Child and Family Advocacy Certificate

The child and family advocacy field uniquely meets a human need through interdisciplinary knowledge base that focuses both on prevention and remediation because it seeks to improve the overall quality of life. Join a field that encompasses careers that are on the rise and a wide path. With this certificate you will be able to have career options in areas that range between mental health counselors and case workers at the human services office to child advocate, family or victim advocate, community liaison, family therapist, marriage and family counselors, case management worker, school counselors, mental health therapy all branch out from this field.

Introduction to Sociology  |  SOCA 101 |  3 credits
Examines social relations, social organization and social systems through the study of process, structure, and function.

Marriage and Family  |  SOCA 207  |  3 credits 
Surveys nature and functions of the family; cross cultural and/or life course comparisons of marriage and family arrangements; gender role training; premarital and marital social and sexual activities, power dynamics, and other family processes.   

Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 and a minimum grade of C-minus in each course to earn the certificate.

Select two elective courses from the selection below (6 credits)

Gender and Society  |  SOCA 213  |  3 credits
Overview of theory and research on gender roles and gender stratification, focusing on political, economic, family and other settings; historical, cross cultural and subcultural comparisons. 

Sociological Social Psychology  |  SOCA 320  |  3 credits 
Examines the role of larger society in constructing and defining our day-to-day interactions and the relationship between group structures and processes, particularly issues of social inequality.

Deviant Behavior  |  SOCA 331 |  3 credits Elucidates theoretical perspectives on deviant behavior which traces the development of how deviance is defined, explained and controlled.

Childhood and Society  |  SOCA 336  |  3 credits   
Examines childhood as a socially constructed idea with a profound effect on our lives and our communities; changing images, definitions, agreements, and rules about childhood; the social structures incorporating childhood; the relationship of childhood to power distributions and economic inequalities.

Woman and Work |  SOCA 374  |  3 credits   
Examines the position of women in the work world including the importance of gender in determining definitions and valuations of work. Considers the context of women globally and historically.

Sociology of Education|  SOCA 375  |  3 credits   
Analyzes education as an institution that influences and is influenced by society. Reviews the functions of education, how social conflict shapes schools, and the connections between education and social inequality.

Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 and a minimum grade of C-minus in each course to earn the certificate.

A praticum is required for this certificate. (3 credits)

Internship in Sociology*  |  SOCA 492   |  3 credits 
Provides opportunity for community work experience with emphasis on job preparation skills, i.e., resume writing, networking, interviewing.

Social Welfare as a Social Institution   |  SOCA 380   |  3 credit 
Delves into American social work emphasizing recent changes in organization and methods. Includes issues of subcultures and minorities in social welfare institutions.

*All SOCA 492 internships have to be geared towards the area of the certificate. Students who already have experience in any field may receive credit for the practicum category of the certificates but after submitting the necessary documentation and approval by the department.

Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 and a minimum grade of C-minus in each course to earn the certificate.


Laura Khoury | 262-595-2590 | khoury@uwp.edu

Faculty Highlights

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    Mita Banerjee
    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Mita Banerjee is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology department. She teaches courses in Sociology of Education, Statistics, and Research Methods. Her current research interest lies in gaining insight into factors that motivate and deter first generation and under prepared students in choosing online courses and the areas of improvement necessary to enhance their online learning experience. Additionally, she is interested in investigating the role of unequal access to health care in exacerbating social inequalities in well-being.

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    Laura Khoury
    Professor of Sociology

    Laura Khoury is the Sociology Department Chair, Director of Center of Ethnic Studies, and Director of the Urban Studies Certificate. She is the Chief Editor for Sociological Imagination (refereed Journal). She received the Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award in 2018; the prestigious William H Sewell Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2017; Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award in 2014; Latino Studies Section Article Award (LASA) of her UCLA's prestigious journal Aztlán in 2010. Her research falls in both areas: surveillance studies (minorities, women, blacks ...) and subaltern studies (urban refugees and indigenous populations). She melds social justice and action as she undertakes research on pressing social justice issues on the national and global level.

University of Wisconsin System Member
The Higher Learning Commission
Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification
UW Vets - Veterans Education & Transition to Success
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