The 12-credit graduate certificate in critical ethnic studies is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to complement the MA or PhD curriculum required by the student's home department within CU Boulder. The Department of Ethnic Studies (DES) offers the certificate to provide specialized training in Africana studies, Chicanx/Latinx studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, decolonial feminist studies, comparative ethnic studies, race and sexuality studies, and transnational/hemispheric ethnic studies to students pursuing degrees in various disciplines on the CU Boulder campus.


Application Requirements

Students must submit an unofficial transcript and a two-page statement of purpose describing how their graduate interests will be enhanced by our course offerings and mentoring (in the statement of purpose, please identify classes already taken in DES).

To participate in the ethnic studies certificate program, applicants must maintain good academic standing with their home unit within the Graduate School. Their home unit must also indicate its support for the student enrolling in the certificate program.

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Program Requirements

A total of 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework is required for this certificate, nine of which must be from courses in the Department of Ethnic Studies (ETHN 6000 and two electives). Certificate program students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Course
ETHN 6000Foundations of Critical Ethnic Studies3
Choose three graduate-level electives, at least two of which are from the Department of Ethnic Studies. Approved elective courses include:9
Screening Race, Class & Gender in the U.S. and the Global Borderland
Chicana/os and Education
Special Topics in Africana Studies
Special Topics in Chicana and Chicano Studies
W.E.B. Du Bois Seminar
The Chicana and Chicano and U.S. Social Systems
Indigenous Traditions and Law: A Global Perspective
The Harlem Renaissance: Fr Black Wmn's Club Mvmnt to Hip Hop
Indigenous Representations in the United States
Frantz Fanon Seminar
Sport for Social Justice
Senior/Graduate Seminar in Ethnic Studies
Research Methods in Critical Ethnic Studies
Race and Sexuality Studies
Gender, Race, Class, and Crime
Race and Citizenship in U.S. History and Culture
Topics: Specialized Comparative Studies
Indigenous Thought and Theory: Foundations in NAIS
Adv Tpcs: Chicana/o Studies: US/Mexico Borderlands
Decolonial/Postcolonial Theory
Critical Race Theory: Soc Scnc Explrtn/Intrvntn into Crit Race St
Advanced Directed Readings in Ethnic Studies
Total Credit Hours12