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:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of approaches in contemporary critical and cultural theory.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 dissertation research and writing.

Requirements for the Certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory

Students pursuing the certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory must complete:

  • A minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) 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.
  • A minimum letter grade of at least 'B-' (2.67 grade points) in each course.
  • All required coursework associated with the student’s corresponding degree program.

In addition, no courses applied toward the certificate can be completed as transfer credit. 

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 official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory12

Certificate Requirements

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
ONTOLOTIES, VITALITIES, THINGS
PHENOMENOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ADVANCED SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE
URBANISM I: THE CITY THEORETICALLY CONSIDERED
THE CULLINAN SEMINAR
PRESENT FUTURE SEMINAR
LITERATURE AND VISUAL ART
STUDIES IN RENAISSANCE LITERATURE
19TH CENTURY STUDIES
AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
EMERGENT MEDIA: TECHNOLOGIES, NETWORKS, CULTURE
CULTURAL STUDIES: CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE, CULTURE AND POLITICS
READING MATERIAL
STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND OTHER DISCIPLINES
STUDIES IN MODERNISM
STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE AND CULTURE
STUDIES IN MAJOR AMERICAN AUTHORS
STUDIES IN LITERARY THEORY: READING MATERIALS
INDEPENDENT STUDY
LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM
FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SUSTAINABLE: ART, ARCHITECUTRE AND NATURE
METHODS OF ART HISTORY
HRC MELLON RESEARCH SEMINAR
RICE SEMINARS
THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS SCHOOL
GRADUATE RELIGION SEMINAR
Colloquium
Students must participate in at least one annual colloquium 2
Total Credit Hours12

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the Certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory

Application Procedures

  1. 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.
  2. 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 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.

Transfer Credit 

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:

  • The Certificate in Critical and Cultural Theory (CCT) program does not allow any of its course requirements to be met by transfer credit.

For additional information, please see the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory website: http://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: http://3ct.rice.edu/