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The Graduate Certificate in African American Studies Program

The Graduate Certificate in African American Studies Program is a nine-hour disciplinary concentration open to students in all UH graduate and professional degree programs. It is also open to post baccalaureate professionals (including teachers, social service providers, policymakers, and others) interested in enhancing their knowledge and    understanding of Africana phenomena.

The Graduate Certificate In African American Studies Program introduces students to advanced discussions, analyses, theoretical perspectives, and research methodologies in the discipline of Africana Studies. In addition, it provides intellectual breadth to a student's course of study, increasing the depth and coherence of the student's work within her/his primary field of study on critical issues concerning Africana phenomena. Africana Studies is a distinct academic discipline that engages Africa-centered research and teaching through an interdisciplinary approach to scholarly inquiry. Employing tools from the humanities and social sciences for academic study, research, and teaching, Africana Studies explores the varied dimensions of the human experience -- that is, phenomena, ideas, events, peoples, and personalities -- from the perspective of the interests of African people in the United States and their relationship to themselves and to African and other peoples in the world.

Requirements

AAS 6300: Africana Studies Theory and Method
The course explores critical issues in research theory and methods in Africana Studies, including issues in research designs and tools of analysis. (3 hours)

AAS 6307: Seminar on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
The course is a critical study and analysis of the major ideas and doctrines that formed the conceptual frameworks of these two men. It engages explorations of cultural pluralism, self-determination, Pan Africanism, satygraha, nonviolence, civil disobedience, reform, and revolution. (3 hours)

AAS 6308: Africana Religion and Biography
The course examines Africana religion in the United States, interrogating Christian, Islamic, Hebrew, and traditional African forms by means that include auto/biographies of representative and influential figures. (3 hours)

Application Process

Steps to applying for the African American Studies Graduate Certificate Program. These steps are not meant for students who have applied and been accepted into a graduate program at the University of Houston. If that is the case, you only need to submit the online graduate certificate application to our office.

Application Deadline Dates

Fall Term: May 1

Spring Term: December 1

Summer Term: April 1

For applicants that are not former UH students:

  1. Obtain Post-baccalaureate status at the University of Houston.
    1. Go to www.ApplyTexas.org
    2. Create username and password to Login to the website.
    3. Select “create a new four year university admissions application” from the menu.
    4. Select “University of Houston—Main Campus” for the Target University.
    5. Choose “Graduate, US” for Application Type.
    6. Choose the semester that you intend to enroll.
    7. Under the heading “Select School”, choose “College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS)”.
    8. Select “CLASS—African American Studies—Cert. Grad” for the Major.
    9. Enter your biographical data.
    10. Complete the remaining sections of the application.
    11. Mail the application fee (if any), transcripts, and any required forms to the mailing address listed on the application.
  2. Bacterial Meningitis Immunization
    1. Beginning January 2012, Texas State law (SB 1107) mandates that all entering students under the age of 30 provide a certificate signed by a health care provider or an official immunization record verifying that a student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis, or has received a booster during the five years prior to registration. Students may also submit proof of approved conscience exemption from the Texas Department of State Health Services (see below for more information).

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  3. Enroll in an AAS Graduate Certificate Course.
    1. Schedule an appointment to meet with the academic advisor in African American Studies--Malachi Crawford, AH 634, (713) 743-2817.
    2. Complete and sign an ADD Form for the course.

For applicants that graduated from UH:

  1. Enroll in an AAS Graduate Certificate Course.
    1. Schedule an appointment to meet with the academic advisor in African American Studies--Malachi Crawford, AH 634, (713) 743-2817.
    2. Complete and sign a general petition to request that you be term activated and your academic status be changed to post-baccalaureate status.
    3. Complete and sign an ADD Form for the course.