Graduate - GRI Graduate Certificate Program

The Gender, Race and Identity Certificate is a 12-credit, interdisciplinary course of study designed to enhance students’ understanding of how identities are constructed and the ways in which they intersect. The program draws from multiple disciplines to expose students to a variety of theories and methodologies used in scholarship, teaching, and professions that are concerned with the diversity of experiences that shape multicultural communities. Ideas about gender, race, and difference have played central roles in shaping historical developments, public policy, and individual identities in the United States and around the world. The Certificate program offers participants a deeper understanding of these processes, making it a valuable asset for students and professionals in virtually any field. The program complements and enriches participants’ endeavors in areas such as academic scholarship, business, counseling, education, government, health care, international relations, media, political advocacy, public relations, research, social work, and many others.

There are two ways to earn the GRI Certificate. Students already enrolled in graduate programs at UNR can incorporate the Certificate into their existing programs of study, taking additional courses if necessary to meet the requirements of both programs. Students not currently enrolled in other programs at UNR may complete the Certificate independently as Graduate Special students. Students may transfer up to 9 credits taken under Graduate Special status to the GRI master’s degree program or another graduate program at UNR.

Program Requirements
Applicants to the Certificate program must meet the requirements stipulated for Graduate School admission in the University of Nevada, Reno Catalog.
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Once accepted, students in the Certificate program take one core 700-level course and three elective courses (600 or 700 level), representing at least two different disciplines, chosen from the list of approved courses below. A faculty mentor works with each student to design an individualized plan of course work that meets the student’s scholarly and career goals. Appropriate courses may be substituted for approved GRI courses in consultation with the faculty mentor and with approval from the GRI Graduate Committee.

Students must earn at least a “B” in course work used to complete Certificate requirements and maintain a 3.0 Certificate GPA. Coursework in which a grade of “C” or lower is earned may not apply toward completion of the Certificate. If the course is required for the Certificate, it must be repeated to earn a grade of “B” or better.

Applying to the Program
Students currently enrolled in graduate programs at UNR should discuss interest in the GRI program with your main advisor in your home department and obtain that person’s permission to complete the Certificate along with your existing program of study. In most cases, GRI courses can be counted toward both the Certificate and main program requirements. Your main program advisor may also act as your faculty mentor in the GRI program if she or he is a GRI Faculty Associate. If you have any questions about how to integrate Certificate courses into your program, contact the Chair of the GRI Graduate Committee (see information below).

Submit the completed GRI Certificate Application form to the GRI Graduate Committee along with a copy of academic transcripts and a personal statement by either May 1st (to be considered for the following fall semester) or November 1st (to be considered for the following spring semester).

Graduate Special students (not currently enrolled at UNR)
Fill out the application form for admission as a Graduate Special student and take it to Admissions and Records for processing. A copy of the form can be found here.

Complete the GRI Certificate Application Form and submit it to the GRI Graduate Committee along with a copy of your academic transcript and personal statement by May 1 (for Fall admission) or November 1 (for Spring admission).

Contact Information
To make an advising appointment, please visit the advisor page.

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