Graduate Program in African American Studies
(Post-Baccalaureate Certificate)

Online or On Campus

About the Graduate Program

As they engage the significance of race, gender, and class in America, students develop theoretical, historical, and political foundations in the study of African Americans. Emerging and leading scholars from various academic backgrounds teach each course. The program provides support to students wishing to pursue African American Studies at the advanced graduate level.

Who Should Apply?

The UNCG African American Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program is available to currently enrolled graduate students at UNCG, as well as community members with undergraduate or graduate degrees in any field. We especially encourage those in education, business, non-profit organizations, and social services to apply. Students who complete the program often enter careers in education and law.

Why Study The African American Experience At UNCG?

  • UNCG is one of the most diverse schools in the UNC system. It has a total graduate student enrollment of approximately 3,600 students, representing 33 states and 34 foreign countries, across over 100 graduate programs. Students engage in campus life as well as community service. Numerous thought provoking events happen on campus each semester.
  • Greensboro is home to seven colleges and universities. Students are an important part of the community at large and have opportunities to network across campuses.
  • Greensboro has a rich history of social movements. The city is perhaps best known for the student sit-ins of 1960.
  • Greensboro continues to have a vibrant, diverse and engaged political, cultural and social life. The downtown area is populated by numerous restaurants, clubs and bars, as well as the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. Numerous grassroots activist organizations around the city continue to engage residents in efforts at political change.
  • Greensboro was the first city in the United States to use a Community Truth and Reconciliation process to deal with past oppression and violence.

Admission Requirements

  • At minimum must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and must have been admitted by The Graduate School.
  • Students already enrolled in a UNCG graduate program do not need to reapply for graduate admission, but must apply for admission to this program.
  • All applicants must complete a two-page statement (approximately 500 words) describing why they are interested in pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in African American Studies, fill out an application form, send two letters of reference, and pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • GRE is not required.

For description of certificate program, consult the graduate bulletin.

Students enrolled exclusively in this post-baccalaureate certificate program are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid. If you are enrolled in a degree-granting program concurrently, you may apply for financial aid through that program.

Listing of African American Studies Graduate Courses

Graduate Studies Brochure

Application to the Graduate School

For more Information:

Omar H. Ali, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate African American Studies
Phone: (336) 334-5507

Or stop by to see us:
Curry Building, Suite 349
UNCG Campus



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