The graduate certificate program in African studies in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and the Five Colleges introduces students to the current scholarship on the African Diaspora as well as a basic grounding in the historical, political, literary, and cultural responses of African peoples to their diasporic conditions. 

Graduates of the program will gain a deep understanding of the complex political and historical development of Pan-Africanism and the African Diaspora in the Americas; conceptual strategies for engaging with a variety of discourses on the African Diaspora; and working knowledge of the issues, themes, and concepts informing the current scholarship in African Diaspora studies, including refugee status, exile, migration, immigration, transnationalism, and expatriation.