Sociology (Certificate)

Graduate Certificate in Sociology

Department of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences

Amy Dellinger Page, Chair and Associate Professor

Edwin Rosenberg, Graduate Program Director and Professor

The Department of Sociology offers the Graduate Certificate in Sociology (127A/45.1101).

The department also offers a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.

The Graduate Certificate in Sociology is designed to provide a solid post-baccalaureate foundation in Sociology. The six required courses:

  • comprise the basis of a master's degree in Sociology, and
  • qualify Certificate recipients who also hold a master's degree in a field other than sociology to teach Sociology courses in most colleges and universities nationwide.

The curriculum provides graduate-level expertise for teaching the most common Sociology courses (Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Marriage and Family). It also develops expertise in other standard Sociology sub-disciplines that are useful per se and that will enhance the teaching of Sociology (Sociological Theory, Research Methods, Social Stratification).

The Graduate Certificate in Sociology is 100% on-line and asynchronous, so students can schedule coursework and assignments around their job, family and other obligations. There is no requirement to be logged on at a particular day or time, nor is there any requirement to come to the main campus.

By taking two courses per semester (Summer, Fall and Spring), the Graduate Certificate in Sociology can be completed in one calendar year. The program is cohort based, each cohort commencing in the Summer term.


Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; complete application to the Graduate School; writing sample describing the applicant's relevant academic experiences (including sociology courses taken), any work and/or volunteer experience in social/human services, and the applicant's reasons for applying to the Graduate program.

Location: Online

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Sociology (Code: 127A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 18
Required Courses
  • SOC 5025: Advanced General Sociology (3)
  • SOC 5110: Advanced Research Methods I (3)
  • SOC 5200: Sociological Theory (3)
  • SOC 5350: Contemporary Social Issues (3)
  • SOC 5750: Social Stratification (3)
  • SOC 5800: Sociology of the Family (3)

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