Ethnic Studies Certificate

Luke Matthews

CALL: (608) 258-2438

School of Arts and Sciences

Truax C2433
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6246

onday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Ethnic Studies


Program number: 908091CERT


Ethnic studies courses explore the position of ethnic and racial minorities in the history, culture and society of the United States. The courses in this certificate develop philosophical insights and theoretical tools that encourage further exploration of the entire spectrum of society and culture in the U.S. Completing a sequence of Ethnic Studies courses will challenge students to think critically about the roles that race and ethnicity have played in the development of American history, culture and society. Students will analyze aesthetic values, investigate historical processes and study how race and ethnicity are connected to issues that at first may seem unrelated.

To be awarded Madison College's Ethnic Studies certificate, students need to successfully complete at least one course from each of the three academic areas: Literature, History and Social Sciences, plus complete an independent research project under the supervision of the Ethnics Studies director.

Get Started

Prior to applying for this certificate, contact Ethnic Studies Director John Luke Matthews at (608) 258-2438 to discuss your course path and independent research project.

Program Details

Students earning the Ethnic Studies certificate can attend full or part time.

Ethnic Studies certificate classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax
  • Madison - Downtown
  • Madison - South
  • Reedsburg
  • Portage
  • Fort Atkinson
  • Watertown

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience, including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

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After completing the Ethnic Studies Certificate at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Interact in the workplace with sensitivity to issues arising from political, economical and cultural differences. 
  • Critically interpret and value cultural traditions, art and issues throughout your life. 
  • Advocate for social justice in community and service groups.
  • Promote respect and equity in society by applying what you have learned while earning this certificate.