Graduate Certificate Program Gender, Race, and Nations

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Gender, Race, and Nations Graduate Certificate Overview

PSU’s graduate certificate in Gender, Race, and Nations equips you with the knowledge and skills to better serve marginalized and underrepresented populations.

Professionals working as policymakers, educators, urban planners, counselors, lawyers, and civic leaders are often faced with addressing the effects of inequality, historical trauma, and disparities associated with colonization among the populations they serve.

In our program, you will promote innovative and nontraditional approaches to learning that are consistent with the communities you serve. Our students are empowered to expand critical analytical frameworks of race, gender, and nations to better illuminate the interconnected and complex issues of today's society while engaging in community-based research projects that incorporate Portland’s growing diversity. By the time you graduate, you will have developed collaborative leadership skills that better address diversity and equity initiatives.

Our certificate provides you with a contemporary understanding of the studies of gender, race, and nations, and prepares you for further graduate studies, professional work, community activism, and civic engagement.

Degree Details

  • GC
    Graduate Certificate
    On campus
    Total Credits
    Start Term
    Fall, Winter, Spring

Gender, Race, and Nations Graduate Certificate: Why PSU?

Through an activist, scholarly, and applied focus, our certificate in Gender, Race, and Nations serve the needs of an array of professionals whose work confronts issues of race, immigration, gender, sexuality, nationality, Indigeneity, identity, power, intersectionality, and social justice.

You’ll have an opportunity to do cutting-edge academic work with faculty members from a range of disciplines, including Black Studies, Chicano-Latino Studies, Indigenous Nations Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

You’ll also have the chance to do integrity-filled work with community organizations that understand and advocate for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Diasporic, LGBTQ, and other underserved communities and peoples. Our students have worked with nonprofits and small businesses such as Artists Repertory Theatre, Black Parent Initiative (BPI), and Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA).

What can I do with a graduate certificate in Gender, Race, and Nations?

PSU’s graduate certificate in Gender, Race, and Nations can be paired with graduate studies in many academic disciplines. Many of our students have pursued master’s degrees in educational leadership and policy, conflict resolution, health sciences, public policy, social work, public administration, urban studies and planning, anthropology, and sociology.

The certificate helps our students better serve their target populations, meet job-related goals around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and advance in their careers.

Featured Courses

  • GRN 515 The Constructions of Power & Knowledge
  • GRN 520 Critical Methodologies
  • GRN 530 Social Justice Pedagogy


  • BST 514 Racism
  • BST 550 Caribbean Archaeology
  • BST 426/526 Contemporary African-American Cinema
  • BST 584 African-American Community Development
  • SOC 425 Sociology of Gender
  • WS 451 Interrupting Oppression
  • WS 580 Intro to Critical Disability Studies
  • NAS 426 Tribal Critical Race Theory
  • CHLA 375U Southwestern Borderlands
  • NAS 442 Decolonizing Methodologies
  • NAS 306 Red Power


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).