The critical Hmong studies certificate program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is designed for students who have a strong interest in studying Hmong history, culture, society, politics, language and contemporary issues. This certificate also offers a great opportunity to students who are interested in academic areas beyond their major or those who interact with Hmong communities on a professional basis.
Throughout the certificate program, you'll study topics like Hmong language, history, culture and society, and critical race theory. Core and elective courses in the critical Hmong studies certificate will provide you with a better understanding of Hmong communities in Eau Claire and beyond, with particular attention on how to promote dignity, social justice and equality for Hmong and other diverse immigrant and refugee communities. Classes are taught by professors from a variety of disciplines providing you with a well-rounded and diverse education.
Opportunities to travel. While pursuing the critical Hmong studies certificate, you'll have the opportunity to participate in travel seminars focused on Hmong studies. These programs count for credit and allow for more in-depth, personal connections and experiences.
Research and creative activities. Throughout your courses, you will be able to participate in research and creative activity, including working on innovative projects with professors. Research in the critical Hmong studies certificate program may also include collaborations with other institutions and UW campuses focused on critical Hmong studies.
Personalized studies. Half of the critical Hmong studies certificate requirements are made up of course electives, allowing you to customize your studies and explore classes that best align with your interests or career goals.
Courses throughout the critical Hmong studies certificate will thoroughly examine the concept of intersectionality and its implications on identities, historical and contemporary injustice, and social issues. Studies will also focus on the Hmong language, with an emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Upon graduation, you'll have a greater understanding and appreciation of Hmong culture, literature and current events.
What classes do critical Hmong studies students take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Hmong American experiences in the U.S.
- Social foundations
- Hmong language structures
- Critical approaches to identity and injustice
- Hmong traditions and customs
Learn more about the critical Hmong studies certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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