Ethnic Studies (Certificate)

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The certificate program in ethnic studies explores the changing political, social, economic and cultural realities of racial, ethnic and indigenous communities in the United States and the Americas. 

The certificate program in ethnic studies explores the changing political, social, economic and cultural realities of racial, ethnic and indigenous communities in the United States and the Americas. The coursework combines topics in the humanities, arts and social sciences, and instruction is given on methods to critically analyze racial, ethnic, gender and sexual identities, transnational movements, and diverse forms of cultural, literary and political expression.

The certificate in ethnic studies is recommended for graduate students, nondegree students and students majoring in professional programs, and it is offered by the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies.

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Ethnic Studies (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate in ethnic studies consists of 18 credit hours, of which 12 credit hours must be upper division. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be completed through courses offered by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies. Up to six credit hours may be shared between a major and the certificate. Up to three credit hours of individualized instruction may be applied toward the certificate. Students are encouraged to take courses that develop breadth rather than limiting their selection to courses in one particular discipline.All courses in the certificate must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
Required Courses -- 6 credit hours
Upper-Division Electives -- 12 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Degree requirements

The certificate consists of 18 credit hours, 12 of which must be at the upper-division level. Students are encouraged to take courses that develop breadth rather than limiting their selection to courses in one particular discipline. Up to three credit hours of individualized instruction may be applied toward the certificate. All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).

Core Requirements: (6 credit hours)
ETH 100 Ethnic and Indigenous Lives, SB, C (3)
HRC 200 Introduction to Social and Cultural Analysis (3)

Ethnic Studies elective course work: (12 credit hours, chosen in consultation with an academic advisor)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

Students wishing to pursue this certificate should consult an academic advisor in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies to ensure the appropriate set of courses is taken and the certificate is added to the student's program of study.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

This program prepares students for careers or graduate school in a variety of fields, including business, health care, criminal justice, social services, education, public relations, community development, public policy and government. Potential careers include community health worker, social and community service manager, secondary and high school teacher and journalist.

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