Graduate Certificate in Diversity Literacy

Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GA
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Program Information

The Certificate in Diversity Literacy will provide a unique opportunity for students who have already earned bachelor’s degrees to enhance their knowledge and skills of the theory and practice of inclusion and equity, including what diversity means, what its personal and social effects are, and how it shapes lives, workplaces, and pedagogy.  This knowledge base and skill set will allow, for example, educators to become more inclusive in their pedagogy, employees to work more effectively in multicultural teams, and managers to become better supervisors by better understanding their cultural assumptions and those of their employees.


Admission Requirements

Anyone who has earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university may apply.

The following materials will be necessary to complete an application:

  • Official transcripts of prior undergraduate and graduate work;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • A 2-3 page essay describing the applicant’s interest in the program and how it will benefit her or his course of study and/or career path.


Program Requirements:

The curriculum for this certificate consists of 18 total hours, structured as follows:

Eligible Electives:

Special topics courses and courses from outside of A&S may be substituted with the approval of the Director.
ANTH 503    Central Africa & the Politics of Development
ANTH 627    Political Economy and Culture
ANTH 624    Black Cultural Traditions
COMM 630   Communication and Multiculturalism
ENGL 520    World Englishes
ENGL 549    Studies in Post-Colonial and/or Ethnic Literature
ENGL 550    Studies in African-American Literature
ENGL 554    Women’s Personal Narratives
ENGL 570    Language and Social Identity
ENGL 567    Post-Colonial Voices
ENGL 575    Genre Studies in African American Lit
ENGL 577; PAS 577  Harlem Renaissance
ENGL 660    African-American Lit
FREN 506;  WGST 571  Francophone Women Writers
GOEG 510; LALS 510  Urbanism in the Global South
GEOG 529   Geography of Urban Issues
HIST 506    Women in 19th Century
HIST 512    History of Jews in America
HIST 583; WGST 531/631  Women in the 20th Century in Europe and the US
HIST 584; WGST 584  Women in East-Asian History
HIST 588; WGST 530/630  Feminism in Western Civilization
HIST 590    Studies in African History
HIST 592    Civilizations of Modern India
HIST 593    American Images of the Middle East
HUM 513     Topics in Comparative Religions
HUM 512/612  Topics in Contemporary Religious Thought
HUM 513/613  Topics in Comparative Religions
HUM 514/614  Perspectives on Religious Co-Existence and Culture
HUM 515/615  Topics in Gender and the Humanities
JA 523        Race and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice
LALS 680    Issues in Latin American and Latino Studies
LING 520;  ENGL 520  World Englishes
PAS 515/615  Advanced Seminar on Race
PAS 520/620  The Black Family
PAS 528     History of African-American Education
PAS 532     Slavery and Slave Trade
PAS 542/643; WGST 543/643  Black Women Voices
PAS 562/662; WGST 640 Women’s Health in Africa
PAS 619     African-American History Seminar
PAS 620     Black Literature and Culture
PHIL 516/616; PAS 616 African-American Philosophy
PHIL 519/619 Topics in Philosophy of Race & Racism
PHIL 557/657 African Philosophy
PHIL 582/682 WGST 582/682: Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care
POLS 563   WGST 558: Women in Developing Countries
POLS 656   WGST 556/656: Feminist Theory
PSYCH 566 Race and Gender in Psychological Research
SOC 512/612; WGST 512/612 Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
SOC 636     Sociology of Human Sexuality
SOC 680     Seminar in Social Stratification
SOC 685     Race and Ethnicity
SPAN 554   Hispanic Culture through Film and Media
SPAN 644   Origins and Development of Hispanic Culture
SPAN 648   Contemporary Issues in the Hispanic World
TA 532        Advanced Directing the Black Experience
TA 547        Advanced Black Aesthetic on Stage
TA 562        Advanced Black Dramatic Literature
TA 563        Advanced African-American Women in Theater
TA 566        Advanced History of African-American Theater
TA 656        Advanced Theater of the African World
TA 664        Approaching African-American Theater
WGST 512/612; SOC 512/612: Gender, Race, Work, & Welfare
WGST 513/PAS 513: US Social Justice Movements
WGST 545/645;PAS 645: Southern Women, Black and White
WGST 547   Language, Race, Class, Gender
WGST 513   US Social Justice Movements
WGST 520/620  Women’s Personal Narratives
WGST 522/622  The Body in Popular Media
WGST 523   Gender & Popular Music
WGST 532/632  History of American Sexualities
WGST 533/633  Women in 19th-Century America
WGST 535; HSS 564  Women’s Health Issues
WGST 538; SPAD 529  American Women in Sports
WGST 545/645; PAS 645  Southern Women, Black and White
WGST 547   Language, Race, Class, Gender
WGST 615/SOC 642  Seminar in the Sociology of Disabilities


David S. Owen
Associate Professor
Director of Diversity Programs forthe College of Arts and Sciences

Director of the Certificate in Diversity Literacy