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.