Ethnic Studies Certificate

An ethnic studies certificate can help your resume stand out and it only requires four courses.

What Will I Learn?

Courses and activities emphasize:

  • Understanding of cultural experiences of ethnic groups
  • Issues/challenges related to diversity and human understanding

The program is interdisciplinary because the topic cannot be confined to one discipline or perspective.

What are the requirements for this degree?

You must take introduction to ethnic studies and three approved electives. The three electives must be from at least two separate disciplines. Two of those courses can be counted toward the major at the 300 or 400 level. All four courses must be taken at Shippensburg University.

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This certificate enhances employment opportunities in professional areas such as:

  • Business (human resources, advertising, marketing)
  • Civil service, law and law enforcement
  • Government (immigration, policymaking, public service)
  • Education
  • Journalism, communication and public relations
  • Social work and counseling
  • Health services

Anyone in these areas can benefit from learning about the composition of the society they serve, the individuals and cultures that compose our nation, and the needs, history and expectations of those people.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

You can put theories about multiculturalism into practice by getting involved in the numerous activities offered and sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance. The program also works with other departments and interdisciplinary programs on campus to organize events and activities. In addition to this, the program participates in the activities organized by students from the Latino Student Organization and other clubs and groups on campus that enhance the awareness of different cultures in order to promote diversity.