Diversity Certificate

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What is the Diversity Certificate?

The College of Liberal Arts, College of Architecture and Department of Multicultural Services have joined together for the creation of a Diversity Certificate Program for Texas A&M University.

Drawing from existing courses, programs and associations within the university, the Diversity Certificate Program will enable its students to create, synthesize and integrate academic coursework, co-curricular experience, and service learning engagement in order to demonstrate their preparedness for participation in the modern global economy.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of appropriate discourse when addressing issues of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, and socio-economic status.
  2. An academic component, which will consist of the completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of diversity related courses with GPA of 3.0 in those classes; or a combination of 9 credit hours and three additional credits of independent projects or research, such as a directed study class.
  3. Students will be able to explain how the behavior of individuals, groups, and nations affects others, in terms of human rights and environmental, social and economic well-being.
  4. Students will be able to perceive and articulate any given event from more than one cultural viewpoint.

Requirements

  1. An orientation session during which the purpose, structure and requirements of the certificate will be explained. A certificate advisor from the Dept. of Multicultural Services will be assigned to each student.
  2. An academic component, which will consist of the completion of a minimum of 9 hours of diversity related courses with GPA of 3.0 in those classes. Three additional credits of independent projects or research, such as a directed study class, will be required.
  3. A co-curricular component, which will consist of a minimum of 10 hours of participation in diversity related co-curricular activities.
  4. A service learning component, which will consist of at least 20 hours of involvement in an approved project.
  5. A capstone presentation where participants will demonstrate how they have integrated and made sense of their experiences.