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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.


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

In order to evaluate your application, you need to provide the following documents and submit them at the website for UH Graduate School Admission:
  • One copy of your official transcript(s) with degree(s) posted by each of the colleges and/or universities you have attended in the past.
  • A resume
  • Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Immunization
    • 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)
  • $25 application fee.
Application Deadline Dates
Fall Term: July 1
Spring Term: December 1
Summer Term: May 1