Dec 11, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Literary and Cultural Studies Certificate

John Alberti, Ph.D., Department Chair

Kelly Moffett, Graduate Program Director


The Literary and Cultural Studies Certificate is a non-degree, graduate certificate program composed of 18 credit hours that explores texts from a variety of perspectives. The Literary and Cultural Studies Certificate is appropriate for candidates who want to delve deeper into literary studies, develop critical thinking skills, explore cultural concepts, and consider essential questions of what it means to be human.

Credits earned toward the Literary and Cultural Studies Certificate may apply to or be transferred into the Master of Arts in English (MAE) at the graduate program director’s discretion. If certificate coursework is applied to the MAE program, this certificate coursework can be no more than eight years old at the time of graduation from the MAE program. Candidates must complete all coursework for the certificate program within six years, including any transfer work.


Applications to the Literary and Cultural Studies 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 Literary and Cultural Studies requires 18 hours of coursework, distributed as follows:

Total Hours: 18

The following additional requirements apply:

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