Certificate in African and African American Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the Certificate in African and African American Studies

Upon completing the certificate in African and African American Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding and use of major themes and concerns represented in African and African American Studies.
  2. Develop the use of intellectual tools to conduct scholarship associated with African and African American Studies.

Requirements for the Certificate in African and African American Studies

The certificate in African and African American Studies is a graduate certificate.  For general university requirements, please see Graduate Certificates. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Students pursuing the certificate in African and African American Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 4 courses (12-13 credit hours, depending on course selection) of graduate-level study (coursework at the 500-level or above) to satisfy certificate requirements.
  • A minimum of 2 semesters of participation in the CAAAS Colloquium.1,5
  • A thesis (for the PhD program in which they have been admitted) that in some way features African and African American Studies.2
  • No graduate-level coursework from transfer credit. For additional program guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.67 or higher in all Rice coursework
  • A minimum GPA of 3.33 or higher in all Rice coursework that satisfies requirements for the graduate certificate with a minimum grade of B+ (3.33 grade points) in each course.

This certificate is not a freestanding degree program; in addition to fulfilling the certificate requirements outlined below, candidates will be required to complete successfully the degree program to which they have been admitted in order to receive this certificate. Upon completion, the certificate is awarded at the same time as the conferral of the student’s Rice degree, along with a formal notation on their academic transcript.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this certificate. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the certificate’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the certificate's Official Certifier. Additionally, these must be approved by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in African and African American Studies12-13

Certificate Requirements

Core Requirement
AAAS 510INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES3
Elective Requirements
Select 3 courses from the following: 39-10
AFRICAN PREHISTORY
AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD TECHNIQUES (minimum of 3 credit hours) 4
ANTHROPOLOGY OF RACE, ETHNICITY AND HEALTH
AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
RACE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE URBAN SOUTH
RELIGION, RACE, AND DIFFERENCE IN A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
RACE AND SLAVERY IN THE EARLY ATLANTIC
SLAVERY AND SLAVING IN AFRICA
RACE, ETHNICITY, AND AMERICAN POLITICS
RELIGION AND POLITICS IN AFRICA
AFRICAN MYTHS AND RITUALS
THEOLOGY IN AFRICA
THE CHURCH OF AFRICA
THE RELIGIOUS THOUGHT OF MARTIN L. KING, JR. AND MALCOLM X
WHAT'S RELIGIOUS ABOUT BLACK RELIGION?
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND RELIGION
RACE AND FAMILY SEMINAR
RACE AND ETHNICITY SEMINAR
RACE, SOCIETY AND POPULATION CHANGE
RACE AND RACISM
RACE, MIGRATION, AND HEALTH SEMINAR
Colloquium Requirement
AAAS 600AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES COLLOQUIUM (2 semesters required, 1st semester) 50
AAAS 600AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES COLLOQUIUM (2 semesters required, 2nd semester) 50
Total Credit Hours12-13

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the Certificate in African and African American Studies

Application Procedures

  1. Status: Good standing within a Rice graduate-level degree-granting department or program, evidenced through the student's academic transcript.
  2. Application: Students must submit an application including: 
    1. CV
    2. 2-3 page double-spaced description of their work and either its connection to African and African American Studies or how the study of African and African American Studies will enhance their academic trajectory
    3. Academic transcript
    4. Letter of Recommendation from primary advisor

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the certificate in African and African American Studies should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • Graduate students may declare their intent to pursue a university certificate only after they have first been admitted into a graduate-level Rice degree-granting program.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the certificate in African and African American Studies should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • The Certificate in African and African American Studies program does not allow any of its course requirements to be met by transfer credit.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the African and African American Studies website: https://caaas.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the Certificate in African and African American Studies

CAAAS Colloquium and Presentation 

Students in the Certificate in African and African American Studies program participate in the colloquium consisting of research presentations and public lectures organized by the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) for a minimum of 2 semesters. In order to fulfill certificate requirements, students must register for the colloquium course (AAAS 600) and participate in 6 colloquium meetings. Colloquium topics are determined by the CAAAS steering committee with input from CAAAS affiliated faculty. The colloquium provides graduate students with the opportunity to interact with leading scholars, network, enhance their knowledge of cutting-edge issues in AAAS, and refine their AAAS scholarship.

Colloquium attendance constitutes an official requirement for the certificate, including at least one presentation (for more information, see the Requirements tab). Attendance beyond the required minimum is highly encouraged.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the African and African American Studies website: https://caaas.rice.edu/

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this program.