College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2012-2013

Ethnic Studies Program

Ethnic Studies, Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate leads students into an exploration of the socially constructed concepts of race and ethnicity including historical factors affecting 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.


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Ethnic Studies?

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Ethnic Studies at NAU is to provide training in race relations and ethnic studies to both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students. In addition, the certificate will provide a professional program for those in secondary schools and in the public or private sector, who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge in the area of diversity, and race and ethnic relations.

University Requirements

  • 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.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15


Certificate Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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