Gender and Sexualities Studies Undergraduate Certificate

Coordinator, Kimberly A. Holcomb, MA; COH 1025B; E-mail:; Tele: (719) 255-4117

Gender and Sexualities Studies seeks to understand sexuality as a social phenomenon, social construct, and identity. Following various threads of both the feminist as well as the LGBTQ rights movements, the burgeoning academic field of Gender and Sexualities Studies has witnessed the development of academic associations and journals, as well as courses and programs at universities across the nation and the globe. As an academic field, Gender and Sexualities Studies adheres to a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach that views sexualities and gender as social identities shaped by oppression and privilege.

A certificate in Gender and Sexualities Studies gives students the intellectual and methodological tools to enable them to play a leadership role in gender and sexuality research, policy, and practice at a broad range of public and private organizations.

*In order to complete a certificate in Gender and Sexualities Studies, students are required to submit a transcript and a 3-5 page, typewritten self-reflective statement evaluating her/his perceptions regarding the knowledge gained in the area of specialization and implications for future scholarly and professional work. Please submit the transcript and statement to the coordinator. A certificate confirming the student’s completion of the concentration will be mailed to recipients following an audit by the coordinator

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 WEST courses, 9 of which must be upper division. A minimum grade of 2.0 (C) is required for each course applied to the certificate Courses counted toward the Gender and Sexualities Studies Certificate may not also be counted toward the Latino/a Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Global Studies certificates

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

Course selection guidelines:

  • Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.
  • SOC 2110 - Sex and Society
  • WEST 1010 - Introduction to Social Justice Studies: Leadership, Inclusion, and Engagement
  • WEST 3090 - Peep Show: Sexuality in Popular Culture
  • WEST 3130 - Gender, Race, and Sexuality or
  • PHIL 3230 - Gender, Race, and Sexuality
  • WEST 3270 - Archaeological Approaches to Gender and Sexuality or
  • ANTH 3280 - Archaeological Approaches to Gender and Sexuality
  • SOC 4010 - Special Topics in Sociology - Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities or
  • WEST 4900 - Special Topics Upper Division - Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities
  • WEST 4040 - Gender and Sexuality or
  • SOC 4040 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
  • WEST 4080 - Men and Masculinities or
  • SOC 4080 - Men and Masculinities

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

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After the student has submitted the required materials and the coordinator has verified that the student has met the requirements for the certificate, the coordinator will submit the student’s name, ID and name of the certificate to with a statement that the student has successfully met the requirements for the certificate.