Mar 01, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cultural Studies and Discourses Certificate

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:

  1. an application for graduate admission to Northern Kentucky University
  2. official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work.
  3. a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  4. an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. a grade of B or higher on all graduate work that may apply to the certificate.

♦ Indicates prerequisite.

Certificate Program Curriculum

The Certificate Program in Cultural Studies and Discourses requires 18 hours of coursework, distributed as follows:

Total Hours: 18

The following additional requirements apply:

  1. Students must take at least one course with an ENG or CIN designator and one course with a COM designator.
  2. Students must take at least one course that addresses an American and one course that addresses a British/World or intercultural perspective.
  3. No more than 25% of the required curriculum for the Cultural Studies and Discourses Certificate may be transferred to NKU from a regionally accredited university.