Ethnic Studies - Archived 2018-19 Graduate Catalog

School Director: Susan Peña
Graduate Coordinator: Angela Nelson
Address: 228 Shatzel Hall     
Phone: 419-372-2796
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Degrees Offered

Program(s) Offered
Certificate in Ethnic Studies

Prerequisites to Graduate Work
Individuals currently enrolled in graduate degree programs or having non-degree status at the University are eligible to apply to the certificate program.

Admission Procedure
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs in Ethnic Studies should follow the instructions outlined in the Graduate Admission section of this Graduate Catalog.  All application materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.

In addition to filling out the Graduate Application, applicants will be asked to submit the following materials:

Applicants not currently admitted to a BGSU master’s or doctoral program must submit: (1) three letters of recommendation, and (2) a personal statement (2 pages maximum) of career goals and reasons for applying to the program.

Students currently enrolled in a BGSU master’s or doctoral program should submit a personal statement (2 pages maximum) of career goals and reasons for applying to the program.

Degree Requirements
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.

Students must complete 15 credit hours of approved coursework in Ethnic Studies that must include ETHN 6200, Theories of Race Relations, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism. With approval of the Ethnic Studies graduate coordinator, three elective hours may be substituted with a cognate course offered by another program or department at the University.  No internship, project, or examination is required for the certificate.

For a list of the approved Ethnic Studies program courses, please see:

Graduate Courses
Please access graduate courses online by clicking the “Browsing Course Catalog” button at Graduate courses offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies use the prefix: ETHN.