University of Colorado Boulder

The Certificate in Western Civilization is intended for students who focus a portion of their university studies on the foundations of western thought and society. Its emphasis is coursework focusing on languages and cultures, science, the arts, philosophy, law and government in their ancient, medieval, and modern forms. Click here to learn more about the Foundations of Western Civ Certificate.

Western Civ classes are taught by faculty from all over the University but are often taught by visiting scholars at the Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy, including the Conservative Thought and Policy Scholar.

We presently offer two courses, the topic of which varies from semester to semester.

CWCV 2000 is our core course on the Western Tradition. It encourages a historical and critical investigation into the formative influences on what is often called Western culture, including religious, political, social and economic factors, and contemporary interpretations and critiques of these developments and concepts.

CWCV 4000 is our advanced course on the Foundations of Western Civilization. Topics vary widely from semester to semester.

Conservative Thought & Policy Courses The Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought & Policy teaches courses at CU-Boulder as part of the program. Click here to learn more about Conservative Thought & Policy Courses.

The Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy is now accepting applications from CU Boulder undergraduates for our new Undergraduate Fellows Program. Undergraduate Fellows will be offered special opportunities to engage with the Center, including intimate discussions with our visiting scholars, private receptions with prominent visitors, and advance notice about events and conferences. Our goal in creating the CWCTP Fellows program is to foster an environment of serious intellectual inquiry for all students who desire to learn more about the moral, economic, and political questions of our time. Click here to learn more about the CWCTP Undergraduate Fellows Program. 

The Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy funds research and educational initiatives that contribute to critical reflection on the development of Western civilization. Click here to learn more about available grants.