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Certificate in Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Available to All Degree Seeking, Non Degree Seeking Students, and All Majors

Why is a Certificate in Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. important for you? 

A demonstrated level of competence in the understanding of race and ethnicity is essential if you intend to seek employment, do research, and participate in an increasingly diverse local, regional, national, transnational, and global marketplace.   A national survey of business and nonprofit leaders reported that “more than 9 in 10 of those surveyed say it is important that those they hire demonstrate” among other characteristics, “intercultural skills” (Association of American Colleges and Universities).  This Certificate in Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. will enhance your contributions and marketability in this changing environment. This certificate will provide you with the foundations to meet these employer expectations and demands.

What do you need to earn the Certificate?

Minimum of 12 total credit hours, 6 hours must be at the JR/SR level.  All Certificate coursework must be completed at KU in class or on-line course settings.  Students who complete certificate requirements at other institutions may substitute one course only in the instance that the course is a direct transfer articulation equivalent to KU.  Students may petition, through AMS, for the other courses to be counted towards the certificate. 

One course from a Professional School (e.g. Social Work) may be applied to the Certificate.

Minimum 2.0 KU GPA in coursework applied to the Certificate.


I.  At least 3 hours General Knowledge/Analytical Skills (basic theoretical concepts, key terms, and introduction to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary subfields of study)

    110 (offered each semester on Lawrence campus and on-line/occasionally offered at Edwards)


    100 (offered each semester on Lawrence campus and on-line/occasionally offered at Edwards)

II.  Overall, you will select 9 hours from the approved list of courses.  Courses that do not appear on the approved list, must be approved by the AMS undergraduate advisor.  At least 6 hours must be at 300 level. 

a. Pathway to Depth of Knowledge.  Select at least 6 hours from this Pathway list of courses.  These courses emphasize a greater mastery of knowledge beyond the core that focuses on one or more subfields of study and enables the application of key concepts, theoretical, and analytical knowledge and skills to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary subfields of study on race and ethnicity in the United States.

b.  General or Depth of Knowledge.  Up to 3 additional hours from General or Depth of Knowledge list of courses. 



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