The Certificate is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM, to students who previously received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in Hmong-related topics. Interested students should contact the coordinator to register for the certificate.
To obtain the certificate, the student must complete, with a minimum grade point average of 2.50, at least 18 credits in approved Hmong Diaspora Studies courses as indicated below. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.
- Ethnic 265: Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life
- 1 semester of Hmong language and/or literacy
- 1 semester of Southeast Asian History selected from the following:
||The Vietnam War
||Southeast Asia: The Age of Imperialism and Revolution Since 1880
||Topics in Asian History: (with appropriate subtitle)
- Nine additional credits selected from the list of approved courses, at least 6 of which must be selected from courses with a primary focus on Hmong cultural groups.
Of the 18 required credits, 12 must be taken in the College of Letters and Science, at least six of them at the 300 level or above. No more than nine credits from any one curricular area may count toward the Certificate. Twelve of the 18 required credits must be earned in residence at UWM. Of these 12 credits, nine must be taken at the 300 level or above. A maximum of six credits in Independent Study may count toward program requirements.