Students wishing to apply to participate in a certificate program are required to apply by the end of their first year at Washington University. Permission must first be granted by both the Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies before students may file an application. No more than one certificate program can be added to a regular course of graduate studies.
Film and Media Studies: This program is designed to provide PhD students with interest in the theories and history of “visual culture” an opportunity to extend their formal intellectual training into film and media studies. Students accepted into the Graduate Certificate Program in Film & Media Studies acquire appropriate graduate level knowledge in film and media studies approaches to criticism, history, and theory. For more information, see the Graduate Certificate in Film and Media Studies page on the Film and Media website.
Translation Studies: The Certificate in Translation provides graduate students with training in the theory and practice of translation that focuses on the nuances of culture and language. This certificate is offered through the Comparative Literature Program. For more information, please see the Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies page on the Comparative Literature Program website.
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate Program offers graduate students the opportunity to broaden their course work to include the interdisciplinary study of gender and feminist theory. Students who complete the certificate have the option, on recommendation of the department chair and/or director of graduate studies, to participate in a joint TAship between the department and the Women and Gender Studies Program. For more information on the certificate and its requirements and opportunities, see the Graduate Certificate Program page on the Women and Gender Studies website.
Language Instruction: Students choosing to pursue the Graduate Certificate in language instruction will develop a fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, psychology, neuroscience, and other disciplines that has important implications for the way we teach foreign languages. Study within these different fields provides a fascinating examination of the way that second languages (L2) are learned and how second language is generated by learners. The Graduate Certificate is designed for doctoral students in any department. For more information, please see the Graduate Certificate in Language Instruction page on the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures website.
Data Science in the Humanities (DASH): The curriculum for this certificate program addresses data management, statistics, text analysis, geospatial analysis, digital prosopography, data visualization, and information design. This will acquaint any PhD student with new methodologies and techniques, and will foster an awareness of the theoretical implications of using them. Students interested in pursuing the DASH Certificate should contact the program director. PhD students in good standing should apply before the end of their second year. Applicants should write a letter detailing their interest in data science or digital humanities as well as any relevant background; their letter should be supplemented by a letter of support from the DGS of the home doctoral program.
For more information, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Erin McGlothlin.