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Native American and Indigenous Studies Added to WEST Roster

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The Department of Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST) at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) recently added three new certificate programs to its major and minor programs—Native American and Indigenous Studies, Latino/Latina Studies and Global Studies.

“Today, with the way things are with jobs, the more specialization and versatility you have, the more marketable you are in your job,” said Andrea Hererra, professor of literature and co-director of the WEST program, told the Scribe, the school’s student-run newspaper.

Students taking courses in the Native American and Indigenous Studies certificate will investigate Native issues with an eye to worldwide indigenous knowledge and emphasis on Indigenous Peoples in the United States, Canada and Pacific Islands.

Some courses include Native American Philosophical Thought, Native Communities and Indigenous Views on Sustainability.

WEST was established in 2008 and offers a major in Women’s and Ethnic Studies and two separate minors in Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies.

“When people ask us, ‘Why do anything with WEST?’ one thing we always emphasize is that there is no area in your life where you cannot afford to be culturally conversant or competent,” said Hererra. “All of our courses have both a domestic and international focus.”