Africana Studies (Graduate Certificate )
Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
Instructions: Residential/On Campus
Students in Sociology benefit from advanced training in research design and methods, as well as such areas as inequalities of gender, race, age, class, and sexuality; crime; culture; global political economy; and health.
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What is Graduate Certificate in African Studies?
A certificate in Africana studies requires 12 hours of coursework on topics ranging from history to research methods.
Why Study African Studies Here?
A graduate certificate in Africana Studies serves two populations: graduate students in other programs at Virginia Tech, and non-degree seeking students who desire special competence in Africana Studies for personal development/career advancement. Graduate students in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) and the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) can use this certificate as a cognate within their degree programs.
What You'll Study
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the curriculum is composed of courses in literature, history, sociology, political science, religion, and gender relations. Students are required to take and pass four of the five Africana Studies graduate courses with a B average. (12 hours).
AFST 5224 Africana Studies Professional Seminar
AFST 5234 Research Methods in Africana Studies
AFST 5314 Theories in Africana Studies
AFST 5354 Topics in Africana Studies
AFST 5434 History of Africana People
Careers of Program Graduates
Our graduates have gone on to become professors of sociology and related fields in universities around the world, and to direct and coordinate social research in such organizations as the U.S. Census, the Mt. Sinai medical school, the University of Virginia’s Cancer Center, the California’s Department of Social Services.
Graduate students accepted in any graduate program at Virginia Tech may be admitted to the Africana Studies certificate program. Decisions for admission to the certificate program for non-degree seeking students are made by the Sociology Graduate Admissions Committee, based on transcripts, a writing sample, and a statement of purpose.
Students interested in applying to the Africana Studies Graduate Certificate should contact the program director, Neal King, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 540-231-8174.
Visit our office at 560 McBryde Hall, 225 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Fall: August 1
Spring: January 1