The Inclusive Excellence Graduate Certificate Program requires the students to complete a total of 9 credit hours: 3 credit hours of the required course, 3 credit hours from an elective course, and 3 creidt hours from an Experiential Learning. Required courses must be completed prior to the Experiential Learning.

Required Course

  • AMST 65000 - Comp Race, Ethnicity, Difference (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses

Students can earn the remaining 3 credits by completing a graduate level course with a focus on issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Below is a list of approved courses students can select from to meet the requirements of the graduate certificate program.

  • AAS 57500 Theories of African and African American Studies
  • AGEC 53200 World Food Problems
  • AMST 65000 Contemporary issues in Asian American Studies
  • ANTH 50500 Culture and Society
  • EDCI 58500 Multicultural Education
  • ENE 69500/WGSS 68000 Race, Class, and Gender Theory in Engineering Education
  • POL 52000  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • PSY 63000 Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • PSY 68200 Culture and Diversity at Work
  • PUBH 51100 Global Health
  • SOC 60900 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 61100 Social Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender
  • WGSS 68000 Feminist Theory
  • WGSS 68200 Issues in Feminist Research and Methodology

Students can enroll in a course of their choice, which is not included in the list below, after they receive permission to do so from the Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs and the Director of the American Studies program.

Experiential Learning (3 credit hours)

Students should contact Christal Musser to schedule a time to discuss the Experiential Learning requirement. Students will be able to register for the Experiential Learning course after completing AMST 65000 and the elective course. To fulfill the Experiential Learning requirement, students can enroll in AMST 69500 American Studies Service Learning/Internship or GRAD 59000 Inclusive Excellence Experiential Learning.

Through Experiential Learning course students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge acquired in the Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program required and elective courses. Specifically, students will be required to work to explore and assist various organizations in fostering diversity and inclusion in their professional communities and beyond.

Over the course of one semester (16 weeks), students will assist an organization (office, program, initiative) to assess, design or implement projects that foster diversity and inclusion in their professional or non-professional communities. Students will be expected to work approximately 9 hours a week with an organization of their choice. For example, students may choose to work with the following offices and programs at Purdue:

The Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs will assist students in finding an organization that would be interested in working with graduate students. At the end of the semester, students will provide a written report and oral presentation in which they will describe their experiences and analyze how their work has helped an organization to promote diversity and inclusion. The presentation could be at the OIGP Spring Reception, a relative conference, or possibly a website resource development.


Once the certificate program requirements have been fulfilled, please contact Samantha Brillembourg, the Graduate  Program Specialist. Your completion requirements will be reviewed and you will be notified regarding the status of your certificate program completion. Please keep in mind that an application is required via the online application portal.

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