Inclusive Excellence Gradaute Certificate Program requires the students to complete 9 credit hours, 6 credit hours in required courses and 3 credit hours from an Experiential Learning.  Required courses must be completed prior to the Experiential Learning.

Required Courses

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

Experiential Learning (3 credit hours)

Students should contact Christal Musser to schedule a time to discuss your experiential learning.  Students will be able to register for experiential learning course, after completing AMST 65000 and the elective course, either by enrolling in 22775 - AMST 69500 AMST Serv/Learn Intern or any other graduate course that offers 3 credits for internships or community service.

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 with different organizations 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.

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 in one of the following areas.  Below is a list of potential courses students can select from to meet the requirements of the graduate certificate program. 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.

  • 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


Once the certificate program requirements have been fulfilled, please contact Amy Ledman, the Graduate  Program Specialist. Your completition 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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