Online Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate

College of Arts and Sciences

Our country has grappled with questions of diversity, inclusion, and equity since its inception, and there is little doubt that we are entering a period of increased consequence for the social cleavages that underpin our nation’s diversity, particularly those involving class, race/ethnicity, and gender. The competencies gained in the program will tap into both dimensions equally and will produce informed citizens who will be uniquely positioned to critically engage some of this era’s most pressing social issues. This program is offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Campus Requirements: 

100% of the coursework for this program can be completed online.

Program Tracks

In addition to two required core courses, students will select two or more elective courses (minimum six credits). Students must choose their electives from at least two of the different groups listed below.

  • Group 1: Social Class/Economic Inequality

  • Group 2: Gender/Sexuality

  • Group 3: Race/Ethnicity

Review the full list of elective courses on the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Sample Courses


Sociology of Immigration

Provides a sociological understanding of contemporary migration both globally and with a particular focus on the U.S. The course will examine why migration occurs; how it is sustained over time; and how immigrants are incorporated into the host society.
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The Politics of Income Inequality

Introduces fundamental politics of income inequality and redistribution, including social policy development, redistributional policy differences between countries, and popularity of differing welfare programs.
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Social Class/Economic Inequality

Social Stratification: Race, Class and Gender (Core Course)

The study of social inequality with a focus on inequalities by class and status, race and ethnicity, and gender.

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