Undergraduate Certificates

Sociology Certificates:

Certificate in the Sociology of Diversity
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.

Dr Abby Ferber is the coordinator of the Certificate in the Sociology of Diversity.

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.

Of these four courses, three must be 3000 level or above.  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 must take four courses from the following list:



2200 Intro to Racial and Ethnic Groups
3210 American Minority Communities
3230 The Chicano Community
3240 African-American Community
3250 Power, Privilege and Social Difference
3270 Native Communities
3290 Perspectives on Race and Ethnic Relations
3320 African American Community
4210 Social Services and Welfare Reform
4310 Class, Stratification and Power
4300 Sociology of Sport

 

2110 Sex and Society
2250 Gender Images
3320 African American Families 
3610 Gender and Society
4040 Sociology of Gender & Sexuality 
4080 Men and Masculinities
4210 Sociology of Poverty
4230 Foundations of Disability
4240 Sociology of Disability
4390 Diversity Issues
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 Sociology 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.

Certificate in Criminology and Justice Studies

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.

Dr. Michèle Companion is the coordinator of the Certificate in Criminology and Justice Studies.

· Minimum Requirement for Completion: 4 courses, for a total of 12 credits.
· A minimum grade 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.
· To satisfy the certificate requirements, all courses must be at level 3000 or above in Sociology.

Students that are not Sociology majors or minors must complete three credit hours of additional lower division Sociology credit before enrolling in the certificate program.  All courses must be offered through the Sociology Department.

Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.  Additional courses that are eligible to fulfill this requirement include, but are not limited to the following:

SOC 3360 – Sociology of Drugs and Addiction
SOC 3490 – Youth Gangs
SOC 4190 – Deviant Behavior
SOC 4520 – Sociology of Corrections and Rehabilitation
SOC 4960 – Juvenile Delinquency

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

Certification Processs:

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, sstudents 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.