Western Wyoming Community College

2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, WY 82902-0428

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The Western American Studies Certificate program at Western Wyoming Community College offers students a unique perspective of the history, culture, and future of western America. Using various educational and cultural experiences, students will study authors, themes, and cinematic/literary genres that are important to the study of that region. Students will experience analytical and expository writing that is research-based. This program is designed for a variety of students, including those seeking higher education related to that area, those in outreach programs, and those who wish to study that specific area for personal or professional development. This degree may be completed online, meaning students should be able to fit courses into their busy schedules.

The program requires the completion of five courses, which are offered from a list of six. Courses include topics on the literature of Western America, Native Americans, and Wyoming, as well as other relevant literature areas. Students will also study film within the Western American realm and may learn how to appreciate the role film has in portraying and shaping culture. Students also have the option of completing four of the above courses plus one approved elective course, which can be selected from following departments: anthropology, biology, geology, and history. 

Certificates focus on one specific area of study, meaning they typically require less credit hours to complete than other advanced courses. They are designed to enhance certain core job skills for a variety of industries in a year or less for full time students. Though certificates are not meant to be transfer programs, students have sometimes transferred to other specialized schools or programs upon completion of this course. With more education and training, students may advance their hiring and earning potential as well as their ability to advance in their field.

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      100% Online
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    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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