2012-2013 Catalog 
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2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology of Diversity Undergraduate Certificate

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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 twelve credits.
  • A minimum grade of 3.3 is required for each course applied toward the certificate.
  • All courses must be at 3000 level or above in Sociology; independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.

All courses must be offered through the Sociology department upon approval of the Certificate Coordinator. Up to three Sociology transfer credits may be applied to the certificate.

Course Requirements

Students must take at least one course from each of the categories below:


Additional special topic courses may be offered that can be counted toward the certificate. These courses must be approved in advance by the Certificate Coordinator or the Sociology Department chair.

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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