Power and Society (Certificate)

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The certificate program in power and society prepares students to think critically and practically about the relationship between power and society. Courses in the program use multiple perspectives to explore the sources, exercise and consequences of power.

The certificate program in power and society prepares students to think critically and practically about the relationship between power and society.

Courses in the program use multiple perspectives to explore the sources, exercise and consequences of power across a variety of social and historical settings. A special focus on gender is available across the spectrum of courses listed.

The certificate program is recommended for students with academic or career interests in politics, government, economics, organizing and advocacy, public affairs and public policy, journalism, social work, human rights, social justice, education and sustainability.

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Power and Society (Certificate)

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Program requirements

The certificate in power and society requires a minimum of 15 credit hours (at least 12 must be upper-division), consisting of three core credit hours and 12 elective credit hours. Only courses in which a student received a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher may be used to meet the 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 a New College major. A maximum of three credit hours of individualized instruction or internship may be applied toward 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 (select one) -- 3 credit hours
Electives (minimum 9 upper-division credit hours) -- 12 credit hours
Students will select 12 credit hours from relevant courses on power and society. Selected courses must come from at least two of the following prefixes to develop breadth across disciplines: 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

This certificate is open to students in any major. 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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