School of Social Sciences and International Studies

Diversity and Social Inequality Graduate Certificate

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Why Choose Diversity and Social Inequality?

You will study the forms, consequences, and impact of diversity in modern society while pursuing Wright State's graduate certificate in diversity and social inequality. Gain an appreciation of the benefits of embracing diversity in all its forms as well as the ability to identify and evaluate individual, interactional, and structural factors that link many categories of difference to enduring forms of social inequality. Learn how to:

  • Successfully impart introductory-level sociology material and concepts to college-bound high school students
  • Demonstrate teaching skills appropriate to the collegiate context
  • Utilize social science data to document patterns of social inequality across a wide variety of social identity categories
  • Demonstrate cross-cultural understanding and intercultural awareness
  • Recognize patterns of prejudice and discrimination and features of social environments that can exacerbate or improve social inequality
  • Appreciate the impact of diverse social identities on individual well-being and life chances
  • Apply the sociological imagination to the study of diversity and social inequality


Employers are increasingly aware of the importance of social diversity and the value of workforce diversification. Earning this certificate will demonstrate your proficiency in this highly-relevant, high-demand area. If you are a qualified secondary instructor, earning this ertificate will allow you to teach credit-bearing introductory sociology courses to college-bound students in Ohio high schools. Ohio mandates a minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit hours within the discipline for completion.

Some rewarding careers in social justice include:

  • Urban development
  • Immigration law
  • Cultural research
  • Social worker
  • Victim advocate
  • Social justice specialist or consultant
  • Probation or parole officer
  • Counselor
  • Interpreter/translator
  • Teacher
  • Health educator
  • Grant writer
  • Civil rights attorney or public defender
  • Journalist/photographer/videographer
  • Adult literacy teacher
  • Career counselor
  • Emergency relief director

Academics and Curriculum

You will gain direct training and experience with introductory sociology courses, and enjoy a focused program of coursework that will give you specialized proficiency in the area of social diversity. Choose from a rich array of qualifying courses including Gender and Sexuality Global Issues, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Sociology, and Health of Vulnerable Populations. View Diversity and Social Inequality Graduate Certificate program requirements in the Academic Catalog.


You must hold a bachelor’s degree in sociology (or related field/equivalent) and fulfill the admission requirements for the Wright State Graduate School. The Graduate School will review the applications. If the application meets the Graduate School’s minimum requirements, the sociology curriculum committee and/or the department chair will review the applications for approval. Call 937-775-2667 or email for more information.


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