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College of Arts and Letters Graduate Certificate in College Teaching

Designed to provide background and training in teaching at the college level, the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching program includes course work, workshops and seminars that provide basic information on teaching and learning.

In addition, the program requires a mentored teaching experience and the development of a teaching portfolio. Part of the purpose of the program is to prepare graduate students to teach in a range of institutions such as community colleges, liberal arts colleges, research-intensive universities, etc.

The program is designed to supplement the student’s degree program, and it may be tailored to meet the needs and goals of individual participants. The program provides coherence for the varied teaching experiences TAs gain as part of their careers as graduate students.

This certification program offers teaching assistants a way of documenting their developing expertise as teachers. The materials developed in the teaching portfolio, along with the certificate and designation on the student’s transcript, may assist graduates seeking employment in an increasingly competitive job market.

To be eligible, students must be in a masters or doctoral program in the College of Arts and Letters and have a commitment to developing their teaching competence.

College of Arts and Letters Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities

Talking about the digital and the humanities in the same breath is no longer strange or alien. Indeed, much of the humanities are now digital. From the camera to the screen, digital tools and technologies shape how we tell stories, make art, shape experiences, and create interactions.  Research has been similarly transformed by the availability of vast quantities of digital media (text, images, audio, and video). Learning how to work effectively in these digital environments is realm of digital humanists. 

The CAL Graduate Certification in Digital Humanities is a 9-credit sequence and experience that will help graduate students to negotiate the new digital spaces of creativity and research.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women and Gender

The Graduate Specialization in Women and Gender is designed for completion by either Master's or doctoral students. The graduate specialization in Women and Gender is designed to foster the study of women and gender across disciplines and national borders, provide opportunities for graduate students to obtain a comprehensive, cross/interdisciplinary academic experience in women and gender, and to foster the growth of interdisciplinary research and teaching on women and gender. Emphasis is given to understanding the diversity of women's lives nationally and globally. The graduate specialization is open to graduate students with adequate undergraduate preparation in women and gender. The specialization should complement advanced, discipline-based degrees by providing an interdisciplinary, feminist component. All students are encouraged to develop competence in the foreign language most relevant to their field of work and area of interest.

View requirements for this specialization (MSU Registrar's Office).

Please email the GenCen with any questions/concerns at: gencen@msu.edu

Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies Social Science and Humanities Perspectives

The Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives, which is administered by the Department of Sociology, provides graduate students with basic knowledge of relationships between humans and other animals and how they are linked together in a fragile biosphere.

The graduate specialization is available as an elective for students who are enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for a master's or doctoral degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the graduate specialization should consult the graduate advisor for the specialization in the Department of Sociology.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Linda Kalof
Department of Sociology
Michigan State University
6H Berkey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

Graduate Certificate in Chican@/Latinx Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Chican@/Latinx Studies exposes students to methodologies specific to Chicano/Latino Studies, and to debates in the field that reflect larger transformations in United States culture and society. Students interested in research related to Chicanos and Latinos in the United States will find this certificate program of interest.