Graduate Certificate


Core Course for the Graduate Certificate in the Public Humanities

Inter-LS 700: Public Humanities: Theories, Methods, Cases
The course takes a multidisciplinary and transhistorical approach to the emerging field of the public humanities. The course will introduce key theoretical and historical texts focused specifically on questions of the public sphere, civic responsibility, communication, ideology, and engagement; provide an overview of relevant tools and methods; and culminate in a final assignment: a research‐driven prospectus for a project in the public humanities.
This course will be next be offered in Spring 2018.

Recommended Courses in the Public Humanities – Fall 2017

Courses listed below have been selected by the Center for the Humanities. Each of these courses is highly recommended and can fulfill the criteria for elective credit towards the Graduate Certificate in the Public Humanities if taken as part of a thematic sequence related to the public humanities (see Curriculum requirements). This list is not meant to be exhaustive, and should serve as a guide to assist students in designing a course of study that aligns with their stated academic and career objectives. Students with questions about a particular course are asked to contact Emily Clark, Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities ( In advance of registration each semester, the Center for the Humanities develops and makes available on our website a list of recommended elective courses. We attach this list of courses for Fall 2017 to provide evidence that the number and array of courses is sufficient to meet the needs of students enrolling in this program. Lists for previous semesters are available for download on our website.

*Rules and Requirements: There will be no exceptions or substitutions made for the required core course. Courses that satisfy students’ major requirements will not be allowed to “double count” for the Certificate. Non-graded courses are not allowed to fulfill required coursework for the certificate.

African Cultural Studies

605: African Diaspora Themes and Tropes (Damon Burchell, M 5:30 – 7:30 pm)


764: Dimensions of Material Culture (Ann Martin, T/Th 1:00 – 2:15 pm)

Art History

800: Structures, Post-Structuralism, Art (Michael Jay McClure, M 4:15 – 6:15 pm)

801: Historiography, Theory and Methods in Visual Culture (Jill Casid, T 4:00 – 6:00 pm)

Comparative Literature

771: Literary Criticism – Narratives of the Comparative (Mary Layoun, Th 1:30 – 4:00 pm)

Educational Policy Studies

903: History of Education of Multicultural America (Waltern Stern, M 2:25 – 5:25 pm)


577: Postcolonial Theatre: Drama, Theory and Performance in the Global South (Aparna Dharwadker, T/Th 11:00 – 12:15 pm)

Gender & Women’s Studies

611: Gender, Science and Technology (Joan Fujimura, T 2:45 – 5:00 pm)

933: Feminist Political Theory (Keisha Lindsay, T 3:30 – 5:25 pm)


518: Power, Place, Identity (Robert Kaiser, Th 4:00 – 6:30 pm)

901: Deleuze and Geophilosophy (Keith Woodward, T 3:30 – 6:00 pm)


701: History in a Global Perspective (Colleen Dunlavy, Th 9:45 – 10:45 pm)

History of Science

909: History of Biology and Medicine (Lynn Nyhart, W 2:25 – 5:25 pm)

Jewish Studies

518: Anti-Semitism in European Culture, 1700-1945 (Amos Bitzan, Th 8:50 – 10:45 am)

Journalism and Mass Communication

801: Mass Communication and the Individual (Dhavan Shah, M 12:30 – 3:00 pm)

Library and Information Studies

665: Who Writes Your Story? Race and Gender in Archives (Ethelene Whitmire, T/Th 2:30 – 3:45 pm)

Medical History and Bioethics

709: Development of Public Health in America (Susan Lederer, TBA)

Political Science

854: Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict (Nadav Shelef, Th 1:20 – 3:15 pm)


Archived Courses

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012