This certificate offers students a background in philosophical foundations of critical theory. Drawing on disciplines such as philosophy, psychoanalysis, Marxism, literary criticism and sociology, critical theory develops analytical tools for describing and evaluating modern society and cultural production.
Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate disciplinary degree or a professional degree program are encouraged to apply for the graduate certificate in critical theory early in their graduate career.
To complete the certificate program, a student must complete the Certificate Completion Worksheet and submit it to the Graduate Program Assistant, Karen Hawley, McKenna 129, email@example.com. The worksheet should be submitted the semester the student competes the certificate requirements. It can also be submitted any semester thereafter, but no later than the end of the semester in which the student will graduate. The director will review and approve the worksheet. The certificate will not be posted to a transcript until student graduates and degree has been awarded.
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Required Courses and Credits
A total of 12 credit hours are required for completion of the certificate. Of those, 6 credits are earned through a two-course core sequence designed to provide the intellectual history and philosophical foundations for contemporary research directions in critical theory. Students must also take two electives in theory. These courses may be from the list below, and students can also request that the director approve other theory courses.
Students must obtain a grade of B or above in each course taken toward the certificate.
|Students are required to take the following 2 core graduate courses. Although they may be taken in any order, we encourage students to take them in order when possible. Neither of these courses may be taken as an independent study.|
|GRMN 5030||Foundations of Critical Theory||3|
|GRMN 5051||Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School||3|
|Select two additional elective courses in theory from the list below. Students may also submit a request to the director to recognize courses not listed by submitting a copy of the current syllabus. (Except under extraordinary circumstance, independent study courses do not count toward the graduate certificate.)||6|
|Advanced Seminar in Cultural Anthropology|
|Seminar: Contemporary Theory in Cultural Anthropology|
|Seminar: Ethnography and Cultural Theory|
|Topics in Film Theory|
|Colloquium in Film Aesthetics|
|Seminar: Theories of Art History|
|Communication Research and Theory|
|Social and Cultural Theory|
|Survey of Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory|
|Advanced Special Topics|
|Literary Theory, Part I|
|Special Topics: Geography|
|Seminar: Cultural Geography|
|Readings in Cultural History and Theory|
|Readings in European Intellectual History|
|Seminar: U.S. Intellectual History|
|Language and Gender in Cultural Perspective|
|Critical Theories of Media and Culture|
|Proseminar in Media Communication Theory 1|
|Proseminar in Media and Communication Theory 2|
|Contemporary Moral Theory|
|Contemporary Political Philosophy|
|Seminar in Environmental Philosophy|
|Philosophy of Mind|
|Philosophy of Language|
|Seminar: Political Theory|
|Graduate Seminar in Sociological Theory|
|Seminar: Critical Approaches to Iberian & Latin American Literatures and Cultures|
|Introduction to Performance Studies|
|Total Credit Hours||12|