Global Studies Undergraduate Certificate

Coordinator: Dr. Carole Woodall, COLU 2045, Email:, Ph: (719) 255-3768

The WEST program approaches the study of global social phenomena as a complex and dynamic product of multiple regional, ethnic, and institutional identities from a transnational perspective. It 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 under-represented populations.

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.

*In order to complete the certificate in Global 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 concentration 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 Global Studies Certificate may not also be counted toward the Latino/a Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Gender and Sexualities 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.
  • All courses must be offered through, or cross-listed with, the WEST program or be cross-listed with WEST.

Students may choose from the courses listed below:

  • WEST 3040 Women Around the World
  • WEST 3140 Women in Classical Antiquity
  • 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 3560 Women and Aging International: Diversity, Challenges, and Contributions
  • WEST 3580 Immigrant Histories
  • WEST 3680 Islam and the West
  • WEST 4050 From the Harem to the War Zone
  • WEST 4060 Middle Eastern Women in Film
  • WEST 4100 Native American Perspectives on Museums
  • WEST 4380 Globalization and Development
  • WEST 4410 Topics on Women in the Middle East
  • 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 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 Rhetorics of Truth and Reconciliation

*Additional courses (such as Globalization and Development) may be offered and counted toward the certificate. These courses must be approved in advance by the certificate coordinator or the WEST Program Director.

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

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.