Cultural Diversity, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Diversity Certificate Program offers 18 credit-hour online courses in order to earn cross-cultural competency skills and expertise in a multicultural environment. The program combines the expertise of faculty from the Colleges of Education, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences in providing excellent opportunities for historical, theoretical, and social science research. Details here

The program requires 18 semester hours of course work, entirely on online (or virtual classroom), from the following course list below:

  • Total: 18 completed credit hours, with a requirement that students to maintain a B average grade in all courses
  • Part I: 12 credits (6 credits must be at the 600 level)
  • Part II: 6 credits

Upon successful completion of 18 semester credit hours, the student must fill out two forms:

  1. The Application for Graduation
  2. Recommendation for Awarding the Certificate/Master’s Degree

*The Graduate Diversity Certificate is awarded by the College of Graduate Studies & Research, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Common Core (3 Credits)

  • ETHN 650: Helping Across Culture (3)


  • ETHN 660: Cross-Cultural Training & Diversity Management (3)

Restricted Electives (6 Credits): Courses must be from different categories

1. Ethnic Families in the United States

  • ETHN 570: Women of Color (3)
  • ETHN 590: Racial/Ethnic Families in the U.S. (3)

2. Disability

  • REHB 619: Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (3)

Note: REHB 619 is not currently offered online. Another REHB course, e.g., REHB 677 can be substituted. Students may choose a course related to disability.

Human Administrative Services 

  • SOC 517: Program Administration (3)
  • URBS 553: Grants Administration (3)
  • URBS 603: Organization Environment (3)
  • URBS 650: Urban Administrative Services (3)

Unrestricted Electives (9 Credits)

  • ETHN 500: Cultural Pluralism (3)
  • ETHN 501: Applied Cultural Research (3)
  • ETHN 502: Ethnic Research Methods/Skills (3)
  • ETHN 503: Chicana Feminisms (3)
  • ETHN 505: Immigration/Ethnicity (3)
  • ETHN 510: Foundations of Oppression (3)
  • ETHN 520: African American Studies (3)
  • ETHN 530: American Indian Studies (3)
  • ETHN 540: Asian American Studies (3)
  • ETHN 550: Latino/Hispanic Studies (3)
  • ETHN 560: Urban Minority Problems (3)
  • ETHN 580: Social Justice in Ethnicity and Gender (3)
  • ETHN 582: Civil Rights in the United States (3)
  • ETHN 586: Racial and Ethnic Politics (3)
  • ETHN 590: Racial/Ethnic Families in the U.S. (3)
  • ETHN 603: Seminar in Ethnic & Cross-Cultural Studies (3)
  • ETHN 610: Seminar on Foundations of Oppression (3)
  • ETHN 677: Individual Study (3)

Information & Technology Services (ITS):

Desire2Learn (D2L) is Minnesota State University’s (MSU’s) web-based course management system. Students and instructors will use D2L for announcements, syllabi, assignments, external links, grades, and other course information. There are two primary types of distance learning (or online) courses: synchronous and asynchronous.

Synchronous: distance learning occurs when the professor and students interact in different places but during a set time at least once a week, for example, live chat or video conferencing.

Asynchronous distance learning occurs when the professor and the students interact in different places and during different times. Most adult learners prefer the asynchronous format for its flexibility and for the fact that it allows more time for critical thinking. Both types of distance learning will be employed by the instructors in this certificate program.

All registered students at MSU, Mankato have immediate access to D2L via its link on the MSU homepage. If any student needs help, or experiences any difficulties logging on, feel free to contact the ITS Helpdesk at 507-389-6654.

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