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 sexual, racial, ethnic, social and religious norms. Special attention is given to the roles that art, literature, thought, cultural interaction and communication play in repairing fractured histories and in the creation of better social worlds.

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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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. 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.

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.

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