Jul 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

African Studies Certificate Program

Certificate code CTAFRI

Center for International Studies    
Ohio University
Yamada International House, First Floor
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1840
Fax: 740.593.1837

Dr. Joshua Hill, certificate director/contact person

Program Overview

The African Studies Certificate is open to students from any major. The African Studies Program grew out of the excitement emanating from the decolonization of the continent in the mid-1960’s and the awareness of the important role Africa could play in world affairs. Today the multi-disciplinary nature of the program allows the student to build a course of study reflecting Africa’s contemporary reality. Themes include the socioeconomic development of the continent in the context of Africa’s grand cultural and historical traditions. Students may also view the study of Africa as an excellent case-study of the process of social change in the developing world. The African Studies certificate is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of Africa. The interdisciplinary coursework and language skills of the African Studies Certificate are applicable for a wide variety of professions.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates with this certificate find opportunities in their chosen fields of education, the nonprofit world, public policy, the business sector and more.


Certificate Hours Requirements

The African Studies Certificate program requires a minimum of 26 hours and maintaining a 2.5 or higher GPA in certificate courses.

Core Requirements

 Complete the following course:

Certificate Electives

Complete 9 hours from two departments from the following courses:

Language Requirement

Complete a total of 2 years (4 semesters) or equivalent in one African language. Choose from the following languages: