Cultural Studies, Certificate

Program Description

The cultural studies certificate program challenges students to investigate culture and individual experiences, social relations and power structures, and discover approaches to the challenges of today’s world.  Students with cultural studies training prepare for graduate study and for work in business, government agencies, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, and any other organization seeking to better serve its community members.

Upon completion of this certificate students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts of Black Studies, Mexican-American Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the social and cultural concepts of “race,” "ethnicity," and "gender" and analyze the factors that have contributed to shaping aping of these social constructs.
  • Demonstrate the importance of a cultural studies concepts to contemporary or historical issues and settings.

Program Requirements

The Cultural Studies Certificate Program requires 16 hours of coursework:

Required Courses
MXAS 1305Introduction to Mexican American Studies3
BLKS 2300Introduction to Black Studies3
WGST 3301Introduction to Women and Gender Studies3
Two more courses from approved list of courses in BLKS, LMAS, MXAS, and WGST minors6
UNIV 3490Topics in University Studies (Archival Research Project)1
Total Hours16

Course Sequencing:

Students completing the program in one year:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
MXAS 1305 Introduction to Mexican American Studies 3
BLKS 2300 Introduction to Black Studies 3
One approved elective from BLKS, MXAS, or WGST 3
 Hours9
Spring
WGST 3301 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies 3
One approved elective from BLKS, MXAS, or WGST 3
UNIV 3490 Topics in University Studies 1
 Hours7
 Total Hours16

Students completing the program in two years:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
MXAS 1305 Introduction to Mexican American Studies 3
BLKS 2300 Introduction to Black Studies 3
 Hours6
Spring
WGST 3301 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies 3
 Hours3
Second Year
Fall
One approved elective from BLKS, MXAS, or WGST 3
 Hours3
Spring
One approved elective from BLKS, MXAS, or WGST 3
UNIV 3490 Topics in University Studies 1
 Hours4
 Total Hours16