The Undergraduate Certificate in Cultural Diversity Studies is designed to appeal to undergraduate students with a background in any major. It will allow students to demonstrate to potential employers that they possess the multicultural skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the workplace. Students will enroll in department courses that focus on the historical context in which race and culture have emerged in the United States.
This certificate is also targeted to non-degree-seeking professionals who seek to acquire multicultural knowledge and the skills necessary to ensure their success in professional environments. Students will be encouraged to think critically about race and race relations. Their expanded understandings of the implications of race and culture in work environments will ensure employers that they offer the highest quality employees opportunities in employment or advancement.
A certificate in cultural diversity studies offers students an enduring intellectual value based on classic articles, book excerpts, and scholars who have shaped the study and understanding of race and ethnicity in contemporary society. Our courses provide the opportunity for students to encounter many of the greatest thinkers in race and ethnicity firsthand. Course curriculum includes carefully edited selections from the works of the most distinguished observers of race and ethnicity, past and present. Students will appreciate the broad range of coverage, the logic of course organization, and the accessibility of material covered.
Students choose three courses from any Ethnic Studies Department courses, including the following:
There are cross-listed courses in several other departments, including history, political science and sociology. Any cross-listed course is acceptable. You must register for it under an ETST number. See the courses page of this site for a complete listing of department offerings and cross-listed courses.
A minimum grade of B- must be earned in each of the four courses completed as part of the certificate. All credits for the certificate must be earned at the Downtown Campus.
Students who have completed the required coursework can then complete an application for the certificate. Once an academic advisor reviews the student's transcripts, the certificate will be processed and mailed. Additionally, an entry will be made on the student's official transcript acknowledging the award of the certificate.