Department of Ethnic Studies
Ethnic Studies Graduate Certificate (Click here for printable file)
Ethnic Studies explores the ways in which racial and ethnic identities, social relations, cultures, and geographical spaces have been shaped over time. Focusing variously on the institutions and political/economic/social processes that have staged race at the center of the nation’s histories, Ethnic Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the significance of race in contemporary US society. Thus, Ethnic Studies provides an ethically and socially responsible scholarship that engages you in thinking critically about the world you live in and your place in it.
An Ethnic Studies certificate can be pursued along with an MA or Ph.D. program. The certificate strengthens your credentials in race and ethnic studies in both national and global contexts. It demonstrates your training in issues relating to diversity, globalization, migration, social and economic inequities, and contemporary realities.
Ethnic Studies Faculty:
The scholarship and training of the faculty of Ethnic Studies is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. While the core courses offered by the department speak to the intellectual roots of Ethnic Studies in the US civil rights movement and student activism, Ethnic Studies faculty also have particularly strong expertise in globalization, immigration, and diaspora studies.
ETHN 6200 Theories of Race Relations, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism
This course provides an advanced introduction to classical theories of race and ethnicity, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, critical race theory, and the politics of multiculturalism. It focuses on questions of racial and ethnic systems of social organization and signification.
Sample of Ethnic Studies graduate courses:
o ETHN 6500 Sexuality, Race, and Nation: American Borderlands
Focusing on communities of color, the course analyzes how sexuality discourses and practices have constructed, reinforced, and challenged racial, ethnic, gender, and class inequalities in the U.S. and globally. Materials focus on systemic rape, lynching, selective criminalization, sterilization, scientific discourses, AIDS policies, and border monitoring.
ETHN 6800 Seminar in Ethnic Studies (recent offerings):
o African American Popular Music
o Ethnography on the Edge
o Racial Discrimination and Health
o Rethinking the Canon: The Affective Terrain of Race, Gender and Nation in the American Literary Tradition, 1830 to 1942
o Twentieth-century North American Migrations
o Subaltern Studies and Affect
Requirements: 15 hours of approved course work in Ethnic Studies (3 credits each course)
o ETHN 6200 Theories of Race Relations, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism
o ETHN _____
o ETHN _____ (may be substituted with a cognate course offered by another program or department at BGSU)
*No internship is required for the certificate
Application Procedure for Currently enrolled BGSU students:
In addition to the application required by the Graduate College, students currently enrolled in a BGSU Masters or Doctoral program should submit a personal statement (2 pages maximum) of career goals and reasons for applying to the ES certificate program to the Ethnic Studies graduate coordinator.
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For more information about the Ethnic Studies Graduate Certificate, please contact:
Dr. Vibha Bhalla, Chair and Graduate Coordinator
Department of Ethnic Studies
419-372-7121 or 419-372-6525