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Ohio University Majors

African Culture Through Music and Dance Certificate Program

Program Overview

There is a growing interest and focus on African studies at Ohio University and across the United States. While the College of Fine arts at Ohio University offers selected courses in African performing and visual arts through the School of Music; School of Dance, Film, and Theater; and School of Interdisciplinary Arts, there is neither specific undergraduate degree nor a minor in African music, dance and culture. The African Culture Through Music and Dance Certificate program therefore, functions as a specialization studies program in African studies for undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in African studies, any music or dance program, anthropology, and other majors.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students must apply for admission by contacting the certificate director for an interview.

Change of Program Policy

Students must apply for admission by contacting the certificate director for an interview.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

After graduation the program seeks to expand students' cross cultural awareness, especially African cultural attitudes towards the performing and visual arts. Music graduates will be better equipped for the emerging multicultural classrooms. Dance students are provided with new dance structures and movements for their creative works. Other majors are provided with in-depth knowledge of African cultures through music and dance. Completion of relevant courses and participation in the OU African ensembles and African culture through the arts education abroad program in Ghana will provide undergraduate and graduate students with a multicultural foundation, enhanced by personal experiences in African cultures through arts.

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic catalog

Program Details



Center for International Studies 
Ohio University
Yamada International House 213
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1840
Fax: 740.593.1837

Administrative Contact

Zelma Badu-Younge, co-certificate director/contact person
Putnam Hall 107
Phone: 740.593.1852

Request Info

Please request application information regarding admission as a student using the form below.


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