Philosophy, Rhetoric and Literature (Certificate)

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The certificate in philosophy, rhetoric and literature is an interdisciplinary humanities program that integrates continental philosophy and religion, critical theory, rhetoric, literary criticism, aesthetics and communication. 

The certificate in philosophy, rhetoric and literature is an interdisciplinary humanities program that integrates continental philosophy, literature, art, communication and social critique.

Students explore existential crises and the production of cultural values. Students in the program examine the anxieties and expectations surrounding cultural identity, including the expectation to adhere to sexed, racial, ethnic, social and religious norms. Special attention is given to the roles that art, literature, thought, intercultural interaction and communication play in repairing fractured histories and in the creation of better social worlds.

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Philosophy, Rhetoric and Literature (Certificate)

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Program requirements

The certificate in philosophy, rhetoric and literature 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. The certificate requires three credit hours in Rhetorical Perspectives, three credit hours in Continental Philosophical Perspectives, three credit hours from Pool A and six credit hours from Pool B. Any other courses used to satisfy the requirements for this certificate must be approved by an academic advisor prior to enrollment. All courses used to satisfy the requirements for the certificate must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Core I Rhetorical Perspectives -- 3 credit hours
Core II Continental Philosophical Perspectives -- 3 credit hours
Pool A -- 3 credit hours
Pool B -- 6 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

The certificate in philosophy, rhetoric and literature is awarded for successful completion of 18 upper-division credit hours of course work:

  1. one course (3 credit hours) in Core I: Rhetorical Perspectives
  2. one course (3 credit hours) in Core II: Continental Philosophy
  3. twelve elective credit hours from the approved course list in philosophy, rhetoric and literature (6 credit hours from Pool A and 6 credit hours from Pool B)

All elective course offerings from the course bank will be regularly updated and overseen by the facilitators of the certificate program. Students must meet with the program academic advisor to review the requirements and sign the certificate check sheet. Students should also consult an academic advisor in the college or department of their major to make sure the college or department recognizes the certificate. All course work in the program must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00) or higher.

Of the 18 upper-division credit hours required for the certificate, 12 credit hours must be completed at ASU.

Core I Requirements

Rhetorical Perspectives: (3 credit hours)
ENG 400 History of Literary Criticism, L or HU (3)
ENG 472 Rhetorical Studies, L (3)

Core II Requirements

Philosophical Perspectives: (3 credit hours)
ENG 401 Topics in Critical Theory (3)
PHI 304 Existentialism, HU (3)
PHI 311 Philosophy and Literature, HU (3)
PHI 411 Continental Philosophy (3)

Pool A: (6 credit hours)
ENG 394/494 Special Topics (3)
ENG 400 History of Literary Criticism, L or HU (3)
ENG 401 Topics in Critical Theory (3)
ENG 440 Studies in American Literature and Culture, HU (3)
ENG 454 Gender and Literature, L or HU (3)
ENG 461 Studies in Women and Literature, HU (3)
ENG 472 Rhetorical Studies, L (3)
ENG 478 Studies in Modernism, L or HU (3)
ENG 479 Studies in Postmodernism, HU, G (3)
HON 394/494 Special Topics (3)
IAP 371 Verbal Art (3)
IAP 471 Language, Culture and Performance, L or HU (3)
IAP 473 Aesthetic Research, L or HU (3)

Pool B: (6 credit hours)
COM 321 Rhetorical Theory and Research, L or HU, H (3)
COM 324 Rhetoric and Media Criticism (3)
COM 394/494 Special Topics (3)
COM 421 Rhetoric of Social Issues, HU (3)
COM 429 Semiotics and Visual Communications (3)
ENG 401 Topics in Critical Theory (3)
PHI 303/REL 300 The Future of Religions, L or HU (3)
PHI 304 Existentialism, HU (3)
PHI 311 Philosophy and Literature, HU (3)
PHI 318 Philosophy of Religion, HU (3)
PHI 336 Social and Political Philosophy, HU (3)
PHI 339 Philosophy of Art, HU (3)
PHI 390/REL 314 Jewish Philosophy (3)
PHI 391/REL 391 Historical Perspectives on Philosophy and Religion (3)
PHI 394/494 Special Topics (3)
PHI 411 Continental Philosophy (3)
PHI 494/REL 494 ST: Philosophical and Spiritual Issues in Death and Dying (3)
PHI 494/REL 494 ST: Post-Holocaust and Reparative Ethics (3)
REL 345 Asian Religious Traditions, HU, G (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 in philosophy, rhetoric and literature is open to all ASU undergraduate majors. 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

This program prepares students for advanced study in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and the arts, as well as lifelong learning in a variety of fields.

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