2022-2023 Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Certificate in Sociology of Diversity

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The Sociology Department has a strong emphasis in diversity and inequality issues, highlighting race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. For sociology majors, minors, and other students wishing to concentrate in these areas, we offer a certificate of specialization. Completion of the certificate provides evidence of specialized study, which can be beneficial for enhancing future career options and interests. The certificate is marketable to a wide variety of employers and educational institutions, including social work, graduate and professional schools, community action organizations, and social services. Participation in the certification program also provides students with opportunities for networking and mentoring. Dr. Abby Ferber is the coordinator of the Certificate in the Sociology of Diversity.

General Requirements

  • Minimum requirement for completion: four courses, for a total of 12 credit hours.
  • A minimum grade of 3.3 is required for each course applied toward the certificate.
  • All courses must be upper division (3000+ level) and in Sociology. Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.
  • Up to 3 Sociology transfer credits may be applied to the certificate.

Certification Process

Students wishing to enroll in a certificate program must turn in an application to the Certificate Coordinator, ideally when they declare their major. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll by their junior year to ensure that certificate requirements are met. Students that are not sociology majors or minors must complete three (3) credit hours of additional lower division sociology credit before enrolling in the certificate program.

Students must submit their transcript to the coordinator to verify that they have met the requirements for the certificate at the beginning of their final semester.  To complete the certificate program, students are required to submit a five-page, typewritten self-statement, evaluating changes in their perceptions of diversity issues as a result of program participation and the implication for future scholarly and professional work.  The certificate will be mailed to recipients upon completion of a certificate audit and graduation.

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