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Understanding Diversity through Sociology Micro-Credential

This three-course undergraduate micro-credential will allow you to signal to future employers an in-depth specialization in the study of diversity from a sociological lens. This program is open to anyone who would like to learn more about diversity in social institutions. Learners will gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges arising from diversity in families, communities, schools, and workplaces. Upon completion of this program you will be well-equipped to think critically about power, diversity, inequality and marginality in US institutions.

  • What is a Micro-Credential?
    • Smaller than a minor, a certificate, or a degree program, micro-credentials allow you to meet your personalized learning needs by gaining knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your academic or professional goals. Micro-credentials equip you with digital badges that showcase your achievements and all it took to get there.
  • Who is eligible for the Understanding Diversity through Sociology program?
    • This program is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the subject of diversity. Sociology majors might consider enrolling in this program to gain expertise in this area. Students from other departments may find that this program adds value to their degree program. Non-degree students, looking for a credential, but not yet ready to pursue a 4 year degree, may be interested as well.
  • What skills will I obtain?
    • Since diversity is a universal topic, the skills learned in this program will be applicable in nearly every field. You will learn about the sociological theories and research in the fields of gender, race, class, sexuality, and immigration, and will be well-equipped to think critically about power, inequality and marginality in US institutions.
  • How long will it take to complete this program?
    • Approximately three semesters if you take the diversity courses one at a time. The program can be completed more quickly if you take more than one diversity course at a time.
  • What will I earn when I complete this program?
    • You will earn a notation on your academic transcript as well as a digital badge that you may use on your digital resume or social media sites.
  • How do I enroll?
    • An online enrollment form can be found here.

Program Requirements

  • 9 credits of Diversity Course Work. Students must earn a B or better in the following courses:
    1. One Required Course: SOC 211, Sociology of Diversity
    2. Two Elective Courses from the Following List:

SOC 314, Sociology of Gender
SOC 318, Gender & Work
SOC 321, Race and Ethnicity
SOC 324, Sociology of Immigration
SOC 328, Social Inequality
SOC 338, Sociology of Sexuality
SOC 387, Race & Racism
SOC 390, Race, Class & Gender in the US Military

See the Undergraduate Catalog for Course Descriptions


  • Following completion of the diversity coursework, students must submit the following to Kelly Crean, the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, to earn the Micro-Credential in Understanding Diversity through Sociology:
  1. A diversity statement for a future employer that discusses issues such as race, gender, social class and sexual orientation in the workplace. Include a discussion of your involvement in activities intended to promote diversity in your school or workplace and your perspective on equity and diversity issues in the workplace.
  2. A 5-page paper addressing one of the following paper topics. The paper must cite at least five academic readings from the diversity coursework:
    • Drawing upon a sociological perspective, discuss how categories of diversity intersect and create complex identities and the institutional inequalities and advantages associated with these identities.
    • Use course concepts to evaluate a program or policy that has been implemented in an effort to either promote or diminish diversity. Describe the program or policy, if and when it was implemented, and use readings and concepts from your diversity coursework to evaluate its impact.

For More Information

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For more information specifically about the Understanding Diversity through Sociology Micro-Credential, contact Professor Kristen Schultz Lee, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Sociology Department.