WEST & Sociology - Civics Certificate

WEST & Sociology

Civics Certificate

Course Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

12 Credits

About the Program

Civics Certificate in WEST & Sociology

The Civics Certificate in Women's & Ethnic Studies (WEST) and Sociology advances critical thinking about race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and other sociocultural hierarchies by focusing on dynamic relationships between the U.S. Government and marginalized populations within American society.


Focus of Study

This certificate helps fulfill our vision that students develop and refine skills to shape a collective future in which equity and justice prevail by encouraging a broader understanding of citizenship, democracy, obligations, participation, protest, and social justice.


Program Requirements

  • Minimum requirement for completion: four courses from four different categories, for a total of 12 credit hours.
  • A minimum grade of 3.3 is required for each course applied toward the certificate.
  • At least three courses must be upper division (3000+ level) and in Sociology or WEST or cross-listed course.
  • Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.

Program Coursework

To earn this certificate, students must first complete one of these two required courses with a grade of 3.3 or better:

  • SOC 2050: Introduction to Political Sociology
  • WEST 2100: WAP: Women and Protests

Students must then successfully complete any three of the following elective courses, again with a grade of 3.3 or better:

  • WEST 3080: Trans Studies: Fluidity, Politics & Identities
  • WEST 3900: iSi se puede!: Latinx Social Movements
  • WEST 4120: Indigenous Views on Sustainability: All My Relations
  • WEST 4338: Queering the State & Citizenship
  • SOC 3150: Social Theory
  • SOC 3300: Sociology of Sport
  • SOC 3410: Sociology of Law
  • SOC 3440: Community Leadership
  • SOC 4010: State and Society
  • SOC 4300: Sociology of Sport Seminar
  • SOC 4340: Political Sociology
  • SOC 4400: Social Movements
  • SOC 4600: Critical analysis of capitalism
  • WEST 3150/SOC: 3250 Power, Privilege, and Social Difference
  • WEST 3320/SOC 3270: Global Indigenous Issues
  • WEST/SOC 3230: Chicano/a Communities
  • WEST/SOC 3240: African American Communities
  • WEST/SOC 3280: Asian American Communities
  • WEST/SOC 4040: Sociology of Gender & Sexuality
  • WEST/SOC: 4380 Globalization & Development
  • WEST/SOC: 4470 Intersections of Privilege
  • WEST/SOC: 4480 Racial Storytelling: Montgomery Travel Course

Additional courses may be counted toward the certificate; however, these must be approved in advance by the certificate coordinator, Nick Lee.

For program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.


Admission Details

General Admissions Details

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.