Center of the American West
Macky Auditorium, room 229
282 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
T: 303-492-4879

Programs Offered


The Center of the American West offers an 18-credit undergraduate certificate program in Western American studies for students who have an intellectual commitment to any of a broad range of issues and aspects of the American West, including history and literature, culture and society and economic and environmental challenges facing western communities. Courses involve students in an exploration of the past, an appreciation for traditional and contemporary stories and art in the region and an understanding of western landscapes, ecosystems and the factors that affect them. For more information, visit the department's undergraduate certificate program webpage.

Course code for this program is CAMW.


CAMW 2001 (3) The American West

Students tour the cultural, social, and natural features of the American West, based on readings and presentations by guest speakers from the CU faculty and from important professions and positions in the West. Designed as the foundation course in the Western American Studies certificate program.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 0-56 credits (Freshmen or Sophomores).
Additional Information: GT Pathways: GT-HI1 - History
Arts Sci Core Curr: United States Context
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Arts Humanities

CAMW 3939 (1-3) Center of the American West Internship

Work for public and private organizations on projects that enhance the understanding of various Western American topics and issues (environmental, cultural, public policy, etc.), and which foster students' development as community leaders working for a sustainable West.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Recommended: Prerequisite CAMW 2001.

CAMW 4840 (1-4) Independent Study: The American West

Independent Study for Western American Studies certificate program

Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of CAMW 2001 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior).