Undergraduate Certificate in Race & Social Justice

See the program description flyer (.pdf)

The Undergraduate Race & Social Justice is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

We are grateful to Dr. Scarlett Higgins, Director and Farah Nousheen, Academic Advisor who provide administrative support.

To make the most of this certificate, we advise all interested students to meet with Dr. Nancy López, the faculty advisor.

Additionally, you are required to meet at least one time with Farah for administrative purposes. Please use LoboAchieve.unm.edu to schedule an appointment with Farah.

The certificate requires 12 credits from the RSJ Approved Courses list below. Six credits must be 300-level or above. All courses must receive a grade of B or above. Students may be petition courses to count if not on the RSJ Courses List.

Are you an instructor teaching topics of race?

We can still include your course. Just email Dr. Nancy López (nlopez@unm.edu) with the course information including the syllabus.

Student Group

In partnership with the Diversity Council, the Institute for the Study of “Race” & Social Justice Advisory Board at the University of New Mexico developed a certificate that offers students across schools, colleges and departments the opportunity to have a transcripted specialization in "Race and Social Justice." Envisioned as an interdisciplinary experience, the certificate in race and social justice contributes to UNM's portfolio of innovative engaged scholarship, teaching and service.

Broad Learning Goals

  1. Students will understand and identify 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 be able to critically read/write about, discuss, and engage in scholarly inquiry related to race and social justice.
  3. Students will acquire a basic level of knowledge about U.S. and/or local, global race and social justice movements.
  4. Students will be aware of community-engaged research and teaching opportunities as well as career and post-graduate opportunities their certificate makes possible.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will recognize, assess and apply the major theoretical frameworks for understanding racial inequality and equity across a variety of social outcomes, including health, housing, education, early childhood, employment and criminal justice, the arts and other arenas
  2. Students will learn to recognize the macro (global, national, municipal/local), meso (institutional) and micro (experiential/individual) dimensions of the social construction of race and racialization processes in a given sociohistorical context.
  3. Students will learn how to understand the national and international processes and issues to identify and describe at least two dimensions of race as a social construction (e.g., historical, political, social, cultural, economic) and identify solutions to contemporary racial inequalities.
  4. Students will integrate knowledge and scholarly approaches across disciplines, apply an interdisciplinary approach, and account for the international context of race and social justice as they prepare for comprehensive exams, dissertations and masters theses in their respective disciplines.
  5. Students will develop critical thinking about the social construction of race and its intersections with other social/structural inequalities, such as class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, citizenship, disability, religion, etc.
  6. Students will enhance their research, writing and public speaking skills as they will present and discuss their research on race and social justice in compelling, coherent, clear analytical arguments.
  7. Students will complete their coursework with a minimum grade of B.
  8. Students will develop the ability to engage in deep self-reflection and develop competency for dialogues on race and social justice and/or communication skills.
  9. Students will find and evaluate career and post-graduate opportunities available to students who have a transcripted graduate certificates in race and social justice.

Undergraduate Race & Social Justice Courses at University of New Mexico, UNM

Last updated 11/4/2020

The undergraduate certificate in Race and Social Justice requires completion of 12 credit hours from a list of approved courses. These courses must be completed with grades of "B" or better. Up to 6 credit hours may be completed in one department, including a maximum of 3 credit hours of independent study. A minimum of 6 credit hours must be completed at the upper-division (300-level or above). No more than 6 credit hours may come from lower-division courses. Courses may double-count with program core or elective requirements from any department.

Students take a total of four courses, but they must be in three different departments. At least two must be 300 or 400 level. If you are interested in having your course listed, please review the learning outcomes listed above and email the syllabus to Dr. Nancy López nlopez@unm.edu.

Students: If your course is not listed, set up an appointment with Farah Nousheen, Academic Advisor on Loboachieve.unm.edu or email nousheen@unm.edu.


  • 104/1110. Intro to Africana Studies
  • AFST/CCS/V/WMST/SUS 109. Introduction to comparative global and ethnic societies
  • 249. Race and the Black Male
  • 250/2110. Survey of African American History
  • 255/2140. Black Women and the Diaspora
  • 297. Black Lives Matter
  • 299. Black Leadership [Black Leaders in the U.S.]
  • 303. Black Liberation and Religion [Introduction to Black Liberation and Religion]
  • 307. Blacks in the Southwest [Blacks in the U.S. West]
  • 309. Black Politics
  • 315. Race and the Law
  • 317. Civil Rights Movement
  • 333. Black Political Theory
  • 335. Sociology of Black Communities
  • 340. Race and Globalization
  • 345. Foundations in Critical Race Theory
  • 388. Blacks in Latin America [Blacks in Latin America I]
  • 395. Education and Colonial Africa [Education and Colonial West Africa]
  • 396. Emancipation and Equality
  • 398. Africana Philosophy and Methods
  • 399. Race, Culture and Education [Culture and Education]
  • 453. African American Art
  • 497. Advanced Community Organizing


  • 182/1110. Intro Envir & Social Justice
  • 183/1120. Introduction to Gender Studies
  • 185/1140. Intro Race Class Ethnicity
  • 1996. Intro to Asian American Studies (Crosslisted with POLS1996/SOCI398) 
  • 252. The Native American Experience
  • 309. Topics in Social Movements
  • 311. Youth, Power and Social Movements
  • 320. Topics in Environmental and Social Justice
  • 330. Topics in Gender Studies
  • 340. Topics in Popular Culture 
  • 348. Hip Hop and Ya Don't Stop
  • 341 Feminist Cinema
  • 350 / 550. Topics in Race, Class, Ethnicity
  • 351. Blacks in the Southwest [Blacks in the U.S. West]
  • 353. Race Relations in America
  • 356 Indigenous History
  • 363 Chicano Latino Film
  • 468. Navajo Expressive Culture


  • 339. Human Rights in Anthropology
  • 340. Health & Social Inequalities


  • 109/1110. Intro to Comparative Global and Ethnic Studies (Crosslisted with AMST 201 NATV 201)
  • 201/1125. Intro Chicana Chicano Studies (Crosslisted with AMST 201 NATV 201)


  • 310. Immigration and Assimilation
  • 320. Cine Chicano y Mundial
  • 330. Transnational Latina Feminisms
  • 332. Introduction to Chicana Studies
  • 336. Chicana Feminisms
  • 340. Mexican Civilization
  • 342. Race, Culture, Gender, Class in New Mexico History
  • 360. Chicano Latino Civil Rights
  • 362. Chicana and Chicano Movement: El Movimiento Chicano
  • 364. Raza Genders and Sexualities
  • 370. Chicana and Chicano Cultural Studies
  • 372. New Mexico Villages and Cultural Landscapes
  • 374. New Mexico's Literary Landscapes and Beyond
  • 384. Community-Based Learning in Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • 393. Various Topics
  • 460. Chicanos and Latinos in a Global Society
  • 480. New Approaches in Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • 490. Advanced Seminar in Chicana and Chicano Studies


  • 115. Communication Across Cultures
  • 313. EcoCultural Communication: Humans and "The Environment"
  • 314. Intercultural Communication
  • 317. International Cultural Conflict and Community Building
  • 318. Language, Thought and Behavior
  • 319. Language and Culture
  • 326. Gender and Communication
  • 393. Antiracist Education
  • 413. Studies in Intercultural Communication
  • 438. Communicating Community, Food, and Change: Lobo Gardens
  • 469. Multiculturalism, Gender and Media


  • 165. Social Issues in Urban and Regional Development [Community and Regional Planning, Introduction]
  • 335/435. Community Economics for Planners
  • 403. Community-Based Practice
  • 473. Planning on Native American Lands
  • 474. Cultural Aspects of Community Development Planning
  • 486. Planning Issues in Chicano Communities


  • 330L. Teaching of Reading to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students I
  • 331L. Teaching of Reading to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students II


  • 264/2560. Introduction to Native American Literature [Survey of Native Literatures and Rhetorics]
  • 265/2540. Introduction to Chicana/o Literature
  • 266/281/2610. African-American Literature I
  • 308. The Jewish Experience in American Literature and Culture
  • 330. Reading and Diversity
  • 364. Topics in Native American Literature and Culture
  • 365. Chicana/o Cultural Studies
  • 366/381. African-American Literature II
  • 464. Advanced Studies in Native American and Indigenous Literature [Advanced Studies in Native Literatures and Rhetorics]
  • 465. Chicana/o Literature
  • 466. African-American Literature
  • 479. Postcolonial Literatures


  • 484. Ethnic Minority Families


  • 247/2530. Fundamental Human Sexuality
  • 482. Social Determinants of Multicultural Health


  • 346. Native America to 1850
  • 347. Native America, 1850-1940
  • 348. Native America Since 1940
  • 434  History of American Capitalism
  • 442. Queer History
  • 444. Native Americans & Celts
  • 463. Hispanic Frontiers in North America
  • 464. U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  • 465. History of Mexican Immigration
  • 472. Women in Modern Latin America
  • 473. Indigenous Peoples of Latin America
  • 474. Slavery and Race Relations in the Americas
  • 482. Raj: India During British Rule


  • 175/1110. Foundations of American Indian Education (offered fall, spring)
  • 315. Educating Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students
  • 321. School and Society (offered fall, spring and summer sessions)
  • 393. Anti-racist Education
  • 449. Teaching the Native Language to the Native Speaker
  • 460. Language and Education in Southwest Native American Communities
  • 479. The Teaching of Reading in the Bilingual Classroom (La Ensenanza de la Lectura)
  • 493. Navajo Language & Education


  • 150/1150. Intro to Native American Studies
  • 252. The Native American Experience
  • 255. Topics in Native American Studies
  • 300. Research Methods in Native American Contexts
  • 305. Indigenous Self-Determination in Education
  • 315. Language Recovery, Revitalization and Community Renewal
  • 322. Principles of Federal Indian Law
  • 325. Tribal Government
  • 326. Tribal Gaming
  • 348. Native American Activism
  • 351. Individual Study
  • 352. Internship
  • 385. Indigenous Worldviews
  • 402. Education, Power and Indigenous Communities
  • 423. Self-Determination and Indigenous Human Rights
  • 424. Principles of Leadership in Indigenous Contexts
  • 436. Environmental Ethics and Justice in Native America
  • 445. Politics of Identity
  • 450. Topics in Native American Studies
  • 461. Community-Based Learning in Indigenous Contexts
  • 462. Native American Narrative
  • 474. Seminar: Applying Traditions of Native American Philosophy
  • 480. Building Native Nations: Community Revitalization, Culture, Decolonization, and Indigenous Thought
  • 486. Contemporary and Traditional Views on Indigenous Leadership


  • 102/1110. Introduction to Peace Studies
  • 306. Peace and Conflict
  • 307. Nonviolent Alternatives
  • 340. Topics in Peace Studies


  • 254/354/360. Introduction to Latin American Society I: Social Sciences
  • 308. Hispanics in U.S. Politics
  • 309. Black Politics


  • 303. Black Liberation and Religion [Introduction to Black Liberation and Religion]. (Also under AFST)


  • 216/2315. Dynamics of Difference, Power and Discrimination
  • 221/2340. Documenting Globalization and Human Rights
  • 300. Social Welfare: Policies and Programs
  • 308 Sociology of Gender
  • 328. Sociology of Native Americans
  • 331. Social Movements
  • 346. Health and Social Inequalities I
  • 347. Health and Social Inequalities II
  • 351. The Urban Community
  • 398. Islamic Fundamentalism
  • 412. Sociology of Police & Social Control
  • 420. Race & Inequality
  • 424. Race, Class, & Crime
  • 428. Sociology of Mexican Americans
  • 430. Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class for Social Policy
  • 452. Community Organizing and the Struggle for Justice in America


  • 109. Comparative Global Societies
  • 200/2110. Intro to Gender Studies
  • 250. Black Women
  • 255. Black Women and the Diaspora
  • 304. Feminist Theories: Identity, Knowledge, and Power
  • 313. Women and the Law
  • 325. Race, Class and Feminism
  • 331. Transnational Feminisms
  • 332. Introduction to Chicana Studies
  • 335. Lesbian Culture and Politics
  • 336. Queer Theories
  • 339. Women and Cultural Violence
  • 353. Women and Creativity
  • 355. Black Womanist and Feminist Theories
  • 415. The History of Reproduction
  • 498. Feminism in Action