Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Diversity


The Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies offers a graduate Certificate in Diversity that prepares students for today’s culturally diverse society. Courses required for the Diversity Certificate focus on the intersection of race/ethnicity, social class, and gender. The graduate certificate is open to students enrolled in any graduate degree program at Texas Woman’s University as well as to qualified individuals seeking only the Diversity Certificate.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Recognize and embrace diversity in race/ethnicity, gender, class, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, etc. in the United States.
  2. Apply acquired knowledge and skills to work and social interactions.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

The academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

The Diversity Certificate requires 18 graduate semester credit hours (SCH) of coursework to be completed with an average grade of B or higher. Diversity is defined as inclusive of diversity in race/ethnicity, as well as gender, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, and disability. Some courses will focus on diversity within the United States and others are global with a cross-cultural focus.

Required Courses
SOCI 5643Race and Ethnic Groups in the United States3
SOCI 5833Gender and Sexualities3
SOCI 6553Social Stratification3
Select 3 SCH with the approval of the Program Lead or Graduate Advisor of the Department. The remaining 9 SCH may be selected from courses offered in the Sociology Program, or from outside the program.9
Total SCHs18