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Graduate Certificate

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

Dr. Patrice Nganang
S-245 Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg,
(631) 632-7472

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Patrice Nganang
S249 Social and Behavioral Sciences Bldg.
(631) 632-7470

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Ann Berrios
S-249 Social and 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.

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.

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