Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Empowering Women: South Asian Women & Girls

Certificate Overview

This Certificate offers students an opportunity to obtain a completely online certification for Empowering Women focusing on South Asian women and girls, a population that is underserved and high-need. The certificate is open to students across disciplines, including Social Work, Theology, Business Management, Nursing, Law, Education, and Women and Gender Studies, plus it is accessible to both Undergraduate and Graduate students as well as to professionals. The Certificate will prepare students to work with women from South Asia. This population needs trained professionals who are aware of the intersections of poverty, gender, politics, and culture and have a global sensibility but are sensitive to local realities.

The program is unique as there is no other institute in the USA right now that offers structured curriculum with this area of expertise. The content of this certificate will enable training within the core Jesuit identity of Loyola University Chicago to empower and advocate for marginalized people globally and locally. The certificate includes an optional three country immersion trip - as part of the Curriculum. 

For questions contact Program Director: Associate Professor Shweta Singh, ssingh9@luc.edu | ph: 312-915-7249.

Watch Professor Shweta Singh's video presentation to learn more: SAWG Certificate Presentation

  • SOWK 663: Women in a Global Context
  • SOWK 713 Women in Non-Profit Management and Leadership
  • SOWK 606 Women-Oriented Evaluation of Social Development Projects
  • Additional Course Titles:
    • Working Women in Emerging Economies
    • Immersion in India Nepal and Bhutan or SOWK XXX India Reader Workshop in Chicago
    • Women in Diaspora

Total credit Hours: 18

The program can be completed in 1 year. Students will take courses beginning in the Fall semester and will continue in the spring and summer semesters.

The cost is $700 per credit hour. Total cost $12,600.

Application Deadline: July 1.

The certificate is open to all Loyola undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and Ph.D. students from any discipline may apply for the certificate program provided they are in good standing and are able to complete all the required course work for certificate. Non-Loyola students are also welcome to apply.

Application Requirements:

  1. Complete the online application here www.gpem.luc.edu/apply/
  2. A brief personal statement