Animals & Society Certificate


The Animals and Society certificate builds on a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field devoted to the critical examination and evaluation of the relationships between humans and nonhuman animals, whether historical or contemporary, factual, fictional, or symbolic, beneficial or detrimental. The program requirements emphasize scholarship from the social sciences and humanities, but include elective options in the natural sciences. The interdisciplinary approach helps students explore the complexities of animals’ lives, human-animal relationships, ethical and moral concerns about animals, representations of animals and humans, and the significance of animals in human evolution, history, and civilization.

This certificate has an especially practical use for students in the social sciences and humanities who would like to pursue careers or interests related to wild or domesticated animals, but do not wish to become biologists, zoologists, or veterinarians.

For a list of requirements and courses (including FREN 4700 (3) Encountering Animals) visit the Certificate Program in Animals & Society website

Global Engineering Minor

Guidelines for Students

To enroll in the Global Engineering Minor, a student must be admitted to the College of Engineering & Applied Science and have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.  The minor requires a minimum completion of 6 courses for 18 credit hours, along with an approved global experience.

  • HUEN 2843  "Special Topics: A Global State of Mind"
  • Foreign Language Course (one course at fourth-semester level or higher, depending on student's preparation). International students from non-English-speaking countries instead take a U.S. context course from an approved list. 
  • Global Perspective Courses (two courses, including at least one upper-division course)
  • Regional/Local Perspective Course (one course, with focus on region to match language)
  • Technical Elective (upper-division course focused on a topic relevant to global engineering)
  • Global Experience (a CU approved study, research or internship abroad, or equivalent experience)

Engineers of the 21st century will be working in a globalized industry. The global engineering minor will help them prepare for that challenge in three ways:

  • it will reveal the profession’s global impact on economics, society and the environment;
  • it will make students more sensitive to and aware of other cultures; and
  • it will help students understand the overlapping and sometimes contradictory activities of local, national, international and transnational agencies.

Graduates with this minor will be capable of negotiating complex, uncertain, and ambiguous circumstances, whether at home or abroad. Course work for the minor includes a specially designed cornerstone experience called A Global State of Mind, and students must also study a foreign language of their choice.

NOTE: International students pursuing the global engineering minor are exempted from the foreign language requirement if they are from a non-English-speaking country. Instead, they must take a U.S. context course from an approved list. International students are likewise exempt from the requirement to go abroad, although they are welcomed and encouraged to pursue overseas opportunities through CU. 

Additional course work includes global perspective courses, a regional perspective course related to the student's chosen foreign language, and a globally-oriented technical elective. Most of these courses fit seamlessly into existing humanities and social science (H&SS) and technical elective credit requirements so that students do not have to add significant additional course work to their major. Finally, students pursuing the minor must study, intern or volunteer abroad through an approved program.

For more information, visit the Global Engineering Minor webpage.