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. 

UCCS Courses and faculty affiliated with the undergraduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies will reflect a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches to the inquiry of sexuality that counter dominant, biologically deterministic approaches.  

A Gender and Sexualities Studies Certificate provides students with intellectual and methodological tools that enable their taking leadership roles in research design, data collection and research analysis; policy initiatives; and influencing practices at a broad range of public and private organizations.  

Certificate Course Requirements 

After completing WEST 1010- Introduction to Social Justice Studies: Leadership, Inclusion, and Engagement, students are required to complete an additional, 9 upper division credit hours of WEST courses. 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. 

Students should apply to the coordinator, indicating name, student ID number and major, and declare their intention to complete the certificate as soon as possible after completing WEST 1010. The coordinator will send an email to with the student’s name, student ID, and the name of the certificate.  

Completing Certificate 

To complete a Gender and Sexualities Studies certificate, students are required to submit a transcript and 4 to 5 pages, typewritten self-reflective statement that evaluates the knowledge gained in the area of specialization and implications for future scholarly and/or professional work. Please submit both to the coordinator.  

After student submits required materials and coordinator verifies student has met certificate requirements, coordinator submits student’s name, ID, and name of certificate to with a statement that student has successfully met requirements.  

A certificate confirming the student’s completion of the concentration will be mailed to recipients following an audit by the coordinator.  

Course Selection Guidelines 

  • WEST 1010 – Intro to Social Justice Studies: Leadership, Inclusion, & Engagement (required) 


  • SOC 2110 – Sex and Society 

  • SOC 2250 – Gender Images 

  • WEST 3090 – Peep Show: Sexuality in Popular Culture 

  • WEST 3130 – Gender, Race, and Sexuality or PHIL 3230 

  • WEST 3270 – Archeological Approaches to Gender and Sexuality or ANTH 3280  

  • WEST 4010 – Special Topics in Sociology, Bodies, Genders, Sexualities or SOC 4900 

  • WEST 4040 – Gender and Sexuality or SOC 4040 

  • WEST 4080 – Men and Masculinities or SOC 4080  

*Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate* 

Additional courses may be counted toward the certificate; however, these must be approved in advance by the certificate coordinator or WEST Program Director.  

See WEST web site for an updated list of approved courses: