2023-2024 Catalog 
    
    Mar 02, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies (WEST)


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Coordinator: Andrea Herrera
Email: aherrera@uccs.edu
Ph: (719) 255-4001

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

Students should apply for the certificate in Global Studies, by completing the online WEST Certificate Declaration form here https://west.uccs.edu/west-certificates and declaring their intention to complete the certificate as soon as possible after completing WEST 1010.

In order to complete the certificate in Global Studies please use the online WEST Certificate Completion form here https://west.uccs.edu/west-certificates. Students are required to submit a transcript and attach a 3-5 page, self-reflective statement evaluating  their perceptions regarding the knowledge gained in the concentration and implications for future scholarly and professional work. A certificate confirming the student’s completion of the certificate will be emailed to recipients following an audit by the coordinator.

  • 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
  • One course counted toward this certificate may double count toward other WEST certificates.

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.

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