A 12-credit Graduate Certificate
in Race Ethnicity Politics

Build your understanding of diversity's impact and shaping of society. 

As an admitted or enrolled UConn master’s or PhD student, you have the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate by completing 4 pre-approved Race Ethnicity and Politics (REP) related 3-credit courses at no additional cost to you.

UConn master’s or PhD students studying fields, including, social science, social work, law, history, or public policy will find this face-to-face Storrs Campus-based certificate an excellent opportunity to build strong foundations and enhance analytical skills.

Within this program, students have opportunity to:

  • Be mentored by a strong core and affiliate faculty that conducts REP research
  • Join a community of graduate student interlocutors from across the university with shared REP interests
  • Develop abilities to think, write, and teach about the relationships between race, ethnicity, and politics in the U.S. and globally
  • Craft dissertation projects compatible with contemporary demands of academic book publishing markets


Application Deadlines:

December 1 - Spring Semester
March 15 - Summer Semester
June 15 - Fall Semester

Upcoming Events

Indigenous Peoples’ Week:
Mon, Oct 12, 2020 - Fri, Oct 16, 2020

Click here for details

UConn Fall 2020 Virtual Grad School Fair:
Thurs, Oct 15, 2020; 2pm-5pm

The Yellow Peril: Then & Now
with Dr. Jason Chang
Thurs, Oct 29, 2020; 5:30pm MDT


The Invention of Race int he European Middle Ages

All students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate program will meet yearly with core faculty to discuss a new REP book. This 2020-21 academic year, we discuss Geraldine Heng's The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages on 4/2/2020 at 3:00 p.m. Please contact fred.lee@uconn.edu for the Webex link.

The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages

Geraldine Heng questions the common assumption that the concepts of race and racisms only began in the modern era. Examining Europe's encounters with Jews, Muslims, Africans, Native Americans, Mongols, and the Romani ('Gypsies'), from the 12th through 15th centuries, she shows how racial thinking, racial law, racial practices, and racial phenomena existed in medieval Europe. She argues that religion - so much in play again today - enabled the positing of fundamental differences among humans that created strategic essentialisms to mark off human groups and populations for racialized treatment.

Other Suggested Readings:

  • Sylvia Tamale, Decolonization and Afro-Feminism
  • Lila Abu-Lughod, Do Muslim Women Need Saving?
  • Lorgia García-Peña, Borders of Dominicanidad