2015-2016 Catalog 
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2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

WEST Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Coordinator, Kimberly A. Holcomb, MA; ACAD 411; Email: kholcomb@uccs.edu; Ph: (719) 255-4117

Gender and Sexuality Studies seeks to understand sexuality as a social phenomenon, social construct, and identity. Following various threads of both the feminist as well as the LGBTQ rights movements, the burgeoning academic field of Gender and Sexuality Studies has witnessed the development of academic associations and journals, as well as courses and programs at universities across the nation and the globe. As an academic field, Gender and Sexuality Studies adheres to a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach that views sexuality and gender as social identities shaped by oppression and privilege.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies currently consists of 12 credit hours. The purpose of this program is to give students intellectual and methodological tools to enable them to play a leadership role in gender and sexuality research, policy, and practice at a broad range of public and private organizations. For WEST majors, minors, and other students wishing to concentrate in this area, we offer a concentration in Gender and Sexuality studies and an award of certification of study.

To enroll in the certificate program, students must meet with the Coordinator to turn in the completed application form. The application is available as a PDF on the website, from the coordinator, or at the WEST office (ACAD 406, (719) 255-4553.

Prior to completion, students must also submit a transcript and a five-page, typewritten self-reflective statement evaluating their perceptions regarding the knowledge gained in the concentration and implications for future scholarly and professional work. The certificate is to be mailed to recipients upon completion of a certificate audit by the coordinator and graduation.

Course Requirements

12 credit hours chosen from the courses below; 9 hours 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.