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Post-baccalaureate Certificate


The proposed changes will make it easier for students to complete the major, minor, or post-baccalaureate certificate in Black studies. These changes will be posted once the are approved by the university.

Requirements for Post-baccalaureate Certificate

A B.A. or B.S. is a prerequisite for a certificate in black studies. Candidates for the black studies certificate must satisfy the requirements outlined below. Completion of 36 credits is required for the certification in black studies. It is recommended that of these 36 credits, 24 credits be Department of Black Studies course offerings. Twenty-four credits will be upper-division courses within an area of specialization constructed with the consent of the adviser and approval of faculty.

1. Completion of 12 credits of lower-division courses with consent of adviser and approval of faculty. These 12 credits must relate to black studies areas of specialization listed below.

2. Completion of 24 credits of upper-division courses in an area of specialization within a program constructed with consent of adviser and approval of faculty. Areas of specialization include:

  • Black culture and civilization (history, art, music, literature, etc.)
  • Black social development (sociology, political science, psychology, etc.)

All courses used to satisfy certificate requirements need not be black studies courses, but can include appropriate courses in other departments as approved by an adviser. Students may focus on the American, Caribbean, or African experiences.

Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) are not acceptable toward fulfilling certificate requirements.

Languages. There are no special language requirements for a Black Studies certificate. However, students interested in travel to Africa, the Caribbean, or South America are encouraged to acquire skills in African languages, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Department of Education Mandated Certificate Program Information Black Studies PB CertED Gainful Employment Disclosure.pdf