Undergrad Program

Certificate in the Sociology of Diversity


Dr. Abby Ferber, Coordinator

Department of Sociology Columbine Hall 1025D (719) 255-4139   aferber@uccs.edu 

  • 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.
  • 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.

  Certificate in the Sociology of Diversity - 12 credits, 9 upper division credits   A minimum grade of 3.3 is required for each course applied toward the certificate. Students must take four courses from the following list:

Certificate in the Sociology of Diversity
2200 Intro to Racial and Ethnic Groups 2110 Sex and Society
3210 American Minority Communities 2250  Gender Images
3230 The Chicano Community 3610  Gender and Society
3240  African American Community 3320  African American Families
3250  Power, Privilege and Social Difference 4080  Men and Masculinities
3270 Native Communities 4210 Sociology of Poverty
3290 Perspectives on Race and Ethnic Relations 4390 Diversity Issues
3320 African American Community 4040 Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
4310 Class, Stratification and Power 4240 Sociology of Disability
4210 Social Services and Welfare Reform 4230 Foundations of Disability
4300 Sociology of Sport 4700 Global Feminisms

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 department chair.

  To complete the certificate program, students are required to submit a transcript and a five-page, typewritten self-statement, evaluating changes in their perceptions of diversity issues as a result of program participation and implications for future scholarly and professional work.  The certificate will be mailed to recipients upon completion of a certificate audit and graduation.      
Course selection guidelines:

  •  Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.
  •   All courses must be offered through the sociology department. 
  • Up to three transfer credit hours may be applied to the certificate from courses approved by the certificate coordinator. 
  • Students that are not sociology majors or minors must complete 3 credit hours of additional lower division sociology credit before enrolling in the certificate program.

Students may enroll in the certificate program by completing a brief application available from the coordinator, or at the sociology office. 

Please click here for the Certificate in Diversity Application

Certificate in Criminology and Justice Studies
Dr. Michèle Companion, Coordinator
Department of Sociology
1015 Columbine Hall
(719) 255 - 4141
mcompani@uccs.edu

• The sociology department has a strong emphasis in multiple aspects of the criminal justice system, highlighting the impact of law and society, corrections systems, and structures of deviance in the social order. For sociology majors, minors, and other students wishing to concentrate in these areas, we offer a certificate of specialization.

• The certificate is marketable to a wide variety of employers and educational institutions, including law schools, law enforcement, 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.

Certificate in Criminology and Justice Studies - 12 credits upper division credits.

Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate. Students that are not Sociology majors or minors must complete 3 credit hours of additional lower division Sociology credit before enrolling in the certificate program. All courses must be offered through the Sociology Department.

A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required for each course applied toward the certificate.

 SOC - 3410 (Sociology of Law) and SOC - 3400 (Criminology) are mandatory for the completion of the certificate.

Students must take two additional courses from the following list:

SOC 4190 - Deviant Behavior SOC
3490 - Youth Gangs
SOC 4520 - Corrections & Rehabilitation
SOC 3360 - Drugs and Addiction
SOC 4960 - Juvenile Delinquency

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.

Students wishing to enroll in this certificate program must turn in an application to the certificate coordinator and are encouraged to enroll by their junior year. To complete the certificate program, students are required to submit a transcript and a five-page, typewritten self-statement, evaluating changes in their perceptions of criminology and justice studies as a result of program participation and implications for future scholarly and professional work. The certificate will be mailed to recipients upon completion of a certificate audit and graduation.

Please click here for the Certificate in Criminology and Justice Studies

Certification Process


Students wishing to enroll in this 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 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 criminology and justice studies as a result of program participation and implications for future scholarly and professional work. The certificate will be mailed to recipients upon completion of a certificate audit and graduation.