The Race and Social Policy Certificate Program is a 12-hour concentration. The concentration provides an opportunity for Master's and Ph.D. level graduate students to develop understanding of issues of race, ethnicity and culture, especially as they relate to public policy. The certificate program's practical value includes the enhancement of knowledge and analytical abilities regarding the intersection of race, ethnicity and social policy issues. The certificate is a credential that is applicable to a wide range of careers, including law, secondary and higher education, human resources, criminal justice, health care, housing, and welfare. The overarching aim of the program is to provide a coherent, interdisciplinary grounding in race and social policy scholarship and to create an intellectual community among faculty and graduate students sharing similar scholarly interests.
RSP concentration students are required to complete SOC 6984 - Special Study: Survey of Race and Social Policy in the U.S. (3 credits), plus 9 additional credits in approved graduate-level (5000 and above) electives. In addition to the pre-approved courses listed below, other courses may be approved by the Director upon review of a course syllabus to ascertain that sufficient attention is given to issues to race and ethnicity in the respective courses. Students planning to take courses not included in the pre-approved list should consult the Director prior to enrolling to insure that the desired course will meet the criteria established. Transfer courses from other institutions will be considered is syllabi are available.