Gain an understanding of the experiences of people of color in the United States – and broaden your knowledge of the forces that shape our society.
Ethnic Studies Certificate
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Ethnic Studies
Program Number: 908091CERT
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Area of Study:
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Delivery Method:
100% In Person
100% Online
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
12 Credits | Finish training in 1-2 semesters
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  • Program Overview

    ​Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary certificate in which students explore U.S. race and ethnic relations through the varied lenses of literature, history, anthropology, and sociology. Completing a sequence of Ethnic Studies courses will challenge students to think critically about the roles that race and ethnicity have played in their own lives and in the development of the United States. As such, students will broaden their appreciation and knowledge of the diversity of peoples, identities, aesthetics, and cultural traditions that make up the mosaic of the United States. Students will develop an understanding of the cultural, social, and political experiences of people of color in the U.S., explore structural inequalities and forms of resistance, and study how race and ethnicity are connected to issues that at first may seem unrelated.

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Required Course
    3 credits
    Additional Requirement
    Complete nine credits from the listed courses
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  • Admission

    Earning a certificate is a great way to expand your skill set, and it adds professionalism to a resume. Applications are always open, so apply today!

    To Apply

    There are no admission requirements for this certificate, simply submit your application by the deadline for each term.

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Fall Application Dates

    • Application available: February 1
    • Application deadline: October 15

    Spring Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application deadline: March 15

    Additional Notes

    • Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid
    • This certificate fills on a first-come, first-served basis; once capacity has been reached, it does not maintain a waitlist
    • Students who have already completed the certificate coursework at the time of application will receive the certificate diploma at the end of the term of application

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

  • Career Outcomes

    Critical Job Skills. By understanding diverse life experiences, students not only gain perspectives relevant to their personal lives but also develop critical and employer-sought skills they can utilize in the 21st century workforce.

    Transfer Pathways. Many courses offer a direct one-to-one transfer to University of Wisconsin schools. Direct transferability varies according to major and college of choice. Check with your advisor and transfer school for verification of qualified courses. This certificate also serves as a gateway to many related majors, such as Social Work, History, English, and Sociology.

    Academic and Professional Development. Interested students may choose to pursue opportunities for service learning, internships, conference presentations and undergraduate publishing. Consult your instructor or certificate coordinators for more information.

    Honors Program Participation. Interested students may choose to participate in the Honors Program, working one-on-one on an Honors Project in Ethnic Studies with a supervising faculty member who teaches one of the certificate courses.

    Earn Credits toward an Associate Degree. All Ethnic Studies Certificate courses count towards the Liberal Arts Ethnic Studies requirement. In addition, credits may be used as electives for the Liberal Arts associate degree. The certificate includes courses across several disciplines, including english, history, anthropology, and sociology.

    Address six of the eight Madison College Core Abilities. Core abilities are identified by Madison College as the critical skills graduates gain during the course of their studies and use as lifelong learners on the job, at home and in the community. The Ethnic Studies Certificate curriculum contributes to the following core abilities: communication, critical thinking, ethics, global and cultural perspectives, self-management, and social interaction.​

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