2020-2021 Catalog 
    Jun 17, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies (WEST)

Coordinator: Dr. Carole Woodall, COLU 2045
Email: cwoodall@uccs.edu
Ph: (719) 255-3768

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.

General Requirements

To enroll in the certificate program, get the application as a PDF from the WEST website (http://www.uccs.edu/~west/), from the coordinator, or from the WEST office: ACAD 406. Ph: (719) 255-4553. Meet with the coordinator to turn in the completed application as soon as possible after completing the certificate prerequisite.

  • Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.
  • All courses be WEST courses or cross-listed with WEST courses.
  • A minimum grade of 2.0 (C) is required for each course applied to the certificate
  • Courses counted toward this certificate may not count toward other WEST certificates.
  • In order to complete the certificate program, students are required to submit to the coordinator 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. The certificate will be mailed to recipients upon completion of a certificate audit by the coordinator, and graduation.

Course Requirements

After completing prerequisite  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.