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Africana Studies

Graduate Certificate


Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Residential/On Campus

Program Overview

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.


Why choose this program?

  • We support the research of scholar-activists, who connect with communities in need and provide research that can help them to shape policies and solve problems.
  • The research and scholarly interests of our faculty cross a wide range of disciplinary boundaries.
  • Best fit for students interest in full-time graduate study on the campus of Virginia’s largest research university. 
  • The graduate program in Sociology at Virginia Tech prepares students to be productive and publicly-engaged scholars, advancing research. 
  • 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.
  • All classes are taught in small seminars and offer personal interaction with faculty and peers. 

What You'll Study

A certificate in Africana studies requires 12 hours of coursework on topics ranging from history to research methods. 

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

Faculty Experts In Africana Studies

Sociology Faculty 

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