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Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies University of Tennessee



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The multi-disciplinary graduate certificate in Africana Studies is intended for currently admitted graduate students wishing to develop knowledge and skills necessary to teach survey and upper-division courses in topics related to Africa and the African Diaspora.

Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Prospective candidates for the certificate must apply directly online through the Office of Graduate Admissions and must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
  • Candidates may take up to 6 credit hours of certificate classes before making formal application to the program.

Required Courses

  • Candidates must complete 18 credit hours of course work, selected in consultation with a program advisor, who must approve all courses for individual students prior to the courses being taken (with the exception of the 6 credit hours which may be accepted from candidates upon admission).
    • Courses must be taken for graduate credit and chosen from at least two different departments.
  • Students may choose from the following courses:
    • ANTH 414, ANTH 419, ANTH 432, ANTH 454, ANTH 523
    • ENGL 443, ENGL 552, ENGL 560
    • FREN 573
    • GEOG 541, GEOG 641, GEOG 663
    • HIST 517, HIST 543, HIST 561, HIST 563
    • PORT 430, PORT 432
    • SOCI 452
    • SPAN 484, SPAN 586, SPAN 587
  • Topics and independent study courses where appropriate, and courses in the Department of Child and Family Studies and in the Department of Public Health in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, may be applied to the Africana Studies certificate with the permission of the certificate coordinator.
  • Six of the 18 credit hours may count towards both the student’s major and the certificate. All 18 credit hours must be completed within a five-year period.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies.

Full Time (18 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$31,139.00 (22,82,470) per year


Aug-21, Jan-22


University of Tennessee



37996, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency. A non-U.S. degree must be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from the United States and must be accredited by its regional or national accreditation agency. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees must have earned a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or other equivalent to a ‘B’ average. If you have completed previous graduate coursework, you must have earned a minimum of 3.3 out of a possible 4.0 GPA or other equivalent to a ‘B+’ average.

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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