Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies 

The Graduate Certificate Program Begins Fall 2020 

The certificate in Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies allows graduate students across campus to develop expertise in areas of indigeneity, racial inequality, and social justice. Graduate students acquire tools to address their own disciplinary research from a transdisciplinary and intersectional perspective and will generate scholarship with greater social impact. The accomplishment of a certified mastery of work in IRES will enhance their skillset and better position graduate students for the academic or professional job market. 

Program Requirements:
The Graduate Certificate in IRES requires 26 credits in courses approved by the IRES Graduate Director. Graduate students will develop their curriculum plans with the ES Graduate Director to best complement individual needs and goals for their graduate studies.  

Students must take:

One course from ES Core Courses.                                       5 credits
(ES 615, 616, or 617)   

  • ES 615:  Theoretical Foundations in Ethnic Studies - Theoretical foundations and debates in Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies.   
  • ES 616:  Interdisciplinary Methodologies - Examination of interdisciplinary methodologies in the various fields of IRES, with a focus towards students developing methodological approaches for their own work.  
  • ES 617: Genealogies of Ethnic Studies - Examines the emergence and evolution of the discipline of Ethnic Studies, including major intellectual shifts in the field, particularly as they relate to changes in the social science and humanities; and the state of the discipline today.                                      

One course from ES Substantive Courses                             5 credits
(ES 620, 621, 622, or 623)  

  • ES 620:  Race, Space, and Power - This course questions the variety of ways that social constructions of race and space are inextricable from one another and constitute, as much as they are constituted by, modern power relations.  
  • ES 621:  Cultural Production - Graduate introduction to the theories and methods utilized within Cultural Studies scholarship with attention to race, gender, nation, sexuality and indigeneity.    
  • ES 622:  Resistance and Dissent - Surveys historical and contemporary methods people of color have used to subvert and challenge white power and privilege in the United States  
  • ES 623:  Race and Sexuality - Examines the ways in which race is deeply intertwined with gender and sexuality in the production of racial, gender, and sexual violence since the inception of European settler colonialism in the Americas. 

Four ES Elective Courses (500 or 600 Level)                 16-20 credits
(May include courses taught outside of ES by ES Graduate Faculty)

[For a list of commonly taught 500 and 600 graduate seminars by Graduate Faculty, click here

TOTAL:                                                                           26-30 credits


2020-2021 Course Offerings
PLEASE NOTE: Course offerings and fulfillments are subject to change or cancellation.



  • PS 549 Racial Politics in the U.S. (taught by Dr. Joe Lowndes) - Considers how race has interacted with political development in the U.S. from the New Deal to the present.
  • ES 552 Japanese Internment (taught by Dr. Sharon Luk) - Addresses issues of social justice and the participation of Asian Americans, African Americans, Chicanos and Latinos, and Native Americans in the legal system. 
  • EDST 557 Immigration and Diaspora (taught by Dr. Edward Olivos) - Examines the way educational institutions have responded to human migration generally and to immigrant students specifically.
  • ES 560 Race, Motherhood, and Citizenship (taught by Dr. Alai Reyes-Santos) - Examines how racial discourses have informed United States domestic and foreign policy, with special attention on cultural representations of U.S. colonialism and imperialism.
  • SOC 616 Race, Gender, & Environment (taught by Dr. Kari Norgaard) - Explores issues of environmental sociology and resource policy, including ecological crisis; environmental justice as it pertains to race, gender, class, and international inequality. 


  • HIST 507 Research Seminar, Crossing Borders: International and Transnational History (taught by Dr. Julie Weise) - (priority to History Majors)
  • ES 540 Queer Ethnic Literature (taught by Dr. Ernesto Martinez) 
  • ES 550 Race, Culture, and Incarceration (taught by Dr. Sharon Luk)
  • ANTH 611 Ethnographic Research: Epistemology, Methods, Ethics (taught by Dr. Lynn Stephen)
  • ES 623 Intersectional Feminist Theories (taught by Dr. Lynn Fujiwara) 


  • ES 507 Native Am-African Am Relations (taught by Dr. Brian Klopotek) 
  • ES 510 Indigenous Research Methods (taught by Acting Assistant Professor Jennifer O’Neal) 
  • ES 552 Race and Urban Policing (taught by Dr. Michael Hames-Garcia) 
  • ENG 588 Native American Cinema  (taught by Dr. Kirby Brown) 
  • ES 616 Interdisciplinary Methodologies  (taught by Dr. Courtney Cox) 
  • ES 622 Abolition (taught by Michael Hames-Garcia)
  • ENG 660 Studies in Race and Ethnicity (taught by Dr. Sharon Luk) - This course is an introduction to historical materialist methods of cultural studies, with an emphasis on Cedric Robinson’s rendering of the Black radical tradition. We will examine language and aesthetics as “constitutive human processes” in the modern world, with particular attention to relations of capital, race, nation-state, and social reproduction.


Courses must be taken for a letter grade and must be completed with a B+ or better. A total of two courses can count for both the IRES certificate and another credential. With the Director’s approval, other relevant courses (not included in the above description) may count toward the graduate certificate.  

How To Apply:

Applications will begin in Fall 2020. 

Successful admission requires current standing in any University of Oregon MA or PhD program, and an approved application with a prospective plan of study. 

Application Materials Include: 


Graduate School Declaration of Graduate Certificate Form

PDF iconGraduate Certificate Application

PDF iconGraduate Advising Form 


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