Certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory
Program Learning Outcomes for the Certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory
Upon completing the certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of a range of approaches in contemporary critical and cultural theory.
- Articulate the relationship between concepts and methodologies drawn from critical and cultural theory and the current state of the specific discipline(s) in which they work.
- Incorporate concepts and methodologies from critical and cultural theory into their own intellectual and academic practice in forms such as oral and written exchange, conference papers, academic publications, and thesis research and writing.
Requirements for the Certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory
The certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory is a graduate certificate. For general university requirements, please see Graduate Certificates. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Students pursuing the certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory must complete:
- A minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) of graduate-level study (graduate semester credit hours, coursework at the 500-level or above) to satisfy certificate requirements1.
- A minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) outside of the student's home department.
- A minimum of 1 3CT Annual Colloquium2.
- All course requirements met with Rice University coursework (transfer credit not permitted). For additional program guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.67 or higher in all Rice coursework.
A minimum program GPA of 2.67 or higher in all Rice coursework that satisfies requirements for the graduate certificate with a minimum grade of B- (2.67 grade points) in each course.
This certificate is not a freestanding degree program; in addition to fulfilling the certificate requirements outlined below, candidates will be required to complete successfully the degree program to which they have been admitted in order to receive this certificate. Upon completion, the certificate is awarded at the same time as the conferral of the student’s Rice degree, along with a formal notation on their academic transcript.
The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this certificate. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the certificate’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the certificate's Official Certifier. Additionally, these must be approved by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.
|Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory||12|
|Required Courses 1|
|Select a minimum of 4 courses (at least 12 credit hours) from the following:||12|
|ANTHROPOLOGICAL DIRECTIONS FROM SECOND WORLD WAR TO PRESENT|
|THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE HISTORICAL IMAGINATION|
|ANTHROPOLOGIES OF NATURE|
|THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF ETHICS|
|ILLNESS, DISABILITY, AND THE GENDERED BODY|
|THEORIES OF MODERNITY/POSTMODERNITY|
|CLASSICAL SOCIAL THEORY|
|ONTOLOGIES, VITALITIES, THINGS|
|ADVANCED SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE|
|URBANISM I: THE CITY THEORETICALLY CONSIDERED|
|THE CULLINAN SEMINAR|
|PRESENT FUTURE SEMINAR|
|STUDIES IN RENAISSANCE LITERATURE|
|19TH CENTURY STUDIES|
|AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES|
|STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND OTHER DISCIPLINES|
|STUDIES IN MODERNISM|
|STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE AND CULTURE|
|STUDIES IN MAJOR AMERICAN AUTHORS|
|STUDIES IN LITERARY THEORY|
|LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM|
|FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SUSTAINABLE: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE|
|METHODS OF ART HISTORY|
|THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS SCHOOL|
|GRADUATE RELIGION SEMINAR|
|Students must participate in at least one annual colloquium 2|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Required core courses for other graduate degree or certificate programs may not count toward the minimum of 4 courses requirement. However, elective courses used to fulfill requirements for other graduate degree or certificate programs at Rice may count toward this requirement. The Center recommends that students interested in applying for the certificate seek approval for courses as they are taken. Students may petition the Center for approval of courses not listed above.
The 3CT Annual Colloquium consists of two modules: a lecture and seminar given by a visiting scholar in the Spring semester and a second lecture/seminar module in the Fall semester. Students need not complete the modules in consecutive semesters, but must complete two modules within three years from the date of acceptance into the program.
Policies for the Certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory
- Status: The Certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory (CCT) program is open only to students already enrolled and in good academic standing in a Rice graduate-level degree-granting program.
- Application: Students must apply for admission to the Certificate program by the end of the registration period for Fall semester each year. The application should consist of a vita, a 2-3 page single-spaced description of the student's research interests, of the primary theoretical commitments that frame those interests, and how the research intervenes in the current state of critical and cultural theory. A brief (one or two paragraph) letter of endorsement from the faculty member directing the student's research is also required. Only students in good academic standing in their home departments may apply. Students will be informed promptly early in the Fall semester each year of their acceptance, and students not accepted may reapply once to the Certificate program.
Program Restrictions and Exclusions
Students pursuing the certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory should be aware of the following program restriction:
- Graduate students may declare their intent to pursue a university certificate only after they have first been admitted into a graduate-level Rice degree-granting program.
For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.
Program Transfer Credit Guidelines
Students pursuing the certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:
Transfer credit coursework cannot be applied or used to meet any of the program’s course requirements.
For additional information, please see the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory website: https://3ct.rice.edu/.
Opportunities for the Certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory
For additional information, please see the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory website: https://3ct.rice.edu/
See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this program.