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Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies

A graduate certificate in Africana Studies serves two populations: graduate students at Virginia Tech who would like to demonstrate competence in some aspect of Africana Studies, and non-degree seeking students who desire special competence in Africana Studies for personal development or career advancement. Also, 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.
How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admission Requirements

Graduate students accepted to any graduate degree program at Virginia Tech may apply to receive the Africana Studies certificate. 
Decisions for non-degree seeking students are made by the Africana Studies director and core faculty based on transcripts, a writing sample, and a statement of purpose.

Course Requirements

Students are required to take and pass four of these five Africana Studies graduate courses with a B average. (12 hours).

The current courses are as follows:

  • 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 
Course substitutions may be approved by the Director of Africana Studies.

Contact Brandy Faulkner ( for more information about Africana Studies and opportunities for graduate student engagement.