Undergraduate Certificate in Global Gender & Sexuality Studies

map graphicThe ever-increasing movement of people, commodities, politics and culture—“globalization”—impacts all of us in different ways. The Undergraduate Certificate in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies provides students with an opportunity to study how individuals and groups from diverse gender, racial, ethnic, national, class and sexual backgrounds live in and engage with the world and how processes of global change affect gender relations locally, nationally and internationally.  The certificate is designed for students who wish to understand, analyze and respond to these dramatic global transformations and their impact on women and gender relations, complementing students’ majors and interests and preparing them for graduate studies and employment.

Purpose:

This interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate program is designed to take advantage of the research strengths of our core and associate faculty and to enhance the experience of undergraduate students in any major, including international affairs, political science, history, ethnic studies, geography, English, anthropology, sociology, integrative physiology, environmental studies and many others. Career specialization in international gender and sexuality has grown in both the private and public sectors, in fields including international development, finance, public health, public policy and education.

Requirements:

  • Fill out and return the Global Gender & Sexuality Studies Certificate Application
  • 18 credit hours of specified course work within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 12 credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level.
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken on campus or with a CU-sponsored Study Abroad program.
  • No more than 6 semester transfer credit hours from other institutions will count towards the certificate.
  • Lower-division requirement: (3 Credit Hours)
    Gender, Race, and Class in a Global Context (WMST 2600)

    Upper-division requirements: (6 Credit Hours from the following courses)
    Global Gender Issues (WMST 3500)
    Gender, Sexuality and Global Health (WMST 3510)
    Women and Politics in Latin America (WMST 3650)
    Topics in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies (WMST 3710)
    Feminist Fictions (WMST 3767)
    Gender, Genocide, & Mass Trauma (WMST 4010/SOCY 4000)
    Sex, Power, Politics: International Perspectives (WMST 4300)
    Gender Politics and Global Activism (WMST 4500)
    Global History of Sexuality (WMST 4620)

    When the topic deals centrally with issues of gender and/or sexuality in a global context, Advanced Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies (WMST 4000)** may count towards the upper division requirement with the permission of the WGST Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students must get the director’s approval beforehand or credit toward the certificate is not guaranteed.

    Electives: (9 credit hours from the courses listed below)
    Lower-division electives:
    Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture (WMST 2050)
    Exploring Culture and Gender through Film (ANTH 1170)
    Language and Gender (LING 2400)

    Upper-division electives: (students may draw from the upper-division requirements listed above as well as the following courses)
    Women and Development (WMST 3012)
    Women, Gender, & Sexuality in Jewish Texts & Traditions (JWST/HEBR 3202)
    Women in Nordic Society: Modern States of Welfare (SCAN/WMST 3208)
    American Indian Women (ETHN 3213/WMST 3210)
    Women in Islam (WMST 3220)
    Immigrant Women in the Global Economy (WMST 3670)
    Gender and the Global Economy (WMST 3672)
    3rd World Women & Politics of International Development (WMST 3730)
    Screening Race, Class, & Gender in the U.S. & Global Borderland (ETHN/FILM 4001)
    Gender, Race, and Immigration in Germany & Europe (WMST 4301)
    Globalization and Transnational Culture (ANTH 4505)
    Women in Asian History (HIST/WMST 4619)
    Women, Gender, and War (HIST/WMST 4640)

    Appropriate topics courses offered by other departments and programs—those that deal centrally with issues of gender and/or sexuality in global context—may count for upper division elective credit with the permission of the WGST Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students must get the director’s approval beforehand or credit toward the certificate is not guaranteed.

    Study Abroad and CU Global Seminars:

    Appropriate study abroad courses and CU Global Seminars that deal centrally with issues of gender and/or sexuality in global context may count for lower or upper division elective credit with the permission of the WGST Director of Undergraduate Studies. Only CU sponsored study abroad program and Global Seminars will count as CU credit. Appropriate study abroad courses taken through other accredited study abroad programs may count for elective transfer credit with the permission of the WGST Director of Undergraduate Studies. In all of these cases, students must get the director’s approval beforehand or credit toward the certificate is not guaranteed.
    Pre-approved CU Global Seminars include:

    Gender, Race, and Tourism in Contemporary Cuba (6 credits)

    Gender, Race, and Political Economy in Contemporary Cuba (6 credits)

    Justice, Human Rights, and Democracy in Israel (3 of 6 credits pre-approved)

     

    Contact:

    Women and Gender Studies
    Hazel Gates Woodruff Cottage
    (View Campus Map Location)
    Telephone: 303-492-8923
    Fax: 303-492-2549
    E-mail: wgst@colorado.edu