The Sociology Program offers a graduate certificate program in the area of gender violence. In response to increasing reports of gender violence, and its status as a major social and public health problem facing the residents of Virginia as well as other states and communities nationwide, there is a growing need for services in the area of sexual and domestic violence. While many of the initial organized responses to sexual and domestic violence were among grass-roots organizations committed to social change, these organizations have evolved and developed into more comprehensive programs providing a variety of services that pose unique challenges and responses. The administration and provision of these services require specific areas of knowledge and skills that fit both the mission and areas of expertise of VCU's Sociology Program and would complement the existing professional training in these areas.
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools