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Ethnic Studies is the interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity in local, national, and global contexts. Recent events have shown a spotlight on systemic racial and ethnic inequities in the United States. As a result, businesses are adopting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, environmental researchers are examining how climate change disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, and people of color, educators are concerned with how to address racial inequities in schools, doctors and other health care workers wonder how to best reach and treat BIPOC communities, and so on. An interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Ethnic Studies trains both academic researchers and professionals who can apply Ethnic Studies concepts in their fields is invaluable to any number of students who want to apply a racial and social justice lens to their intended future profession. The Ethnic Studies graduate certificate offers two paths for students: an academic path and an applied path. The academic track prepares students to pursue a PhD in Ethnic Studies or to apply an ethnic studies analysis in a traditional academic discipline. This track is for students interested in a career in the academy. The applied track prepares students to identify and address racial and ethnic inequities in their chosen professional field and is designed for students interested in a wide variety of careers, including primary and secondary education teaching, higher education administration, community organizing, community and government service, journalism and the media, environmental science, global economics, health care, legal services, library science, music, and publishing.
Upon earning the certificate, students will be able to:
- Understand how Ethnic Studies historically challenged traditional disciplinary knowledge production.
- Identify and analyze racial and ethnic inequities in popular culture, society, communities, and organizations.
- Integrate diverse methodologies to design interdisciplinary research projects focusing on race and ethnicity.
- Develop resources for building/strengthening healthy, multiracial institutions and communities.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
Additional information about the Ethnic Studies Graduate certificate may be obtained from the Ethnic Studies Office Plaza Building, Suite 102.
Phone: 303.315.7206 https://clas.ucdenver.edu/ethnicstudies/certificates
- This is an on campus program with some courses available online.
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- Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours.
- Students must complete all courses at the graduate level (5000 or above) to fulfill the requirements of the certificate.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of B (3.0) in all certificate courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Students cannot complete certificate or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- All credit hours for the certificate must be earned at the University of Colorado Denver.
Certificate Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- No course may be taken more than twice.
- Courses cannot double count for the MH/MSS track in Ethnic Studies and the Ethnic Studies graduate certificate.
- Students may be enrolled as a CU Denver graduate student in any discipline, or as a CU Denver non-degree seeking graduate student with a bachelor’s degree.
- International students must submit TOEFL scores or otherwise satisfy the University’s English Language Proficiency requirement.
|Take all of the following courses:||6|
|ETST 5000||Research Methods in Ethnic Studies||3|
|or ETST 5165||Cultural Diversity Awareness in the Workplace|
|ETST 5960||Capstone in Ethnic Studies||3|
|Take two of the following||6|
|Any 5000 or 6000 level ETST course||3|
|ANTH 5230||Anthropology and Community Based Participatory Research||3|
|ANTH 5350||Anthropology of Globalization||3|
|COMM 5270||Intercultural Communication||3|
|COMM 5282||Environmental Communication||3|
|ENGL 5460||Contemporary World Literature||3|
|ETST 5000||Research Methods in Ethnic Studies||3|
|ETST/SOCY 5020||Race, Culture and Immigration||3|
|ETST 5021||Black and Latino Children in Families and Schools||3|
|ETST/RLST 5030||Race, Religion and Belonging in the United States||3|
|ETST 5165||Cultural Diversity Awareness in the Workplace||3|
|ETST/ENGL 5220||African-American Literature||3|
|ETST/WGST 5305||Women of Color Feminisms||3|
|HIST 5308||Crime, Policing, and Justice in American History||3|
|HIST 5343||Women & Gender in US History||3|
|or WGST 5343||Women & Gender in US History|
|HIST 5412||Mexico and the United States: People and Politics on the Border||3|
|HIST 5494||Red and Blue America: U.S. History, 1973-Present||3|
|HIST 5622||Oceans In History||3|
|PHIL 5308||Contemporary Feminist Thought||3|
|or ENGL 5308||Contemporary Feminist Thought|
|or WGST 5308||Contemporary Feminist Thought|
|PHIL 5500||Feminist Philosophy||3|
|or WGST 5500||Feminist Philosophy|
|PSCI 5457||American Political Thought 1||3|
|SOCY 5050||Health Disparities||3|
|SOCY 5220||Population Change and Analysis||3|
The faculty are currently developing a cross-list between PSCI 5457 and ETST 5457, American Political Thought, and intend to offer it starting Fall 2021. ETST 5457 will count as an elective course for the Ethnic Studies Graduate Certificate.
To learn more about the Student Learning Outcomes for this program, please visit our website.