Registering for the certificate is easy!

The Certificate in Peace, Conflict, and Security is available to all enrolled CU undergraduate students. To receive the certificate, students must complete 18-credit hours of study. Students are required to take 4 PACS-specific courses (12 credits) and 2 outside electives (6 credits), typically completed as part of their major. The process is simple and takes about 5-minutes to complete. For more details, see the information below.

How do I register for the PACS Certificate?

  • The first step for interested students is to complete the PACS Certificate Registration Form.
    • This form asks students for some basic information and to develop a plan of study estimating when students might complete certificate-related courses.
  • Students can complete the form on their own or they can schedule an appointment with the PACS Associate Director, Dr. Michael English to complete the registration with him.
    • Completed forms should be emailed to pacs@colorado.edu
    • Dr. English will review your form and contact you directly to confirm your registration.
  • Throughout your studies, you can always check in with the Dr. English with any questions and/or changes you have to your plan of study.

What are the specific requirements?

  • For details on course requirements, please see our Requirements page.

How do I check my progress?

  • The PACS Certificate is part of the Degree Audit system.
    • Students and their advisors can use the Degree Audit to run a report for the PACS Certificate (which shows up under the code PCCS).
    • Click on the Degree Audit link above and follow the instructions.
      • Dr. English can also assist you with the process if you have any concerns or questions.
  • The Degree Audit will indicate which courses have been completed and which courses still require completion.
    • Transfer courses will likely not show up properly as counting toward the PACS Certificate in the system.
      • If this is the case, do not worry. If the course has been approved by Dr. English as part of your plan of study, it will count toward the certificate.
  • Please email Dr. English with any questions or concerns.

How do I complete the certificate?

  • As you approach graduation, you will want to make sure that you have all the necessary requirements completed. The best way to stay on top of this is by checking your progress by running a Degree Audit.
    • Students can run an audit by following the instructions on the Registrar's webpage.
    • You can also reach out to Dr. English if there is an issue or you have questions.
  • During your final semester, you should email Dr. English to confirm your progress and certificate completion.
    • After confirming you are on track to complete the certificate, Dr. English will send you a Program Exit Survey to complete.
    • Once you have completed this survey and he has confirmed that you have met the requirements, your name will be submitted to the Registrar's Office.
      • The Registrar will award you the PACS Certificate. It will show up on your official transcript and a paper certificate will be mailed to you after graduation.
  • Please ensure that you have updated your home address in the CU system prior to graduation.