Global Studies Certificate

Global Studies

Undergraduate Certificate

Program Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

15 Credits

About the Program

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Global Studies Certificate

The Department of Women's & Ethnic Studies (WEST) approaches the study of global social phenomena as a complex and dynamic product of multiple regional, ethnic, and institutional identities from a transnational perspective.

The program offers a variety of courses that explore the intersections among gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability, 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 underrepresented populations.

Focus of Study

A certificate of specialization in Global Studies 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

Program Requirements

  • 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

Program Coursework

After completing WEST 1010 Introduction to Social Justice Studies, students are required to complete 12 credit hours of WEST courses from the list of options below, 9 of which must be upper division:

  • WEST 3040 Women Around the World
  • WEST 3140 Women in Classical Antiquity
  • WEST 3220 Global Indigenous Issues
  • WEST 3370 Boricua Crossings: Puerto Rico and Its Diaspora
  • WEST 3380 Caribbean Literature, History, and Theory
  • WEST 3400 Sex and Gender in Islam
  • WEST 3420 North American Indians
  • WEST 3480 Global Women’s Issues
  • WEST 3580 Immigrant Histories
  • WEST 3680 Islam and the West
  • WEST 3780 South Sea Tales
  • WEST 4050 From the Harem to the War Zone
  • WEST 4060 Middle Eastern Women in Film
  • WEST 4100 Native American Perspectives on Museums
  • WEST 4120 Indigenous Views on Sustainability:  All My Relations
  • WEST 4160 The Transatlantic Slave Trade:  A Comparative, Cross-cultural Perspective
  • WEST 4170 The Empire Strikes Back: Postcolonial Literature, Theory, and History
  • WEST 4180 Gender in International Politics
  • WEST 4380 Globalization and Development
  • WEST 4410 Topics on Women in the Middle East
  • WEST 4700 Global Feminisms
  • WEST 4760 Women's Space, Women's Place: Women's Role in Changing the Face of the Earth
  • WEST 4780 Global Migration
  • WEST 4900 Special Topics: Rhetorics of Truth and Reconciliation

Additional WEST courses related to globalization may be offered and counted toward the certificate. These courses must be approved in advance by the certificate coordinator or the WEST Program Director.

A minimum grade of 2.0 (C) is required for each course applied to the certificate. One course counted toward the Global Studies Certificate may also be counted toward the Latino/a Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Gender and Sexualities Studies certificates.

For program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Details

General Admissions

To learn more about admission requirements and the application process, please visit the UCCS Admissions page.

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Intent and Completion Applications for Program Admission

Once admitted to UCCS, students choosing to pursue a certificate must submit a Certificate Declaration Form.

After completing the program requirements, the student must submit the Certificate Completion Form with all supporting documents uploaded where indicated on the form. Students planning to pursue multiple certificates will need to submit separate declaration and completion forms for each certificate.