Diversity and Inclusion Certificate

Gain a competitive edge and learn the skill of uprooting hidden biases and natural blind spots. These skills are required to effectively work and contribute to the increasingly diverse society. These skills are needed so the barriers are lessened and an equal opportunity is secured. Interestingly, this is needed in each and every walk in life following graduation.

Our practicum for this certificate has a longstanding tradition in the sociology department. We have the diversity circles that come in one credit tackling different topics. Thus, this certificate secures the most rewarding career. Diversity specialists could be program managers, facilitators, counselors and learning specialist.

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

Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.  |  SOCA 206  |  3 credits 
Introduces the formation and dynamics of ethnic and race relations in the United States and their social repercussions in terms of marginalizing people and the distribution of their life chances.   

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)

North American Indians  |  SOCA 227  |  3 credits
Surveys American Indian peoples of the United States and Canada focusing on various aspects of culture, history and recent culture change.   

Peoples of Africa  |  SOCA 226  |  3 credits 
Surveys the societies and cultures of Africa. Discusses history, cultural variation, and contemporary social change.
African American Studies  |  SOCA 324  |  3 credits 
Examines mental illness as a social role/social label in terms of institutional and sociocultural factors.

Asians in American Society |  SOCA 328  |  3 credits   
Examines the culture, social, political, historical, and economic experiences of Asians in America. Covers Asian Americans as perpetual foreigners, racism, immigration, citizenship, language, education and job opportunities.   
Social Institutions in Contemporary China |  SOCA 329  |  3 credits   
Introduces the social institutions and changes in contemporary China. Covers population, family, education, economy, and politics.  

Latinas/os in the United States |  SOCA 343  |  3 credits   
Focuses on the social, political, and cultural dynamics of the Latina/o experience in the U.S. including racial/ethnic identity, racism, economy, immigration, colonialism. 

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.

Diversity Circles  |  SOCA 107   |  1 credit (take 3 times)
Small group dialogues that help students become aware of their own biases as well as understand the impact of racism in schools, communities, and society.

*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.

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Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification
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