Jeff Maslow

Lunch with Former Secretary of the Interior James Watt

"I cannot think of a better capstone to my undergraduate education at CU than my involvement with the certificate program at the Center of the American West. The Center presented me with countless opportunities. I met some of the most prominent figures of the West and engaged in my own independent exploration of Western issues. I now have a more profound appreciation for the West and the many ways in which it connects all of us."

~Jeff Maslow

BA Political Science and Certificate in Western American Studies, Spring 2007


Certificate Program

Western American Studies

Undergraduate Certificate Program

Our certificate program offers a unique regional studies curriculum for CU-Boulder undergraduate students with a passion for the American West. Our multi-disciplinary format allows an exploration of the region’s characteristic and evolving issues: from its flora and fauna to its history and literature, from the political, social, cultural, economic, and environmental concerns facing Westerners to the landscapes and ecosystems that they inhabit.

This 18 credit hour program includes an introductory course and a capstone course, and allows students to choose the remaining 4 classes from a variety of academic areas.

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For more information, contact Roni Ires.


phone: 303.735.1399