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The Women’s College of the University of Denver to offer new certificate programs

Friday, August 7, 2009

New options include programs in Entrepreneurial Studies, Philanthropic Studies and Community Based Research

DENVER— The Women’s College of the University of Denver (TWC), the only all-women’s college in the Rocky Mountain region, will offer new certificate programs in Entrepreneurial Studies and Philanthropic Studies beginning in September.  A new certificate program in Community-Based Research will begin in January 2010.

Certificate programs allow students to enhance current skills. Students may earn credits toward completion of a certificate, and/or transfer certificate credits into a bachelor’s degree program.

These new certificates allow students to combine areas of study in their major, with a specialty, says Margo Espenlaub, TWC acting associate dean of academics.  “Combining a major area of study with a certificate program allows students to explore new areas of interest and prepares them for leadership roles in private and not for profit sectors.”

Entrepreneurial Studies

Students in the Entrepreneurial Studies certificate program will develop the knowledge or skills necessary for starting a new business or growing an existing business through coursework in marketing, financial reporting, financial decision making, business law, public speaking, and global social entrepreneurship.  Over the course of the program, each student will develop and present a comprehensive business plan. Courses in the program are developed and taught in collaboration with faculty from the Daniels College of Business and TWC community faculty who bring expertise to the program.

Philanthropic Studies

The certificate in Philanthropic Studies—the first in the Rocky Mountain Region—is designed for women who are already employed or seeking to work in the non-profit sector.  Students will learn how to manage human and financial resources of a foundation, non-profit organization or board, and develop and implement mission-driven strategies and fundraising tools while learning how to better organize and lead organizations and agencies.

Community-Based Research

Beginning in January, students in the Community-Based Research certificate program—the first undergraduate program of its kind in the country— will have the opportunity to develop and fine-tune their academic skills, and prepare for graduate studies while working collaboratively with faculty and community partners in resolving real, local problems. Students will learn how to conduct applied-research to affect societal change.

The 18-credit program culminates in a project where students will work with an organization on a community issue under the guidance of a faculty member. The new programs were implemented as part of TWC’s strategic plan to provide new, innovative educational opportunities, according to Espenlaub.


The Women’s College of the University of Denver provides women the opportunity to earn bachelor degrees by taking classes on weekends, evenings, and blended-online.

The Women’s College offers four baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration, Communications, Information Technology Studies and Law and Society.  Certificates are also offered in Gender & Women’s Studies, Writing, Leadership Studies, Conflict Management Studies and Information Technology Studies.

Fall quarter classes at The Women’s College start Sept. 18. The college is still accepting applications. For more information about The Women’s College, to attend the open house, or to set up a private appointment with an admissions counselor, visit or call 303-871-6848.

Contact:  Nancy Hemming
Phone: (303) 871-6221

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