Certificate in African Studies


Please note: Certificate program fees differ based on academic and program requirements. Please contact your Program Manager regarding certificate program fees.

Overview

The Arcadia Certificate in African Studies is an innovative program of study that enables undergraduate students to earn an additional academic credential for their focus on area studies. The Certificate Program draws upon the extensive course offerings and resources of The College's overseas programs in South Africa, France, and the United Kingdom.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of learning experiences from courses to research, co- and extra-curricular activities. This interdisciplinary, global program of studies is centered in the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

The African Studies Certificate Program not only draws upon the extensive resources of The College of Global Studies, but is also based on and closely tied to the mission of both The College of Global Studies and Arcadia University.

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Structure

There are two options for completing the Certificate program:

Option 1

Students must study in two different programs of The College of Global Studies, and one must be either the program in South Africa. Students are required to complete a minimum of 20 semester hour credits, including the capstone research project.

South Africa - Arcadia Center for South African Studies

England - Arcadia London Center

France - American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy


Option 2

Students study at The College's program in South Africa for at least one semester. Students are required to complete a minimum of 20 semester hour credits, including the capstone research project. A total of 4 semester hours' credit of coursework in African Studies may be transferred from the student's home institution into the Certificate.

South Africa - Arcadia Center for South African Studies

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Requirements

Any student who qualifies to study on a program through The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is eligible to apply for the certificate program in African Studies. Application for the certificate is to be made to The College of Global Studies.

Students will earn an Arcadia University Certificate in African Studies by:

  • completing 20 semester hours of credit in interdisciplinary African Studies

  • maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or higher in all courses and academic experiences.

  • preparing a capstone research project (a 5-6,000 word paper or presentation of equivalent work) along with an oral presentation on African Studies, for 4 semester hours of credit.

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Your Program

In consultation with the Arcadia Program Manager and the Academic Dean of The College of Global Studies, the students will begin to design their academic program during the application process for study abroad on The College of Global Studies programs, and complete the process in-country with an academic advisor.

The capstone research project is supervised by a faculty member from The College of Global Studies program with oversight by The College's Academic Dean or designee. The student will be expected to give an oral presentation of the project to the faculty supervisor at the end of the program.

Credit from the program may be applied independently to the student's home institution according to the policy and procedures of that institution.

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Transcript

Arcadia University, through The College of Global Studies, monitors and determines that the certificate is complete, and it keeps record of certificates earned and issued. The process will be similar to the issuing of official Arcadia University transcripts for study on The College of Global Studies programs. All students, upon completion of their studies, will receive an official Arcadia University transcript.

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