University of Colorado at Boulder




Graduate Certificate in Development Studies

The department offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in development studies.  Development Studies is a well-established, interdisciplinary field of research with institutional centers at a number of major universities and several scholarly journals dedicated to its study.  The certificate provides interdisciplinary training in development studies to graduate students through a structured yet flexible program built around courses taught by CU faculty in a number of social science departments.  Because development issues such as agrarian change, labor migration, new social movements, industrial growth, urban planning, and natural resource use cut across disciplinary divides, the study of development demands interdisciplinary approaches.

Admission Requirements

Currently enrolled graduate students at CU and non-degree seeking ACCESS students with bachelor's degrees may pursue the Development Studies certificate by satisfactorily completing the four required courses.  To satisfactorily complete each course, students must earn a grade of B or higher.

Procedure for Awarding Certificates

The certificate requires the completion of twelve credits, or four courses, at least two of which should be taken in the Department of Geography.  Students may not take more than three of the four required courses in Geography.  Upon completion of the four courses, students should contact the certificate director with a copy of their unofficial CU transcript, requesting the certificate.  The program director will check to ensure that the requirements have been met.   For more information, please contact the certificate director, Jennifer Fluri.

Faculty Steering Committee

Jennifer Bair (Sociology), Andy Baker (Political Science), Lorraine Bayard de Volo (Women and Gender Studies), Joe Bryan (Geography), Jennifer Fluri (Geography),  Mara Goldman (Geography), Terry McCabe (Anthropology), Tim Oakes (Geography), Emily Yeh (Geography)

Affiliated Faculty

Fernando Riosmena (Geography), Elisabeth Root (Geography), Donna Goldstein (Anthropology), Kaifa Roland (Anthropology), Carla Jones (Anthropology), Jennifer Shannon (Anthropology), Max Boykoff (ENVS), Ben Hale (ENVS, Philosophy), Lori Hunter (Sociology), Liam Downey (Sociology), Sanyu Mojola (Sociology), Christina Sue (Sociology), Sam Fitch (Political Science), Krister Andresson (Political Science/ENVS), DAvid Brown (Political Science), Carew Boulding (Political Science), Robert Buffington (Women and Gender Studies), Lee Alston (Economics/ENVS), David Silver (Civil Engineering), Revi Sterling (ATLAS)

REQUIRED COURSES (pdf document)
(1) All students must take the core Geography class in development:
GEOG 4632/5632 - Development Geography
(2) All students must take one additional Geography seminar from among the following:
GEOG 5782 - Sustainable Development: Critique
GEOG 6402 - Comparative Environments
GEOG 4842/5842 - Global Health
GEOG 4852/5852 - Medical Geography
GEOG 4732/5732 - Population Geography
GEOG 4292/5292 - Migration, Immigrant Adaptation and Development
(3) & (4) In addition, students should complete 2 additional seminars from the following list, at least one of which should be outside of Geography.
GEOG 6402 - Comparative Environmental Studies
GEOG 5100 - with approval from the certificate program director
HIST 6019 - Readings – World History
HIST 5628 - Modern China
HIST 5129 – Modern Asian History
ANTH 7000 – Current Research Topics in Cultural Anthropology
            Section 2 Human Ecology
            Section 3 Culture and Fertility
            Section 5 National and Cultural Citizenship
            Section 9 Ethnographies of Globalization
            Section 10 Bodies/Medicine/Illness
            Section 12 Modernity
            Section 13 Anthropology of neoliberalism
ANTH 5780 - Core Course in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 5785 - Advanced Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 5600 – Human ecology: cultural aspects
ANTH 5020 - Explorations in Anthropology: Conservation and indigenous peoples
ANTH 4500/5500 - Cross-Cultural Aspects of Socioeconomic Development
JOUR 6211 - Communication and International Development
SOCY 6016 – Topics in sex and gender: Gender in Globalization
SOCY 6007 – Foundations of Environmental Sociology
SOCY 6017 – Inequality, Democracy and Environment 
SOCY 7017 – Population & Environment
SOCY 6012 – Population issues, problems, policies
ECON 8784 - Economic development*
ECON 8774 - Economic development : Seminar in Transition Economies*
PSCI 7132 - Comparative Political Economy
PSCI 7073 - Global Political Economy
PSCI 7036/ENVS 5730 - Introduction to the Policy Sciences: The Decision Process
PSCI 7032 - Seminar in Latin American Politics
PSCI 7026/ENVS 5720 – The problem orientation
PSCI 7022 - Seminar in Political and Economic Development
PSCI 7016/ENVS 5710 – Introduction to policy sciences
WMST 5010-3 - Feminist Methodology
WMST 5090-3 - Feminist Theories
WMST 5290 - Topics in women and gender studies
            Sections:          Gender –Global Perspective
Global Gender Issues
Gender and Global human rights
 * Prerequisites apply; course available only with instructor permission

Graduate Certificate in Hydrological Sciences

The Graduate Certificate offers a coherent curriculum in Hydrologic Sciences that can complement and supplement a student's regular degree program. The Graduate Certificate allows students to obtain recognition for their accomplishments in hydrologic sciences and demonstrates the quantitative multi-disciplinary education desired by many prospective employers. After admission into the Hydrologic Sciences Program, one of the co-Directors and the student's advisor will approve a student's planned curriculum as meeting the requirements for the certificate. After completion of the approved curriculum, the student will request a Graduate Certificate and one of the co-directors will generate a letter to the appropriate department head and Dean. The certificate will be awarded only upon completion of a graduate degree.

For more information, see the Hydrological Sciences webpage


Certificate in College Teaching and Professional Development Certificates Obtained Through the Graduate Teacher Program

The Geography Department also provides assistance through a Graduate Teacher Program department Lead to work towards and/or acquire several certificates in teaching and professional development, as well as year-round teaching, research, and career advice and a variety of workshops and conferences.  

The Graduate Teacher Program encourages graduate students to take their current teaching, research and service responsibilities seriously, to view such experience and training as preparation for either academic or nonacademic careers, and to gather evidence of their professional development that can be documented in a teaching or professional portfolio for use in their job search. To this end, the program offers activities that encourage participants to:

  • Interact with a community of scholars made up of faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, and staff from many departments on campus
  • Learn to work with diverse populations in diverse post-secondary and other work environments
  • Model and foster integrity and fairness
  • Expand advising, counseling, mentoring, and management skills
  • Approach teaching, research, service, and professional development from an evidence-based perspective
  • Explore and learn to use effective learning technology

For more information, please visit the GTP website or contact your current GTP Lead


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Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices (New in 2015)

The goal of the 12 credit hour Graduate Certificate in IDMP is to meaningfully integrate documentary practices within the student's research and creative process. For more information, please visit the College of Media, Communication and Information's Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices web page.