Jun 16, 2024  
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2023-24 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2023-24

African Humanitarian Studies Certificate

African Humanitarian Studies Certificate – CTAHSG

African Studies, Center for International Studies
Yamada International House
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall only

Terms of Entry Requiring Program Permission: None

Enrollment Eligibility: Current degree-seeking student

Certificate Overview

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in African Humanitarian Studies is to channel the growing interest shown by students today in research and careers related to humanitarian interventions in non-western settings related to poverty, natural disasters, and conflict. While African Studies at Ohio University presents a holistic view of the continent, there is call to focus on the role of the world community in resolving some of Africa’s most pressing humanitarian issues. Only a handful of American universities offer a similar program.

Students plan their course of study for the Certificate with the assistance of the program advisor. They may choose to focus on project planning for interventions, on the culture or politics of humanitarian crises and their aftermath, or on conflict resolution studies. Courses chosen for study in the Certificate provide tools for students wishing to advance a career related to this field.

Certificate Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to synthesize core area concepts and theories and acquire the skills to apply and evaluate these concepts to global opportunities and challenges.
  2. Students will be able to develop effective written and oral communication skills, characterized by the ability to write and present in the styles and forms that are acceptable in the professional world and/or for research in international studies.
  3. Students will be able to develop an effective research skill and demonstrate it in their capstone experience.

Opportunities upon Completion

Many students pursuing graduate study in internationally-focused fields at Ohio University are seeking careers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations that plan and implement responses to humanitarian crises in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Graduate Certificate in African Humanitarian Studies will appeal to those students who may have had internship experiences abroad with such organizations and seek to upgrade their credentials for further employment, or to help students seeking jobs with these organizations to focus their course work in that direction. Research on humanitarian interventions is needed as well and some students may seek the credential to shape dissertation and other research projects.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/cis/certificates/graduate/humanitarian-studies

Admission Requirements

No additional requirements beyond university graduate admission requirements.

International Students

This certificate program alone does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this certificate. However, this certificate can be completed during any Ohio University graduate program and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to that degree program.

Completion Requirements

Students should complete 20 hours of courses, detailed below. 


Complete 4 hours of capstone project in African humanitarian studies.

Culminating Experience

A professional project will be due in the final semester. The professional project, typically in the form of a final paper intended for submission to an academic journal allows students to fulfill this requirement.