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Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate - Africana Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies is a 15-hour certificate that offers students the opportunity to do graduate-level study that focuses on African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, and other African Diasporan histories and cultures. The course work is designed to ground students within the discipline of Africana Studies and to equip them with critical thinking and research skills that will prepare them for life-long learning, scholarly productivity, and a knowledge base and skills, which they can apply to other academic or professional endeavors.

For further details of these requirements, please see the Graduate Study handbook, Graduate Certificate Office website (http://gradcerts.usf.edu), or contact Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez at crodriguez@usf.edu, or 813-974-5949.

Graduate Certificate - Genocide & Human Rights

The Graduate Certificate in Genocide and Human Rights is a 15-hour graduate certificate that offers students the opportunity to examine, from a global and comparative perspective, organized violence intended to destroy particular groups of people, and the gross violations of the entitlements to life and dignity that all human beings claim. It pays attention to the effects that these forms of violence have on the health of the surviving victims, perpetrators, and bystanders, and how the societies in which these types of violence occur address their painful memories. As an interdisciplinary program emphasizing research and practice, the Certificate aims at producing thinkers, analysts and activists who seek a deeper understanding of genocide and human rights abuses as assaults on human dignity and who plan to dedicate themselves to the creation of a peaceful world.

For further details of these requirements, please see the Graduate Study handbook, Graduate Certificate Office website (http://gradcerts.usf.edu), or contact Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez at crodriguez@usf.edu, or 813-974-5949.

Graduate Certificate – Diasporas & Health Disparities

The Graduate Certificate in Diasporas and Health Disparities, offered jointly by the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Global Health, is an 18-hour interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with knowledge about the relationship between health and diverse populations. Primary areas of study are diasporas and health, global public health, and cultural aspects of health and illness.

For further details of these requirements, please see the Graduate Study handbook, Graduate Certificate Office website (http://gradcerts.usf.edu), or contact Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez at crodriguez@usf.edu, or 813-974-5949.

    • Graduate Certificate Admissions Requirements
      • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university or college.
      • Upper division undergraduate GPA of 3.00
    • Graduate Certificate Application Process
      • Visit the Graduate Certificate website to access the graduate certificate application (http://gradcerts.usf.edu/index.asp)
      • In addition, to the general application forms please submit the following items directly to the Graduate Certificate Office:
        • Official transcripts
        • Resume/CV
        • Statement of Purpose noting the student’s academic experience, and their interest in the respective graduate certificate.  Please contact the Graduate Director for further information.
        • Academic writing sample of no less than five pages.  Please contact the Graduate Director, Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez, at crodriguez@usf.edu, or 813-974-5949.