Graduate Program

Certificate Offered

  • Race and Social Justice (GCERT)

The interdisciplinary Race and Social Justice graduate certificate aims to expose students to a vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars at the University of New Mexico who conduct research, teaching and service in the area of race and social justice.

The key student learning outcomes for the certificate program include investigating and interpreting the social construction of race in a given sociohistorical context as well as reflecting on the premises, concepts and categories used in different disciplines to conceptualize race and racism. Other major student learning outcomes include cross-disciplinary critical appraisals, investigations and applications of theories of race, racialization, decolonization and social justice across a variety of social domains and institutions. The interdisciplinary focus provides an opportunity to examine how social justice can be embedded in all policies at the individual, institutional and structural levels across the disciplines.


The graduate certificate in Race and Social Justice requires completion of 15 credit hours from a list of approved courses. Up to 6 credit hours may be completed from one department, including a maximum of 3 credit hours of independent study. Courses may double-count with program core or elective requirements from any department.

The list of approved courses for the certificate and information on faculty and staff advisors is found on the Institute for the Study of "Race" and Social Justice Web site.

Shared Credit Hours Between Graduate Certificates and Degrees

The University allows for shared coursework between a graduate certificate and a master’s or doctoral degree. See "Shared Credit Hours Between Graduate Certificates and Degrees" in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog.

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