Ethnic Studies, Graduate Certificate
Engaging in the coursework required for the Graduate Certificate in Ethnic Studies provides training in race relations and ethnic studies for both degree and non-degree seeking students. The certificate will provide a professional program for those in secondary schools and in the public or private sector, who wish to increase their skills and knowledge in the area of diversity, race and ethnic studies.
Coursework required for this graduate certificate provides students an exploration of the socially constructed concepts of race and ethnicity. Examination of historical factors affecting racial and ethnic stratification in the United States and the global scatterings of ethnic peoples through diasporic events such as war, enslavement, persecution, economic displacement, starvation, or ethnic cleansing will provide students with a firm foundation for work or academic advancement in this area.
Requirements Accordion Open
- Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.
No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.
No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.
A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.
A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.
Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
- Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the “Details” tab for additional information.
Overview Accordion Closed
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
Details Accordion Closed
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- Online application required (www.nau.edu/graduateapply ). Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 gpa (scale is 4.0 = "A"), or the equivalent
- For more details on these admission requirements, please visit http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/Graduate-Admissions-Policy/ .
- International students have additional admission requirements: http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/International/.
- Take the following 15 units:
Core Requirements (3 units)
- ES 600 (3 units)
U.S. Ethnic Diversity Requirement, select from the following (9 units):
- ANT 502
- ENG 545, ENG 546, ENG 547
- EPS 596
- ES 584 or EDF 584
- ES 520, ES 570, ES 599, ES 697
- HIS 505, HIS 592*
- POS 606
- SOC 515
- SPA 531
Diaspora/Global Requirement, select from the following (3 units):
Students may not transfer any courses from other universities into this program. No more than 6 units applied to another program can be counted towards this certificate. No more than 6 credit hours can be taken from a single discipline other than Ethnic Studies.
*Only some topics are permissible; consult with the Ethnic Studies Director.
This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate. Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
Additional informationThe graduate certificate will dive deep into ethnic studies and cultural diversity. The certificate program has a core focus that strengthens your understanding and analytical skills to prepare you for a competitive career. You can obtain the certificate in ethnic studies even if your current graduate degree is in another area. The required course, "ES 600: Critical approaches to Ethnic Studies", provides a comprehensive overview of the multidisciplinary field of Ethnic studies. Other courses are drawn from fields including:
- women’s and gender studies
- politics and international affairs
- criminal justice