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Graduate Certificate Ethnic Studies

University of Colorado Denver

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 program 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 Ethnic Studies 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: 303.315.7205

Faculty Advisor: Professor Faye Caronan email:

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Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
1 year


Jun 2024

Start Month

May 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • August 2024
  • June 2024
  • August 2025
  • January 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time