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African Studies Undergraduate Certificate

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The African Studies Program grew out of the excitement emanating from the decolonization of the continent in the mid-1960’s and the awareness of the important role Africa could play in world affairs. Today the multi-disciplinary nature of the program allows the student to build a course of study reflecting Africa’s contemporary reality. Themes include the socioeconomic development of the continent in the context of Africa’s grand cultural and historical traditions. Students may also view the study of Africa as an excellent case-study of the process of social change in the developing world.  The African Studies certificate is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of Africa.  The interdisciplinary coursework and language skills of the African Studies Certificate are applicable for a wide variety of professions. 

Eligibility and Required Coursework

The African Studies Certificate is open to students from any major. The program requires students maintain GPA of 2.5 or higher in certificate courses and enroll in two years of language study. For an updated list of program requirements, please see the course catalog.

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You can apply to add the African Studies Certificate online. If you have questions about the program, please contact one of our faculty members.

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Dr. Catherine Cutcher
Assistant Director
Global Studies Programs
Center for International Studies
Yamada International House 106
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 597-2756
Dr. Joshua Hill
Interim Director of Global Studies Undergraduate Programs
Ohio University
(740) 593-4354
(740) 593-1834
413 Bentley Annex and Yamada 213
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Dr. Ghirmai Negash
Director, African Studies
Professor of English & African Literature
Ellis 344
(740) 593-0311