The Certificate in Art and Social Change allows students to engage with some of the most urgent issues in our societies, as they relate to justice, equality and diversity. Artists and activists play an increasingly important role in advancing justice and promoting social change at the local, national and global levels.

The interdisciplinary approach of this certificate enables students to examine the role of different forms of artistic productions as a catalyst for social change. By intersecting disciplinary and geographic boundaries, courses in this certificate explore topics such as cinema and visual cultures, media activism, theater and environmental justice, creative design, migration and religious diversity, gender and community engagement. The certificate emphasizes a pedagogical and scholarly approach rooted in critical thinking, anti-oppression practices, and community building. Thanks to its interdisciplinary nature this certificate is suitable for students in different social sciences, humanities and business fields across colleges.


Students are required to complete a total of 18 credit hours. Nine credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level (3000- or 4000-level courses). A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken on campus or with a CU-sponsored Study Abroad program. No more than 9 credits should be taken from any one department. No more than 3 semester transfer credit hours from other institutions will count towards the certificate.

The certificate is open to all degree-seeking undergraduate students at CU Boulder.

Students are required to take the introductory course ITAL 1350/FREN 1350 Introduction to Social Change in the Arts. Students will choose three courses from Category A "Arts, Media and Social Change" and two courses from the list of Electives.

Required Introductory Course
FREN/ITAL 1350Introduction to Social Change in the Arts3
Category A: Arts, Media and Social Change
Choose at least three:9
Special Topics (Art and Social Change)
Media Production Topics (Engaged Documentary Media Practices)
Performance and Community Engagement
Culture, Performance and Development in Dakar, Senegal
Italian Literature Special Topics (Documentary for Social Change in the Mediterranean)
Digital Culture and Politics
Designing Alternative Media Platforms
Special Topics (Visual Culture / Human Rights, Media Activism/Public Engagement)
Creative Climate Communication
Facilitating Peaceful Community Change
Topics in Writing (New Media and Civic Engagement)
Two additional courses from Category A above or any of the following:6
The Caribbean in Post-Colonial Perspective
Africa: Peoples and Societies in Change
Exploring Culture and Media in Southeast Asia
Special Topics in Art History (Public Art)
Special Topics in Studio Arts (Art & Race/Ethnicity)
American Indians in Film
Screening Race, Class & Gender in the U.S. and the Global Borderland
Hip-Hop Dance History
Chicana and Chicano Fine Arts and Humanities
African Am Music: Fr Spirituals and the Blues to Rap/Hip Hop Soul
Spoken Word Latinx Poetics and Poetry
Indigenous Futurisms: Speculative Genres and Native Tomorrows
The Harlem Renaissance: Fr Black Wmn's Club Mvmnt to Hip Hop
Decolonization of the British Empire
That's Amore: Introduction to Italian Culture
Multiculturalism in Italy
Women of Color and Activism
Topics in Writing (The Documentary)
Total Credit Hours18