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African Studies

Certificate in African Studies


The African Studies program offers an 18-credit-hour Certificate in African Studies designed to provide undergraduate students with an overview and understanding of both historical and contemporary perspectives on the lived experiences of the peoples and cultures of Africa.

The curriculum provides students with a wide breadth of knowledge pertaining to the approaches used in the study of Africa in terms of its history, development, politics, culture, religion, health, environment, resources, growth, and economies.

The Certificate in African Studies enables students to supplement the instruction in their major discipline with a concentration on African studies. Alternatively, the certificate provides additional preparation for students currently pursuing pre-med, pre-dentistry, nursing, business, engineering, and law degrees who may envision a future career working in Africa.

Students complete 18 credit hours of coursework, consisting of 2 core courses and 4 elective courses.

Admission to the Certificate in African Studies program requires the following:

  • 55 credit hours earned toward a degree at IUPUI.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Contacting the program office to complete the necessary paperwork to officially declare the certificate.

The Certificate in African Studies requires satisfactory completion of the 18 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course.