Department: Dean’s Office
The Comparative Literary Studies Graduate Certificate offers a comprehensive graduate program of comparative study and research. Linked to the Department of English but not limited to it, the students take core courses in research, bibliography, approaches to critical theory, and develop a comparative study, part of which is often grounded in literature or rhetoric. The Certificate culminates with an individualized comparative course (Directed Study) that allows students to engage in the practice of comparative research and results in a research paper, possibly publishable, on an aspect of the focus area(s) of inquiry.
Through a thematic or conceptual cluster of five graduate‐level courses in two disciplines, students can explore how different national literatures are interconnected, and/or how different literatures relate contextually and culturally to other disciplines, such as art, music, history, psychology, philosophy, politics, among others. This Certificate, owing to the personalized design of each student’s program, appeals to students of diverse backgrounds and interests and their desire to connect literary and aesthetic study to history, foreign languages, philosophy, religion, politics, and cultural studies.By completing this certificate, students will have an excellent formation in comparative or interdisciplinary studies. Graduates may decide to further their studies in comparative studies, literature, or their other discipline(s) of focus. This Certificate enhances teaching and research credentials, as well as possibilities for employment in the arts, publishing, broadcasting, journalism, and government.
Curriculum Requirements (15 Credit Hours)
Students will develop an individualized curriculum plan in conjunction with the Graduate Certificate Program Coordinator and the Graduate Director. Normally, course selection will involve two or three courses in the English Department, but
Graduate Certificate Time Limit
Five (5) Years.
Graduate Certificate Completion
For procedures to confirm completion of the Graduate Certificate, please refer to the website.