Oral History and Storytelling (Certificate)

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The certificate in oral history introduces the interdisciplinary theories and methods required to collect, document and preserve the stories of people's lives. 

The certificate program in oral history and storytelling introduces students to the interdisciplinary theories and methods required for collecting, documenting and preserving the stories of people's lives.

Through the program, students gain an understanding of and appreciation for diverse cultures, past and present, and engage in oral history research and interviewing. Students may build on existing projects or develop new community relationships at local, national and international levels.

With the knowledge and skills to abide by the professional standards involved in oral history documentation, research and presentation, students leave the program better prepared for graduate programs or careers that integrate oral history.

The program is offered by the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies.

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Oral History and Storytelling (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate in oral history and storytelling consists of 15 upper-division credit hours. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be completed through courses offered by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies. Six credit hours may be shared between the certificate and courses for a student's major. Students should consult an academic advisor to select appropriate courses. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the certificate must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Core Requirements -- 6 credit hours
Electives -- 9 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Degree requirements

Students must meet with the program coordinator to review the certificate requirements and sign the certificate check sheet agreement. The student should also consult an academic advisor in the college, school or department of their major to make sure the college, schoolor department recognizes the certificate. All course work in the program must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00) or higher. A total of 18 credit hours is required.

Residency Requirement:
Of the 18 upper-division credit hours required for the certificate, students must complete a minimum of six upper-division (300 and 400 level) credit hours offered by the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies.

Core Requirements:
HRC 310 Social and Cultural Studies: Method and Theory (3)
HRC 480 Capstone: Practices and Approaches (3)

The course bank includes upper-division courses offered throughout the university. Students may choose from the following prefixes, upon approval by appropriate faculty or advisor:

  • American Studies (AMS)
  • Communication Studies (COM)
  • English (ENG)
  • Ethnic Studies (ETH)
  • History (HST)
  • Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (HRC)
  • Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (IAP)
  • Integrative Studies (IAS)
  • Latin American Studies (LAS)
  • Philosophy (PHI)
  • Religious Studies (REL)
  • Sociology (SOC)
  • Spanish (SPA)
  • Women and Gender Studies (WST)

Recommended Courses:
COM 342 Oral History and Storytelling (3)
ENG 317 Cross-Cultural Writing, L or HU, G (3)
ENG 361 Scriptwriting (3)
ENG 376 Writing a Personal History, L (3)
ENG 377 Editing Family History for Public Audiences, L (3)
ENG 412 Creative Nonfiction (3)
ENG 476 Studies in Folklore, L or HU or SB, C (3)
IAP 331 Performance, Acting and the Individual (3)
IAP 364 Documentaries (3)
SOC 389 Ethnographic Field Lab (3)
WST 370 Chronicling Women's Lives, HU, C (3)
WST 473 Indigenous and Latina/Chicana Representation, SB, C (3)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

The certificate program in oral history and storytelling is open to all ASU undergraduate majors. This certificate is also available for graduate students and students majoring in professional programs. Students wishing to pursue this certificate should consult an academic advisor in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies to ensure the appropriate set of courses is taken and the required paperwork is submitted.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

The certificate program in oral history and storytelling prepares students for careers such as ethnographers, culture and history directors, videographers, editors, copy writers or journalism.

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