Students may apply for formal admission to the certificate program at any time once they have taken and achieved a satisfactory standing in the core course, AAS 201 Introduction to the Study of African American Cultural Practices.
In addition to taking AAS 201, students seeking a certificate in African American studies are required to take two core courses in African American Studies. These two courses must be selected from the history (HIS 386/AAS 366 African American History to 1863 and HIS 387/AAS 367 African American History from Reconstruction to the Present) and literature (AAS 353/ENG 352 African American Literature: Origins to 1910 and AAS 359/ENG 366 African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to Present) survey courses, one of which must be a pre-20th century course. (The pre-20th century courses are HIS 386/AAS 366 African American History to 1863 or AAS 353/ENG 352 African American Literature: Origins to 1910.) Students must also take three additional courses in AAS, cross-listed by AAS, from our Related Courses list or cognates approved by our Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to qualify for the certificate. To get approval for cognate courses, you must submit the course syllabus for review. Students are strongly urged to take at least two of these additional courses either in the Race and Public Policy subfield or in the Global Race and Ethnicity subfield. The center further suggests that race figure centrally in the student's senior thesis.
CAAS is proud to extend the opportunity for students to obtain a certificate in AAS while completing the major requirements in the following departments: