Certificate in African American Studies

Students may choose courses in areas such as African American history, southern history, 20th-century history, and the immigrant experience, among other topics. Students also select from courses offered through the School of Literature, Media, and Communication on subjects such as race, ethnicity, and literature.


The Certificate in African-American Studies, offered jointly by the School of History and Sociology and the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, recognizes the achievement of concentrated knowledge in a subject area. This certificate allows students to choose courses on such topics as African-American history, southern history, twentieth-century literature and history, the immigrant experience, and explorations of race in America.

  • 12 hours of appropriate HTS and LMC courses, approved by the adviser (see course list below for specific requirements)
  • 9 of the 12 hours must be at the 3000 level or above
  • At least one course must be taken from HTS and one from LMC
  • One course from outside HTS and LMC may be counted toward the certificate, with the approval of the adviser
  • All courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis, and a grade of C or better must be received in each course
  • Students majoring in HTS or LMC may not count courses toward the certificate that are required by their majors
  • For more information on the certificate in African American Studies, email Sonya Boadu.

Additional requirements and information about undergraduate certificate programs can be found in the Georgia Tech Course Catalog


Two courses must be selected from the following list:

  • HTS 3023 Slaves without Masters: Free People of Color before 1865
  • HTS 3024 African-American History to 1865
  • HTS 3025 African-American History since 1865
  • HTS 3026 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • HTS 3027 The Civil Rights Movement
  • LMC 3208 African-American Literature and Culture
  • LMC 3210 Ethnicity in American Culture
  • LMC 3306 Science, Technology, and Race

Two additional courses must be taken. These may be from the above list, or from the following list:

  • HTS 2006 History of the Old South
  • HTS 2007 History of the New South
  • HTS 2009 The American Civil War
  • HTS 3011 The City in American History
  • HTS 3012 Urban Sociology
  • LMC 3222 Regionalism in American Literature