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Graduate Students

Welcome to our Graduate Program

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Graduate lectures offered by the department are engaging, entertaining, and insightful in regards to African American culture and history.

The Institute for African American Studies offers a graduate certificate in African American Studies. The program is designed for currently enrolled UGA graduate students in good standing who are matriculated in Masters, Doctoral, Professional, and Specialist degree programs, as well as non-degree seeking enrolled graduate students. Students interested in non-degree seeking status at UGA should contact the Graduate School directly for application information.

The certificate is geared towards those seeking demonstrable knowledge in the area of African American Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Culture, Literature, and the Arts.


Admission to the program would be granted through application to the Institute for African American Studies with the expressed permission of the student’s major adviser or graduate program coordinator.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

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Students during Dr. Feracho's AFAM 7500 lecture

AFAM 7500 (3 hours) Typically offered in spring, but could be offered as independent study (if needed).

This course surveys history of and current discourse on African American Studies as a discipline encompassing the study of the African diaspora in the Americas, while examining fundamental concepts, research methodologies, and tools of analysis that inform the field. 

AFAM 7770 (3 hours) Typically offered in spring, but could be offered as independent study (if needed).

This course is a practicum in the teaching of African American Studies. It blends instructional techniques particular to African American Studies with pedagogical training useful for a beginning TA in any field. The practicum section of the course would take place in one or more sections of AFAM 2000 or a course relevant to the graduate student's major field program of study.

In addition, graduate certificate students would be required to take nine credit hours of graduate level AFAM, AFAM cross-listed, or pre-approved courses complementary to the student’s major field program of study. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment in the IAAS to discuss interests. 

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The application form for the certificate program can be submitted through this site. If there are any questions regarding the graduate certificate, please reach out to Dr. Carolyn Medine or Dr. Lesley Feracho.

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