Report from DAAS Graduate Certificate in African Studies
The Graduate Certificate Program in African Studies, DAAS, is beginning to get some traction. The Certificate program is organized around two required courses: (1) DAAS 600, the introductory-level course that provides students with scope and depth about themes that arise in African Studies; and (2) DAAS 890, the capstone course where enrolled students present their research in an open forum. In the Winter term 2010, there were 9 students enrolled in then-CCAAS 600. In Winter term 2011, there were 14 students enrolled in then-CAAS 600. In Winter term 2011, there were 7 students enrolled in DAAS 890. DAAS awarded four graduate Certificates in African Studies at 2011 graduation.
In Winter 2012, we expect to at least match or perhaps exceed past enrollments in DAAS 600 and to exceed past enrollments in DAAS 890. We expect somewhere between 5 and 8 students to earn the Graduate Certificate in African Studies at graduation 2012.
We see the Graduate Certificate program as a steppingstone toward offering an MA degree in African Studies in DAAS. We are working on a proposal.