 25% or higher Africa content
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topics: "Nature and Culture:Perspectives in Environment Anthropology"; "Photography and Ethnography")
        • (approved topic: "Money, Materiality, and Value")
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topic: "Folklore and Magical/Animist Realism")
        • (approved topic: "Migrants, Refugees and Cosmopolitans")
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • (approved topics: "Manger, boire..."; "Desire, soffrance et liberte")
        • (approved topics: "Indian Ocean - Cradle of Globalization"; "Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement")
        • (approved topic: "Slavery and Unfreedom")
        • (approved topic: "Comparative Politics of Natural Resources: Linking the Global and the Local")
        • (approved topic: "Advanced Phonology")
        • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs
        • SPH-F 347 Hum Dev Ii:mid Chldhd Thru Adol
        • SPH-H 414 Health Educ in Pre-k - Grade 6
    4. Departmental Requirement. Elective courses must be from at least two (2) different departments.
    5. Elective College Residency. At least one (1) elective course must be taken from a department or program within the College.
  4. Language requirement. Four (4) semesters in a language, other than English, that is spoken on the African continent. This requirement may be fulfilled by taking African language courses, such as Akan/Twi, Bamana, Kinyarwanda, Swahili, Yoruba, and Zulu; Arabic offered through the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures; or another language approved by the Associate Director of African Studies. In most cases, European languages cannot be used to meet this requirement. Courses used for completion of the CASE foreign language requirement do not count toward the required 18 credit hours needed for the certificate.
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Certificate Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Certificate Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. Certificate GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.