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Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Graduate Certificate

A Graduate Certificate in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) is available to TCU graduate students as a supplement to existing master’s and doctoral degrees programs. Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) critically examines race and ethnicity as an essential step in becoming ethical citizens and leaders in today’s global community. It is an academic and community-oriented program that values respect, inclusiveness, creative expression, dialogue, engagement, inquiry, and academic excellence.  The certificate recognizes a student’s intensive engagement with issues in Race and Ethnic Studies in the context of her/his regular disciplinary graduate work. A Graduate Certificate in CRES signifies a TCU graduate student has adequately demonstrated a commitment to the CRES program’s mission and demonstrated competencies in its learning outcomes. Students may also add a supplemental Concentration in Research and/or Pedagogy.

CRES Graduate Certificate Form

Complete this form to begin the CRES Graduate Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

A student must be enrolled in a TCU master’s or doctoral program approved by the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies program to participate. See the program website for a list of eligible programs. Admission to the CRES Graduate Certificate is automatic if the student has full good standing in her/his graduate program as certified by the Director of Graduate Studies of the student’s home program or his/her College’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

For admission to the supplemental Concentration in Research and/or the Concentration in Pedagogy programs, the student must have already completed a minimum of 6 hours of the CRES Graduate Certificate requirements (described below), including CRES 60003, and have full good standing in her/his graduate program as certified by the program’s Director of Graduate Studies or his/her College’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Application for admission to the CRES Graduate Certificate and the supplemental concentration in Research and/or Concentration in Pedagogy programs should be made by downloading the admissions form on the CRES website, obtaining the necessary signatures in the student’s home program or college, and then delivering it to the Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies.

CRES Graduate Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies requires 10 semester hours including the required CRES 60003 Graduate Introduction to Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies course and the required CRES 70001 CRES Portfolio. The other six hours of electives consist of CRES-prefixed and CRES-approved courses passed with a grade of “C-” or better.

Program of Study:  

Required Core Courses: 10 hours

  • CRES 60003 Graduate Introduction to Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies: 3 hours. (See attached syllabus for the course)
  • CRES 70001 Portfolio: 1 hour (See below for more details and attached syllabus for the course)
  • Elective Course (Either CRES prefix or CRES approved): 3 hours (See below for more details)
  • Elective Course (Either CRES prefix or CRES approved): 3 hours
CRES Graduate Certificate Portfolio CRES 70001 (1hour):  

To earn a Graduate Certificate in CRES, students must complete the following and demonstrate the appropriate competencies when applicable:

  • Present at an academic conference that engages with issues, areas of study, or research that align with the work outlined in the students CRES Graduate Certificate coursework.
  • Demonstrate an application of knowledge gained in the Graduate Certificate coursework either through scholarship and/or community service.
  • Develop (and when possible implement) a lesson plan that speaks to the various commitments of the CRES program.

The Graduate Certificate Portfolio will be approved by a committee of CRES core faculty appointed by the Director of Comparative Race and Ethnicity.

The remaining six hours of electives may be taken in one or more of the following ways: 

  • Through pre-approved CRES-designated graduate courses in the student’s field of study or in another department (with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies in the student’s major field); (See list of possible electives below in Appendix 1).
  • Through an independent study, with approval from the Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies in the student’s major field. A memo from the instructor explaining the race and ethnic studies components in this project must be submitted to and approved by the Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies; and
  • Through a course that is not CRES-designated, but that includes a substantial race and ethnic studies component. The student’s individual research in such a course will be directed towards these issues.

No more than three hours of independent study maybe applied towards the certificate. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged in the certificate program. However, students who want to take courses outside their discipline should contact the instructor a semester ahead of registration to seek the instructor’s permission.  Students registering for graduate electives should also be mindful of course prerequisites and follow the registration process accordingly.

An approved list of courses is maintained by the Associate Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. For more information, contact o.lara@tcu.edu.

Supplemental Concentrations in Research and/or Pedagogy:

For admission to the supplemental Concentration in Research and/or the Concentration in Pedagogy programs, the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 6 hours of the CRES Graduate Certificate requirements, including CRES 60003, and have full good standing in her/his graduate program as certified by the program’s Director of Graduate Studies or his/her College’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

Students should submit a second separate application for admission to each supplemental Concentration program to the Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies.

  • Concentration in Research:  In order for graduate students to achieve the “plus” certification in research a total of six (6) dissertation or thesis hours must be added to their CRES program of study.  For these hours to be considered, the student, in consultation with a CRES affiliated faculty, must demonstrate how their research, such as thesis or dissertation work, meets the aims and objectives of the CRES program.
  • Concentration in Pedagogy:  In order for graduate students to achieve the “plus” certification in pedagogy they must add an additional six (6) hours to their CRES program of study.  Students can either take courses that specifically address teaching within comparative race and ethnicity framework and/or be a teaching assistant or instructor of record for a CRES approved course or equivalent.

Students may opt to complete one or both of the concentrations.