Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies & Master of Arts in Africana Studies

E. Anthony Hurley,
Ward Melville Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg,
(631) 632-7472

Graduate Program Director:
L. H. Owens,
Melville Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg.,
(631) 632-7471

Phyllis Zenker,
Ward Melville Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg.,
(631) 632-7470

Degree Awarded:
Graduate Certificate

The Department of Africana Studies(AFS) in the College of Arts and Sciences(CAS) offers a course of interdisciplinary studies leading to a Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies. The purpose of the Graduate Certificate(GC) is threefold: to fill a need for academic inquiry at the graduate level spanning the experiences, history and perspectives of individuals of African heritage(United States, Caribbean/Latin America, Africa); to broaden the scope of academic offerings at the graduate level within the SUNY system and at Stony Brook University(SBU) specifically; and to enhance professional development in a range of careers and professions where knowledge and increased understanding of Black communities past and present is important. Included among these areas are education, law, management, medicine, public health, public service, social welfare, museum curatorship, cinema and media studies. AFS has also been approved by the state of New York to offer the M.A. degree in Africana Studies.

The Graduate Certificate requires a total of 15 graduate course credits found in the Africana Studies core curriculum. Students must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0. Students applying to pursue the GC should also have a 3.0 during their undergraduate years. Six(6) of the credits for the GC are in foundational courses listed as 500 and 502. The remaining 9 credits may be selected from a mix of seminar classes approved by an AFS Department graduate advisor. The application process can be started online by clicking admissions on the main SBU web page and following the appropriate instructions.

M.A. students pursuing M.A.T. and MLS degrees in academic and professional programs outside of Africana Studies may gain approval from their academic units if seeking to designate Africana courses as a cognate area.

First time graduate enrollees desiring campus housing should also keep in mind that housing must be pursued through the housing office which usually has an application deadline in early May. The University at Stony Brook is also fortunate to be connected to NYC and the greater metropolitan area by the Long Island Railroad(LIRR) which has a station on the campus.


Welcome to the Spring 2015 Semester!

 For the most up-to-date information, pictures and relevant discussions, visit the new Stony Brook University Africana Studies Department Facebook page!



Congratulations to M.A. Candidate in Africana Studies Shevonne Cleveland who will be presenting a paper at the 2014 Oxford University Women's Leadership Symposium!

The AFS Open House will be on March 4, 2015 from 12:30pm - 2:20pm. All are invited!






Elizabeth Nunez to speak at the Humanities Institute on Tuesday, April 7th 4PM HUM 1008



Department of Africana Studies • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4340
Undergraduate Office: 631.632.7470 • Graduate Office: 631.632.7470 • Fax: 631.632.5703
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