Hmong Studies, Certificate

(Code 295-601)

The critical Hmong Studies Certificate program is designed for students who have a strong interest in studying Hmong history, culture, society, language, and contemporary issues.  The certificate might appeal to students who have limited opportunity to explore academic areas beyond their major discipline, or those who interact with Hmong communities on a professional basis.  The certificate consists of 10 core credits and between 5 and 8 elective credits, depending on the course combination selected.

Of the minimum 15 credits required, six would need to be at the 300-400 level (including electives).  Elements of the certificate would include (1) Language; (2) Hmong History, Culture, & Society; (3) Critical Race Theory (CRT); (4) Electives.

Core credits:10
HMNG 130Hmong American Experiences in the U.S. 13
or HUMS 110 Hmong Civilization, Culture, and Contemporary Issues
HMNG 101Beginning Hmong I4
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations3
Beginning Hmong II
Indigenous Theory and Methodologies
Topics in American Ethnic Literature 2
Variable credit options:
Travel seminars focused on Hmong Studies
Various courses with either Hmong or Hmong-American content or CRT or indigenous approach
Other distance learning options, in collaboration with other institutions/UW campuses when focused on Hmong Studies

Note:  Courses cannot be counted in both the major and the certificate program.


1. HNRS 104 is an appropriate substitution when course is offered as Hmong Cult Hist Civ.

2. When course is focused on Hmong Studies. 

For advising, contact Dr. Kong Pha (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program).