The Advanced Certificate in Public Humanities will provide GSAS Ph.D. candidates an opportunity to explore the theory and practice of public engagement in the Humanities. The core courses along with the departmental offerings will allow students to approach the Public Humanities from multidisciplinary perspectives and to incorporate such methods into their own work. The objective is for students to gain an appreciation of the distinctive public contributions to be made by their specific disciplines (for instance, through a course in the Classics department focused on cultural heritage policy, or the History department’s regular offering on the practice of public history) while at the same time conceiving those contributions as part of the broader societal impact historically achieved by the Humanities writ large through the two general Public Humanities courses mounted as part of our initiative. Students working toward the Public Humanities Advanced Certificate will thus balance the supra- disciplinary common curriculum of the two Public Humanities courses with more focused investigation into the public import of their own particular disciplines.
Courses: The Advanced Certificate requires 12 points of coursework. Students are required to complete Theorizing the Public Humanities: Humans, Publics, Public Humanities, PUBHM-GA 1001 (4 credits), Practicing Humanities in Public, PUBHM-GA 1101 (4 credits), and one Public Humanities elective (4 credits). The Public Humanities elective will be chosen from a list of public humanities oriented courses offered each term by the various GSAS humanities departments. This list will be authorized and maintained by the GSAS Office of Professional Development. If a student wishes to have a course count toward this elective that is not included on the list, the student may petition the Assistant Dean for Professional Development to have it counted for the elective.
This Advanced Certificate may be done as a dual degree program with the following Doctoral Programs:
- American Studies
- Comparative Literature
- East Asian Studies
- English and American Literature
- French Studies and Anthropology
- French Studies and French
- French Studies and History
- Hebrew and Judaic Studies
- Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History
- History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
- Italian Studies
- Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
The credits for the Advanced Certficate fully double count toward the Ph.D. so a total of 72 credits is required to complete both programs.