Certificate Programs

Poetics and Theory

The Advanced Certificate Program in Poetics and Theory is a transdisciplinary initiative that provides an institutional framework for diverse theoretical initiatives and practices at NYU. By offering an integrated approach to theoretical concerns in the Humanities, it responds to frequently voiced desires for a theory initiative across the disciplines. Rather than pure theorizing, the program focuses on sharing theoretical approaches and fosters interdisciplinary and international collaboration.

The program traces a historical progression from the ancient practices of poetics and rhetoric to their modern theoretical counterparts. The intimate but vexed relations between aesthetics and hermeneutics, philosophy and literature, social institutions and the work of art, form the core of study. The transdisciplinary orientation of the Certificate complements disciplinary study and sharpens students’ career profiles.

All students enrolled in Ph.D. and M.A. programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Science are eligible. Students funded through the MacCracken program pay no additional tuition or fees.

Students enrolled in a Ph.D. or an M.A. program at New York University should complete the application and return it to the Program in Poetics and Theory (poeticsandtheory@nyu.edu). Students not already enrolled at NYU may apply to the advanced certificate program through the Graduate School of Arts and Science (select “online application”).

A total of 20 points of coursework is required (a maximum of 8 points may be shared with the points required for the M.A. or Ph.D.):

  • Proseminar in Poetics and the Origins of Literary Theory (POET-GA 2001)
  • Poetics and Theory Seminar (POET-GA 2002)
  • Three additional courses, of which one must cover either philosophy or rhetoric or be a theory survey, and two must be listed outside the student’s home department. (Courses cross-listed with the home department are acceptable; however, in such cases students should be sure to register for the course under the number associated with the department in which the course originates).

In addition to the five courses, students seeking the advanced certificate must present a paper at at least one workshop or conference held by the Program in Poetics and Theory. The paper may be a chapter of the student’s dissertation.

For a more detailed overview of the program, courses, and events, visit the Poetics and Theory website.

Advanced Certificate in Culture and Media: Dual-Degree Program with PhD in Comparative Literature and the Advanced Certificate in Culture and Media at New York University

The Departments of Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and Cinema Studies offer a specialized joint course of study leading to a New York State Certificate in Culture and Media for NYU graduate students who are also pursuing their PhD degree in Comparative Literature.

The program’s philosophy takes a broad approach to the relationships between culture and media in a number of domains including: ethnographic film’s significance for the fields of anthropology and cinema/media studies; problems in representation of cultures through media; the development of media in indigenous, Diaspora, and non-Western communities; the emerging social and cultural formations shaped by new media practices; the political economy shaping the production, distribution and consumption of media worldwide; and the impact of new media technologies on these processes.

The Advanced Certificate program provides students with an intensive, concentrated experience that integrates three kinds of critical practice: study of the uses and meanings of media in a range of communities and cultures that prepares students to employ ethnographic research methods; critical theory and history of documentary and ethnographic media; and documentary production.

For a list of core faculty and further information, please see the Department of Anthropology’s website.

The Advanced Certificate in Culture and Media is a 30-point offering that includes:

  • Culture and Media I: Critical History of Visual Anthropology, ANTH-GA 1215/CINE-GT 1402 (4 points)
  • Culture and Media II: Ethnography of Media, ANTH-GA 1216/CINE-GT 1403 (4 points)
  • Cultural Theory and the Documentary, CINE-GT 2001 (4 points)
  • A course approved by the program director (4 points)
  • Sight and Sound Documentary, CINE-GT 1999 (6 points)
  • Video Production Seminar I, ANTH-GA 1218 (4 points)
  • Video Production Seminar II, ANTH-GA 1219 (4 points)

In order to accommodate the point load of the Advanced Certificate Program, PhD students in Comparative Literature who are accepted to pursue the Certificate may switch out the requirement for a third non-English language and consider the work of the Advanced Certificate in place of the non-disciplinary literary field.

This creates an 86-point dual degree that is at the same credit level as the similar dual degree programs between Culture and Media and the PhD in Anthropology and in Cinema Studies.

This option is only open to PhD students. Comparative Literature students are required to complete the same 40 points of work in the department and 32 points outside the department, of which 16 may be counted toward the Advanced Certificate, in recognition of the work normally done in place of a third language, where Culture and Media represents the existing “non-disciplinary field.” This allows the student to complete the four academic requirements of the program: Culture and Media I, Culture and Media II, Cultural Theory and the Documentary, and a course approved by the program director (16 points total).

The other 14 points solely applied to the Advanced Certificate are the production courses, consisting of the 6-point Sight and Sound Documentary (offered during the summer), and the 8-point, year-long Video Production Seminars.

This program is open to doctoral students in consultation with and after the approval of both the Department of Comparative Literature and the Culture and Media Program. Interested students should set up appointments with the Director of Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature and the Director of the Culture and Media Program in Anthropology to discuss possible admission to the dual-degree program in their first year of study.