2014-2015 Catalog 
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2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Studies Undergraduate Certificate (WEST)

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Coordinator: Dr. Aditi Mitra, COH 1023, Email: mitra@uccs.edu, (719) 255-4688


The WEST program approaches the study of global social phenomena as a complex and dynamic product of multiple regional, ethnic, and institutional identities from a transnational perspective. It offers a variety of courses that explore the intersections among gender, race, class, sexuality, identity, sovereignty, citizenship, local and global levels of social interaction, international networks, social movements, and grassroots organizing that allow for social activism and agency of global women and other under-represented populations. For WEST majors, minors, and other students wishing to concentrate in these areas, we offer a certificate of specialization in Global Studies.

The certificate is marketable to a wide variety of employers and educational institutions, including social work, graduate and professional schools (Globalization Studies, Middle-Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, Indigenous studies, Africana Studies, Latino/a Studies, Immigration Studies), community action organizations (non-profits and NGOs), government agencies and social services. Participation in the certificate program also provides students with opportunities for networking and mentoring within these specializations and more.

To enroll in the certificate program, please meet with the coordinator to turn in the completed application form. Students may get the application as a PDF from the WEST website (www.uccs.edu/west), from the coordinator, or at the WEST office: Columbine suite 1025. Ph: (719) 255-4553.

In order to complete the certificate program, students are required to submit a transcript and a five-page, typewritten self-reflective statement evaluating her/his perceptions regarding the knowledge gained in the concentration and implications for future scholarly and professional work. Please submit the statement to the coordinator. The certificate will be mailed to recipients upon completion of a certificate audit by the coordinator and graduation.

Course Requirements

After completing WEST 1010 - Introduction to Social Justice Studies: Leadership, Inclusion, and Engagement , students are required to complete 12 credit hours of WEST courses, 9 of which must be upper division. A minimum grade of 2.0 (C) is required for each course applied to the certificate.

Course selection guidelines:

  • Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.
  • All courses must be offered through the WEST program or be crosslisted with WEST.
  • Eligible courses are posted on the PDF.

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