Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

A 12 unit Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate includes four courses.  Completion of this study will build a foundation for field practitioners and the certificate will establish a baseline of expected knowledge among professionals. 

Required courses:
WJST-345Human Trafficking3
WJST-440Ethics & Human Trafficking3
Chose two of the following courses:6
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Human Trafficking Survivor Care
Labor Trafficking
Total Units12

The courses listed below are offered as part of the Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate and academic minor in Women's Studies. Courses are taught in both The College and Professional Studies and Non-Traditional Education programs.


Women and Justice

WJST-110  Introduction to Women and Justice  2 Credits  

An introductory course to the study of women and contemporary gender issues in society. This course will focus on such issues as the necessity for the study of women, gender as a cultural construct, theological interpretations of gender, and gender as perceived in history and literature. This course is part of the core requirement for a minor in Women & Justice Minor.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

WJST-212  Ensure Justice Conference Studies  1 Credit  

Students are required to attend one conference sponsored by the Global Center for Women and Justice. A faculty member in the discipline covered by the conference theme will determine course work. May be repeated for credit.

WJST-345  Human Trafficking  3 Credits  

This course addresses trafficking based on the U.S. State Department model of Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution. Explores how trafficking happens, why it happens, and what can be done about it. For students interested in combatting human trafficking, this course offers a better understanding of professional career choices, as well as volunteer opportunities. The course includes guest speakers with in-depth knowledge and experience in the field from law enforcement and victim services. Counts as elective toward Women & Justice Minor.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

WJST-410  Research in Women's Studies  3 Credits  

This course is designed to assist the student in integrating the multi-faceted aspects of women's issues into a final paper. Working in cooperation with the professor, the student will design and methodically research and write a major paper that reflects an advanced understanding of women in the context of the chosen subject area. Papers from this class will be presented in a public colloquium toward the end of the semester and submitted for publication.

Prerequisite: WJST-110, WJST-212

WJST-420  Country Study Abroad: [Topical Area]  3 Credits  

Country study abroad opportunities provide intensive examinations of human trafficking in specific countries. The course requires a brief survey of the region with a focus on contemporary human trafficking and slavery as well as a review of relevant causes of exploitation specific to nations. Course work will be completed online and with in-country practicum designed to reinforce learning objectives. This course may be repeated for credit in new contexts. Additional fees will be required.

WJST-430  Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children  3 Credits  

This course is an introduction to the study of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. The course will be organized around Prevention, Early Intervention, and Recovery. Theories of child development, prevention, violence, trauma, stages of change and resiliency will be useful to individuals who plan careers in areas such as elementary and secondary education, social services, child welfare, and juvenile justice. A primary focus of this course will be to identify strategies for early intervention with at risk and vulnerable youth.

WJST-432  Sex Trafficking  3 Credits  

The issues around sex trafficking will be explroed. Both domestic and international sex trafficking will be discussed. Topics examined will include understanding sex trafficking and its dynamics, prevention strategies, protection of victims, investigation and prosecuriton of cases using laws and policies regarding sex trafficking. STudents will explore how vulnerable and at-risk poulations of sex trafficking can be identified through various societal and cultural indicators.

WJST-434  Human Trafficking and Demand  3 Credits  

The issues around the demand for human trafficking will be explored. Both domestic and international demand dynamics will be discussed. Topics examined will include understanding types of deman related to various kinds of human trafficking, how demand impacts the extent of human trafficking, prevention strategies, protection of victims, investigation and prosecution of cases and policies regarding those who demand various kinds of human trafficking. STudent will determine how to describe the cultural and societal factors contributing to demand, and how they can work towards eliminating deman for the services and products resulting from human trafficking.

WJST-435  Human Trafficking Survivor Care  3 Credits  

Human Trafficking Suvivor Care (formerly known as Aftercare) is designed to help students examine the complex causes and holistic effects of human trafficking. In light of best practices, this course seeks to equip students with the knowledge needed to understand the holistic needs of human trafficking survivors as they begin their aftercare and restoration process. It will consider physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs in relation to culture, society, and trauma. This course will help students engage in best practices and tools used by leading practitioners in order to best serve and walk alongside human trafficking survivors as they move from crisis to self-sufficiency to thriving.

Prerequisite: WJST-345 or consent of instructor

WJST-437  Human Trafficking and Collaborations  3 Credits  

The issues around human trafficking partnerships will be explored. Both domestic and international collaborations challenges will be discussed. Topics examined will include understanding collaborations, how they can impact human trafficking efforts, prevention strategies, protection of victims, investigation and prosecurtion of cases and policies regarding labor trafficking. STudent will investigate different types of collaborative strategies and how to build effective partnerhsips to enhance anti-trafficking efforts.

Prerequisite: WJST-345

WJST-439  Human Trafficking Prevention  3 Credits  

The issues around human trafficking prevention will be explored. Both domestic and international prevention strategies will be discussed. Topics examined will include understanding partnerships impacting prevention efforts, protection of victims, investigations and prosecutions of cases and policies regarding human trafficking. Student will explore different types of prevention challenges and models and determine which prevention activities and proceesses may enhance anti-trafficking efforts in their locations and areas of expertise.

WJST-440  Ethics & Human Trafficking  3 Credits  

This course will investigate ethical decision-making using the victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to human trafficking as a context. The course will explore how efforts to protect victims, prevent victimization, investigate and prosecute human traffickers and collaborate in multi-disciplinary task forces can be enhanced by recognizing significant ethical dilemmas occurring in the justice and victim services systems and addressing them directly, consistently and pragmatically. Students will learn how to identify ethical dilemmas and be provided with and apply ethical decision-making models in the context of biblical ethics and Christian virtues perspectives. Students will improve their ability to initially meet victims, perpetrators, colleagues and impacted agencies from their unique value systems, motivations and patterns of thinking and behaving.

Prerequisite: WJST-345 or consent of instructor

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

WJST-442  Faith-Based Reponse to Human Trafficking  3 Credits  

The issues around faith-based organizational (FBOs) responses to human trafficking will be explored. FBOs roles in anti-trafficking collaborations will be discussed, how they can contribute to prevention, protection of victims and human trafficking investigations and prosecutions. Strategies and policies for FBOs effective anti-trafficking work will be reviewed and suggestions for ongoing partnerships and activities that can positively impact anti-trafficking efforts.

Prerequisite: WJST-345

WJST-445  Labor Trafficking  3 Credits  

The issues around labor trafficking will be explored. Both domestic an international labor trafficking will be discussed. Topics examined will include the extent of the problem and its relation to other forms of human trafficking, prevention strategies, protection of victims, investigation and prosecution of cases, policies regarding labor trafficking, and partnerhips and collaborations impacting labor trafficking locally and globally.

Prerequisite: WJST-345 or consent of instructor

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

WJST-447  Human Trafficking/Smuggling of Migrants  3 Credits  

The issues around human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants will be explored and discussed. Risk factors and circumstances leading to populations being vulnerable to being exploited while attempting to migrate to other countries and internally displaced will be explored. The course will review how the smuggling of migrants can lead to human trafficking and propose alternate strategies for identifying smuggled migrants and preventing them from being exploited in human trafficking and other transnational crime.

Prerequisite: WJST-345

WJST-449  Human Trafficking Grant Management  3 Credits  

The issues around human trafficking grant writing and management will be addressed. Federal, State and Foundation grant opportunities will be discussed. Topics explored will include finding grant opportuntiites, how to effectively write grants that address the topics solicited, submission of grants, and how to manage grants received for anti-trafficking efforts. Students will determine different types of collaborative strategies to enhance grant submissions and how to build effective partnerships to enhance grant writing and management efforts.

WJST-450  Global Center for Women and Justice Internship  1-3 Credits  

Students select an internship from the repertoire of projects the Global Center for Women and Justice is currently working on. Students may alternatively choose an externship with one of GCWJ's partner organizations. Students earn one course of credit for every 30 hours of interning. Course credit also requires short readings and reflection papers. Course may be repeated once. Students need to be on the WJST Minor track.

WJST-452  Women's Studies Teaching Internship  1-3 Credits  

Regular hours each week for classes and/or meetings are established at the beginning of the semester. The intern will assist the instructor in course-related activities. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 units. Open to juniors or seniors with a GPA or 3.0 or above with the permission of the instructor.

WJST-455  Research Assistantship  1-3 Credits  

The undergraduate research assistantship engages students in original research projects of the faculty or student's own design. Its aim is to apply those skills learned in prior research design and methodology coursework and/or expand on these as appropriate to the student's skill set. The student assistant will be assigned to work on various steps of the research process from the formulation of the problem through the analysis of the data and preparation of the research report in written and/or oral formats. A research agenda will be developed with each student, which then becomes the guide for the class. Students will meet with instructor weekly to discuss findings and progress. May be repeated for credit up to 6 units.

WJST-470  Special Topic:  3 Credits  

This course concentrates on a particular issue relevant to Women's Studies students such as gender theory, gender pedagogy, women's health, women and patriarchy, women in business, or motherhood. May be repeated for credit as new course topics are developed.