Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Certificate

Form C Proposal To University Of New Mexico  Faculty Senate

(Draft Last Updated: June 22, 2016; Preproposal Will be Submitted June 2016; Target Submission to Faculty Senate July/August 2016)

This 12-credit transcripted "Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Certificate" is designed as an area of specialization for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, or the professional schools at the University of New Mexico (UNM).

Against the backdrop of contemporary and on-going historic racial inequities in housing, health, education, employment and criminal justice, this certificate provides students the opportunity to become part of a vibrant interdisciplinary community as they complete an education program that is anchored in a critical examination of normative understandings of contemporary and historic racial inequalities. It is important to underscore the word "interdisciplinary." The monumental benefits of cross-disciplinary dialogues, reflection and collective insights are facilitated when faculty and students from different disciplines converge to explore the contours of race and social justice in the U.S and global context.

Goals

  • Address pressing concerns regarding racial inequities and social justice in the 21st Century
  • Illustrate and interpret the historical, political, social, psychological, cultural, and/or economic dimensions of race, racialization, difference and power, integrating these into an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Investigate and interpret 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
  • Ensure our graduates stand out among potential applicants for academic, policy and other social service employment

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will illustrate and interpret the historical, political, social, psychological, cultural, and/or economic dimensions of race, racialization, difference and power, integrating these into an interdisciplinary perspective
  2. Students will read write about, discuss, and engage in critical scholarly inquiry, problem-solving and public presentations related to race and social justice
  3. Students will acquire a basic level of knowledge about U.S. and/or local, global social justice movements that are anchored in racial justice
  4. Students will be aware of opportunities to go from theory to practice by exposure to community-engaged research and teaching opportunities as well as career and post-graduate opportunities their certificate makes possible

Structure

Conceived as an interdisciplinary experience, a total of 12-credits of undergraduate level courses in different departments will be required (total of four courses) for the transcripted "Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Certificate." Before applying for the certificate, students must have completed a minimum of 30 credits toward their undergraduate degree at the time of application. Of the 30 credits a minimum of 15 must completed at UNM before applying for the certificate. One of the four courses is a required course that we are in the process of submitting for review by the faculty senate (Note: This is a two stage review that will include a Form C Proposal Requesting a New Course Code, entitled "RACE"; and second, a Form B proposal for a New Undergraduate Course entitled, "RACE 400 Race & Social Justice: Interdisciplinary Insights.") The required course can be completed at anytime while the student is pursuing the certificate program. No more than three (3) credits can be completed in the same department, including the student’s home department. No more than three (3) credits may be designated as independent study or a field course. Please keep in mind that the staff advisor must approve independent study credits, including field courses, before initiating the independent study or field course. Courses can double count with any other core, major, minor or elective requirements for the bachelors degree.

Who can apply?

The 12-credit transcripted "Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate" is open to all current undergraduate students already matriculated in a graduate degree-granting program (e.g. bachelors degree program) at the University of New Mexico, regardless of field of study. It is not a stand-alone undergraduate certificate and therefore not open to nonmatriculated students. Please keep in mind that for some programs, there may be restrictions on enrollment for specific courses. For more information about course enrollment restrictions by individual programs, please consult the course catalog and class schedule. It is important that students meet with the staff advisor at the beginning of the certificate program of study so that they can design a coordinated course of study for the student.

Application Requirements

Working on application link. More information forthcoming at the race.unm.edu. You may also email Dr. Nancy López, Director, Institute for the Study of "Race" and Social Justice, Associate Professor of Sociology at: nlopez@unm.edu or race@unm.edu. If approved by the Faculty Senate and Regents, the certificate will be included in the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 catalog. Those seeking to graduate Fall 2017 may be able to earn the certificate if they meet the minimum requirements. The application deadlines are Oct. 1, 2017 and Mar. 1, 2018.

  • For a working list of courses identified as meeting the objectives of the certificate program and student learning outcomes, please visit: race.unm.edu
  • If you are an instructor/faculty member and you would like to submit your syllabi for review and potential inclusion in the list of approved courses please email: race@unm.edu and include "Syllabi for Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Certificate" in the subject line. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt after a week please resend until you receive confirmation that the syllabi was received. Thank you!