Certificate in Africana Studies

The Africana Studies certificate provides an overview and understanding of both historical and contemporary perspectives on the lived experiences of the peoples and cultures of Africa.

As a student in Africana Studies certificate, you will explore the life, history, development, politics, culture, religion, health, environment, resources, growth, and economies of people of African. The certificate enables you to supplement your education in your major discipline with a concentration on African Studies.

To be admitted for a certificate in Africana Studies, you must complete:

  • 55 credit hours toward a degree at IUPUI
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form

To earn a certificate, you must complete:

  • 18 credit hours in Africana Studies with a minimum grade of C in each course

Core Courses

  • For the minor, you take AFRO-A 152: Introduction to African Studies (3 credits), plus either AFRO-A 200: Research in African and African Diaspora Studies (3 credits) or AFRO-A 495: Individual Readings in African American and African Diaspora Studies (1-3 credits).


In addition to the core courses, you may choose four elective courses.

  • AFRO-A 306: Globalization, Struggle, and Empowerment in the African Diaspora (3 credits)
  • ANTH-E 384: The African Diaspora (3 credits)
  • ENG-L 382: Fiction of the Non-Western World: 20th Century African Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG-L 411: Literature and Society: South African Literature and Culture (3 credits)
  • FREN-F 271: Cultures and Border Crossings (3 credits)
  • HIST-H 227: African Civilization (3 credits)
  • HIST-H 421: Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History: Peoples and Cultures of Africa or Modern Africa (3 credits)
  • POLS-Y 338: African Politics (3 credits)
  • REL-R 308: Arab Histories (3 credits)
  • REL-R 328: Afro-Diasporic Religions (3 credits)
  • SWK-S 300: Selected Topics in Social Work: Global Human Rights and Cultural Competency Skills (3 credits)

Degree Map

To help you guide your college journey, consult your degree map for a snapshot of classes, you need to finish your degree.

More Info

Contact Dr. Patricia Turley, Faculty Mentor, jordanp@iupui.edu.