Theoretical Humanities Micro-Credential

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The micro-credential in Theoretical Humanities introduces graduate students (MA and PhD) as well as advanced undergraduate students (who intend to pursue graduate education) to the interdisciplinary theoretical methods of interpreting culture and literature. Through this program you will gain familiarity with advanced methods of interpretation in different humanistic disciplines: literary and cultural studies, philosophy, art theory, and film. This program consists of three graduate courses: Introduction to Theory, plus two courses that you select from the regular graduate offerings in Comparative Literatures. 

Academic Requirements

Level: Graduate 

Who is eligible: Both UB and non-UB students

Non-UB students must apply as a non-degree seeking student.

Instruction method: In Person (no courses offered online)

Time to completion: 2 semesters

Skills gained:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency 
  • Oral/Written Communications


No Prerequisites

Required courses 

  • Introduction to Theory (COL 580)
  • Two "special topics" graduate seminars from regular COL offerings, A section only. The two courses should be chosen in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature.


Students will learn advanced methods of interpretation in the humanities and their philosophical presuppositions. They will learn how to employ these methods to interpret critically cultural and literary productions. Students will learn how to employ appropriate interpretive skills in research and writing. 

These objectives will be assessed on the basis of participation in class, presentations, and research papers. These objectives are achieved when students earn at least a B grade or higher in all three courses.

Final Requirements

  • Titles of the three completed courses with grade of B or better. 
  • Titles and the abstracts of the three research papers. 
  • Optional: Research paper that best exemplifies the work that they completed in the program

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Apply to the Theoretical Humanities Micro-Credential

UB grad students may simply enroll in courses after filling out the form.

Non-UB students must apply as a non-degree seeking student.

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