John Alberti, Ph.D., Department Chair
Kelly Moffett, Graduate Program Director
The Cultural Studies and Discourses Certificate is a non-degree, interdisciplinary, graduate certificate program composed of 18 credit hours, including a course that provides an overview of the field, specialized courses designed to explore both theoretical and practical applications, and coverage of both domestic American and global perspectives. The Cultural Studies and Discourses Certificate is appropriate for candidates who wish to gain knowledge of how language works in society and those who wish to show a concentration in this field within the MA in English or the MA in Communication.
The program is housed in the Department of English, and its development is overseen by an advisory committee co-chaired by the graduate program directors in the Departments of Communication and English.
Note: Whereas this certificate will prepare students to understand a variety of cultures (including their own) through multiple lenses, it should not be confused with a program that provides foreign language instruction, nor is it a program where students will learn to do translational work. For more information about those types of programs, please explore course and program offerings in the Department of World Languages and Literatures.
Applications to the Cultural Studies and Discourses Certificate require the following:
- an application for graduate admission to Northern Kentucky University
- official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work.
- a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- a grade of B or higher on all graduate work that may apply to the certificate.
♦ Indicates prerequisite.