Diversity and Equity Studies (Certificate)

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The certificate program in diversity and equity studies prepares students to understand diversity. Possessing skills to work effectively with diverse colleagues, clients and leaders is fundamental to competitiveness in the increasingly diverse and transnational labor market. 

Those who possess the skills that enable them to work effectively with diverse colleagues, clients, and leaders have a competitive edge in the increasingly diverse and transnational labor market.


This certificate program in diversity and equity studies develops students' intercultural competence through knowledge gained related to the histories, practices and perspectives of diverse groups, both local and global. Reflecting on this knowledge permits students to develop strategies to work with and through differences of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, religion and class. Integrative social sciences perspectives enable bridge-building within and across differences to redress inequalities.

This certificate is valuable to those pursuing careers in medicine, law, business and management, public policy, human resources, media, government and community advocacy.

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Diversity and Equity Studies (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate in diversity and equity studies requires a minimum of 15 credit hours (at least 12 must be upper-division), consisting of a core of three credit hours and 12 credit hours of electives. Only courses in which a student receives a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher may be used to meet certificate requirements.
Six credit hours must be completed through the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. A maximum of six credit hours may be shared between the certificate and major requirements. A maximum of three credit hours of internship or individualized instruction may be applied to the certificate. Electives are not limited to the certificate elective list; see academic advisor prior to enrollment. Students are encouraged to take courses that develop breadth rather than limiting their selection to courses in one particular discipline.
Required Core Course -- 3 credit hours
Elective Courses (minimum 9 upper-division) -- 12 credit hours
Students will select 12 elective credit hours from course work related to diversity and equity studies. Selected courses must come from at least two of the following prefixes: ASB, JHR, POS, SBS or SOC.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

Students should contact an advisor in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences for more information.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

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