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.











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, Shannon Bell, by email at or by phone at 540-231-4445.

Visit our office at 560 McBryde Hall, 225 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061


Fall: August 1

Spring: January 1


Shannon Bell

Director of Graduate Studies

674 McBryde Hall


Tish Glosh

Graduate Coordinator
560 McBryde Hall










Department of Sociology

560 McBryde Hall (0137)

225 Stanger Street

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-8971