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Dean Randy L. Diehl in the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following addition of an  African Studies Certificate program in the College of Liberal Arts section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. On October 31, 2013, the college approved the addition. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation as being of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty).

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on February 5, 2014, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with UT System.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by February 21, 2014.
Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council

Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 10, 2014.


  1. Type of Proposal: New Certificate Program.

  2. Scope of Proposed Change:
    a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools?
    If yes, then how?
    b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
    If yes, explain?
    c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges? No
    If the answer to 2a, 2b, or 2c is “yes”:
      How many students do you expect to be impacted?
      Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:

  3. Official Certificate Name: African Studies Certificate

  4. Proposed Implementation Date: Fall 2014

  5. CIP Code (administrative unit awarding the certificate): 05.0201.01

  6. Statement of Objective: The objective of the African Studies Certificate is to encourage students to engage with scholarship on African peoples, cultures, and history through the theoretical lens of Black studies. Through the certificate, undergraduates will develop interdisciplinary expertise in African studies related to the student’s personal field of interest, which can include: expressive cultures, gender and sexuality studies, literature, language, history, politics, and society as these topics relate to theories of Blackness on the African continent.

  7. Number of Students Expected to Receive the Certificate Each Semester: Five

  8. Number of Hours Required for Completion(Please note if there is a minimum or maximum number of hours): Eighteen

  9. List Faculty on the Certificate Program Faculty Committee
    Name of Faculty Member College/Department Title at UT Austin Highest Degree and Awarding Institution
    Omoniyi Afolabi* COLA/AADS and SPN Associate Professor of AADS and SPN PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Ruramisai Charumbira* COLA/HIST Assistant Professor of History PhD, Yale University
    Tshepo Chery* COLA/AADS Assistant Professor of AADS PhD, University of Pennsylvania
    Toyin Falola* COLA/HIS Professor of History PhD, University of Ife
    Omi Jones* COLA/AADS Associate Professor of AADS PhD, New York University
    Xavier Livermon* COLA/AADS Assistant Professor of AADS PhD, University of California, Berkeley
    Fehintola Mosadomi* COLA/AADS and MES Assistant Professor of AADS and MES PhD, Tulane University

  10. Academic Course Requirements Use this table to identify the courses that qualify for this certificate program.
    Course Abbreviation and Number Course Title SCH
    AFR 304* Introduction to African Studies COLA
    AFR 310K Introduction to Modern Africa COLA
    AFR 317C Yoruba Women COLA
    AFR 317C Peoples of Cultures of Africa COLA
      100 Years in Africa COLA
      Civilizations of Africa to 1800 COLA
      African Cultural Studies COLA
    AFR 317C.1 The U.S. and Africa COLA
      Intro to African Prehistory COLA
    AFR 365 Politics in Contemporary Africa COLA
    AFR 372G Histories of African Liberation COLA
    AFR 372G African Queer Studies COLA
    AFR 372G Globalism/Internationalism/Transnationalism COLA
    AFR 372G Generating African Literature COLA
    AFR 372G Contemporary African Popular Culture COLA
    AFR 372G Rainbow Nation: Race in South Africa COLA
    AFR 372G.1 Literature of AIDS in Africa COLA
    AFR 372G.5 Gender in North and West Africa COLA
    AFR 372G.6 African Women’s History COLA
    AFR 374C/ AFR 372G African History in Films and Photos COLA
    AFR 374C Ghana: Community and Social Development in Ghana (Study Abroad) COLA
    AFR 374C Queen of Sheba in History and Legend COLA
    AFR 374C Apartheid: South African History COLA
    AFR 374C History of Southern Africa COLA
    AFR 374C/ AFR 372G.4 African Film COLA
    AFR 374C.1 Nigeria: History of Nation-Building COLA
    AFR 374F Introduction to African Art COLA
    AFR 374F Visual Cultures of Africa COLA
      Any other course offered under AFR 317C, AFR 374C, or approved by the African and African Diaspora Studies department (including conference courses, honors courses, etc.) COLA
    * please note: this course, including the title, is currently in production and will first be offered in fall 2014 as a course under the topics number AFR 317C: Special Topics in African Studies. We hope to add it as stand-alone course AFR 304 in the future.

  11. Other Certificate Requirements:
    • One of the courses taken to fulfill the requirements of the African Studies Certificate must carry a writing flag from the School of Undergraduate Studies and/or place an emphasis on research and writing.
    • Earn a grade of at least a C in each of the courses taken fulfill the African Studies Certificate requirements.
  12. Give a Detailed Rationale for Change(s): 
    African and African diaspora studies (AADS) believes that there is a significant population of students on the UT Austin campus who would take advantage of this opportunity. Many students take AFR courses related to Africa, but are unable to major or minor in AFR, and/or are unable to receive transcriptable recognition of their interests. This program will harness the interest of students, allowing them the opportunity to engage in a field of study relevant to their interests with a more comprehensive focus.

    Further, this program of study will center the African studies as a discipline at The University of Texas at Austin, lending a more centralized theme to the work of Africanists throughout campus.

    Approver: Richard Flores
    Date October 31, 2013
    Title: Senior Associate Dean

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.