Gender and Sexualities Studies Undergraduate Certificate

Gender and Sexualities Studies Undergraduate Certificate

Coordinator : Dr. Tre Wentling

ACAD 426; Email:; Ph: (719) 255-8187

Gender and Sexualities Studies examines sexuality as a social phenomenon, social process, social construct, formation of identity, role, and performance. Following various threads of feminist and LGBTQ rights movements, the burgeoning field of Gender and Sexualities Studies has witnessed the development of academic associations and journals, as well as university courses and programs across U.S. and beyond. Gender and Sexualities Studies is inspired by multi- and inter- disciplinary approaches that view sexualities and gender as social identities shaped by oppression and privilege. 

Undergraduate Certificate in Gender and Sexualities Studies

UCCS courses affiliated with the undergraduate certificate in Gender and Sexualities Studies reflect a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches that counter biologically deterministic and medicalized understandings. Faculty who wishes to add their courses to the certificate program must weave gender and sexualities throughout the course, rather than content dedicated to one or two class periods. Eligible courses must demonstrate an intersectional approach to gender and sexualities such that race, socioeconomic status, ability, age, and more are central to our examination.

This certificate offers students intellectual and methodological tools that enable taking a leadership role in gender and sexualities research, policy making, and cultural practices more generally in broad range of public and private organizations. All students, WEST majors and minors, as well as non-WEST majors and minors, are invited to complete the Gender and Sexualities Certificate.

Certificate Course Requirements

After completing WEST 1010- Introduction to Social Justice Studies: Leadership, Inclusion, and Engagement, students are required to complete 12-credit hours of approved courses, 9 of which must be upper division credit hours. A minimum grade of 2.0 (C) is required for each course applied to the certificate. Gender and Sexualities Certificate courses may not be counted toward the Latino/a Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Global Studies certificates.

Completing Certificate

To enroll in the certificate program, students must first complete the declaration form online. The Coordinator will email students an application for that must be completed and returned to coordinator. Once course requirements have been met, students submit a transcript and a five-page, typewritten self-reflective statement to the Coordinator. The statement evaluates student’s knowledge gained because of their concentration in Gender and Sexualities Studies, including 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.

Eligible Courses and Guidelines

Required Course

  • WEST 1010 -- Intro to Social Justice Studies: Leadership, Inclusion, & Engagement
  • SOC 2110 -- Sex and Society or SOC 2250 Gendered Images
  • WEST 3080 -- Trans Studies: Fluidity, Politics, and Identity
  • WEST 3090 -- Peep Show: Sexuality in Pop. Culture
  • WEST 3130/PHIL -- 3230 Gender, Race and Sexuality
  • ANTH 3280/WEST 3270 -- Archaeological Approaches to Gender and Sexuality
  • WEST 3838 -- Queering the State and Citizenship
  • WEST/SOC -- 4010 Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities
  • WEST/SOC -- 4040 Gender and Sexuality
  • WEST/SOC -- 4080 Men and Masculinities


  • Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.
  • All courses must be offered through the WEST program and/or affiliates.

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