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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

African American Studies Certificate

1119 Taliaferro Hall, 301-405-1158

The Certificate in African American Studies offers undergraduate students an excellent opportunity to develop a specialization in African-American issues while pursuing a major in another field.  Certificate students learn about the social, economic, political and cultural history of the African-American people through a concentration of courses they plan with the AASD Academic Advisor.  Courses taken toward the certificate also may be used to satisfy General Education requirements and electives.

Earning a Certificate in African American Studies gives students a competitive advantage in the job market by adding greater focus to their undergraduate experience.

Requirements for the Certificate

  • 9 hours of AASP General Education courses: AASP100, AASP101, and AASP200 or AASP202.
  • 9 hours of upper division electives in AASP (300-level or above); courses in other departments must be pre-approved.
  • 3 credit seminar: AASP400 or AASP402.
  • Students must earn a "C-" or above in each course applied toward the certificate.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy the undergraduate certificate requirements.
  • No more than 9 credit hours applied towards a major may be counted for the certificate.
  • No more than 9 credit hours may be taken at institutions other than UMD.

For more information, or to apply, please call the African American Studies Department at 301-405-1158. The AASD office is located in 1119 Taliaferro Hall.

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