Africana Studies Certificate

Certificate in Africana Studies

The purpose of the Africana Studies Graduate Certificate Program is to foster the acquisition of knowledge about Africa and the African Diaspora: their cultures, their histories, and their politics.

The Certificate Program is a joint endeavor between the Claremont Graduate University and the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies (IDAS) of The Claremont Colleges.


Any CGU student enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program may concurrently pursue a Certificate in Africana Studies. The certificate requires a minimum of five, 4-unit courses, including a core course titled “Concepts and Methods in Africana Studies.” The courses must be approved by the Graduate Certificate Review Committee (GCRC).

The approved course sequence requires coherence and demonstration of substantive breadth, and relevance to Africana Studies. All five of the courses may count as credit for the M.A. or Ph.D. For the certificate to be awarded, a student must attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the courses taken for the certificate.

Application and Enrollment Procedures

Students enrolled in a CGU degree program may apply for the Africana Studies certificate program by completing the Certificate/Degree Program Change Form and submitting it to Susan Hampson in the School of Arts and Humanities office. 

Completing and Receiving the Certificate

Once students have completed all of the requirements they must fill out an Intent to Receive a Degree form and the Master's Degree - or - Certificate Final Approval form to receive the certificate. Links to both forms can be found at:


Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Jaques-Ross, Program Coordinator
School of Arts & Humanities
Claremont Graduate University
831 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 621-8612
Fax: (909) 607-9587

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