Immerse yourself in the richness and diversity of the African continent. Learn about the cultures, experiences, and identities of African people and global black communities.
Madison College Campus
African Studies
Program Number: 908095CERT
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Area of Study:
Education and Social Sciences
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
12 Credits | Finish in 1 semester
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  • Program Overview

    The African Studies Certificate will provide you with valuable knowledge about Africa and its diverse peoples and cultures. 

    Completing a sequence of courses on Africa and the Black Diaspora will challenge students to think critically about African and global Black literature, history, politics, sociology, anthropology, etc. Broaden your appreciation and knowledge of the diversity of peoples, identities, aesthetics, and cultural traditions that make up the mosaic of the African continent.


    • Earn credits toward your Liberal Arts Associate Degree as well as for your future 4-year degree. The certificate includes courses across several disciplines, including English, history, journalism, anthropology, and sociology.

    • Use the certificate to highlight your commitment to strengthening connections with others across cultural and linguistic divides; your openness to consider diverse perspectives; and the capacity to explore your own limitations and beliefs. 

    • Use the certificate as a first step towards other goals in your future, such as a higher proficiency level in cultural and global awareness, further study or work abroad, or even a university degree majoring in African Studies. 


    Many of the courses included in the African Studies Certificate offer a direct one-to-one transfer to University of Wisconsin schools. Direct transferability varies according to major and college of choice. Check with your advisor and transfer school for verification of qualified courses. This certificate also serves as a gateway to many related majors, such as Social Work, History, English, Anthropology, and Sociology. Review our Transfer Opportunities for information on all Madison College transfer options.

    Program Details

    Students earning the African Studies Certificate can attend full or part time.

    Liberal Arts Transfer classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
    • Madison - Goodman South Campus

    For more information email Cherif Correa at

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Required Course
    Complete nine (9) credits from the listed courses:
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    Earning a certificate is a great way to expand your skill set, and it adds professionalism to a resume. Applications are always open, so apply today!

    To Apply

    There are no admission requirements for this certificate, simply submit your application by the deadline for each term.

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Fall Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is October 15, 2024

    Spring Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2024
    • Application completion deadline is March 15, 2025

    Additional Notes

    • Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid
    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis
    • Students who have already completed the certificate coursework at the time of application will receive the certificate diploma at the end of the term of application

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

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  • Career Outcomes

    The African Studies Certificate addresses six of the eight Madison College Core Abilities. Core abilities are identified by Madison College as the critical skills graduates gain during their studies and use as lifelong learners on the job, at home and in the community. The African Studies Certificate curriculum contributes to the following core abilities: communication, critical thinking, ethics, global and cultural perspectives, self-management, and social interaction.

    After completing the African Studies Certificate at Madison Area Technical College, you will be knowledgeable in:

    Cultural Awareness: Demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to other cultures’ norms, practices, and actions while at the same time recognizing, acknowledging, and appreciating individual differences.

    Intercultural Communications: Communicate effectively and respectfully with diverse people in intercultural teams and work groups.

    International Travel: Exhibit preparedness/readiness for international travel, including the abilities to assess and respond to health and safety risks and adapt to unpredictable situations.

    Global Citizenship: Recognize self as a part of global culture by demonstrating awareness of the interdependence of global systems, understanding how the United States may be perceived worldwide, solving problems with multiple perspectives and variables, and making globally responsible decisions.  

    Global Work Skills: Apply global perspectives to the workplace through the use of appropriate technology for international communication, the ability to collaborate with diverse co-workers, and the ability to adapt to variances between cultures in occupational processes, procedures and practices, and through recognizing the impact of the global economy on various occupations and professions. 

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