Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies 

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)

PLEASE NOTE: Courses not taught by ES Graduate Faculty may be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.

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

TOTAL:                                                                           26-30 credits


2022-2023 Course Offerings

PLEASE NOTE: Course offerings and fulfillments are subject to change or cancellation.



How To Apply:

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 icon Graduate Certificate Application


PDF icon Graduate Advising Form 


Graduate Certificate Flyer


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