Race and Social Justice, Grad Certificate

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description:

The Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program aims to expose students to a vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars at the University of New Mexico who conduct research, teaching and service in the area of race and social justice. The key student learning outcomes include investigating and interpreting the social construction of race in a given sociohistorical context as well as reflecting on the premises, concepts and categories used in different disciplines to conceptualize race and racism. Other major student learning outcomes include cross-disciplinary critical appraisals, investigations and applications of theories of race, racialization, decolonization and social justice across a variety of social domains and institutions. The interdisciplinary focus provides an opportunity to examine how social justice can be embedded in all policies at the individual, institutional and structural levels across the disciplines. The certificate is open to graduate students either in conjunction with a graduate degree, or as a stand-alone certificate. Up to six credit hours can be earned in one department, including a maximum of three credit hours of independent study. Courses can double-count with any department core or elective requirements.

Shared Credit Hours Between Graduate Certificates and Degrees
As long as courses taken for a graduate certificate fall within the prescribed time limits for a graduate degree, the University allows for shared course work between graduate certificates and a master’s or doctoral degree. Programs may have additional restrictions on the number of shared course work credit hours between graduate certificate and degree programs. If the certificate is a stand-alone program, completed before the student is admitted to a graduate degree program, the student may use 100% of the course work credit for the certificate toward a future graduate degree. If the student completes the certificate in conjunction with a graduate degree program, the student may use 100% of the certificate course work toward a graduate degree. Coursework from a completed graduate degree may count for up 50% of the coursework required for a graduate certificate.

For information on the current faculty advisor, staff advisor, and a list of approved courses and program of study requirements for the certificate, consult the Institute for the Study of "Race" and Social Justice Web site (race.unm.edu).