Certificate Requirements

Twelve hours of graduate-level coursework are required for the Graduate Certificate in Culture, Language, and Social Practice. Three hours of coursework must come from the list of approved core courses (Group A); six hours of coursework must come from the list of elective courses (Group B); and the three remaining hours must come from a course in either social theory or research methods (Group C), subject to approval by the CLASP curriculum committee. The course chosen to fulfill the Group C requirement, while not necessarily language-related, should be a methodological or theoretical course that informs the student’s research interests in the relationship between language and society. At least one of the three selected courses from Lists A and B must be from outside the student’s home department.

A student may opt to substitute a University of Colorado M.A. thesis on the subject of culture, language, and social practice for one of the Group B courses, if approved by the curriculum committee, which is constituted by the CLASP faculty advisor and CLASP director. An independent study may also be substituted for a formal course, if approved by the committee.

A number of new and unlisted seminars on the subject of language and society are taught within individual departments each year. Students should check with the CLASP program director each semester for a list of additional courses that fulfill the requirements. Students wanting to substitute an unapproved course for one of the courses listed below must receive approval from the CLASP curriculum committee.

The acquisition of a CLASP Certificate is dependent on the successful completion of all courses in the academic curriculum with a grade of B or higher.

Group A: Core Courses

Students will choose one core course from the list below.

Course Title
ANTH/LING 6320 Linguistic Anthropology
COMM 6410 Discourse Analysis
COMM 6445 Communication and Culture
LING 6310 Sociolinguistic Analysis
LING/ANTH 6320 Linguistic Anthropology
EDUC 5615 Second Language Acquisition
EDUC 5635 Education and Sociolinguistics
SPAN 5450 Introduction to Hispanic Sociolinguistics

Group B: Elective Courses

Students will choose two elective courses. Below is a sampling of courses fulfilling this category that have been offered at CU-Boulder in the recent past. These courses are not necessarily offered on a regular basis. They often have rotating faculty members and are subject to change. Students may also substitute an approved independent study with a CLASP faculty member as one of the required electives.
Course Title
ANTH 6320 Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 7350 Language and Gender in Cultural Perspective
ANTH 7360 Language and Sexuality
COMM 5210 Readings in Communication Theory
COMM 5220 Communication in the Justice System
COMM 6410 Discourse Analysis
COMM 6445 Communication and Culture
COMM 6440 Grounded Practical Theory
COMM 6470 Meetings, Their Practices and Problems
COMM 6740 Power and Control in Organizations
EDUC 5235 Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum
EDUC 5425 Introduction to Bilingual/Multicultural Education
EDUC 5455 Literacy for Linguistically Different Learners
EDUC 5465 Introduction to ESL/Bilingual and Special Education
EDUC 5615 Second Language Acquisition
EDUC 5635 Education and Sociolinguistics
EDUC 8615 Language Issues in Education Research
JOUR 6331 Political Communication
LING 5900 Body and Language
LING 6310 Sociolinguistic Analysis
LING 6320 Linguistic Anthropology
LING 6560 Language Development
LING 7320 Narrative and Identity
LING 7350 Language and Gender in Cultural Perspective
LING 7360 Language and Sexuality
LING 7800 Open Topics in Linguistics: Contemporary Ethnographies of Language and Society
LING 7800 Open Topics in Linguistics: Conversation Analysis
LING 7800 Open Topics in Linguistics: Interaction and Grammar
LING 7800 Open Topics in Linguistics: Language and Globalization
LING 7800 Open Topics in Linguistics: Language and Performance
LING 7800 Open Topics in Linguistics: Language in New Media
LING 7800 Open Topics in Linguistics: Language in Time and Space
LING 7800 Open Topics in Linguistics: Language Maintenance, Loss, and Revitalization
LING 7800 Open Topics in Linguistics: Linguistic Anthropology of Native America
LING 7900 Interdependent Study: Conversation and Grammar
LING 7900 Interdependent Study: Topics in Native American Languages
SLHS 4000 Multicultural Communication Differences and Disorders
SLHS 4560 Language Development
SOCY 5531 Graduate Seminar in Social Psychology
SPAN 5450 Introduction to Hispanic Sociolinguistics
SPAN 7130 Theories of Language, Literature, Culture in Humanities

Group C: Courses in Social Theory and Research Methods

Students will choose one course in either social theory or research methods that is appropriate for their research goals, in consultation with their CLASP faculty advisor. Below is a working list of possible courses offered in these areas at the University of Colorado, as listed in the catalog. Note that these are not CLASP-approved courses. Unlike the courses specified in Categories A and B, the courses below are listed here as suggestions only, to provide examples of the kinds of seminars that might be used to fulfill this requirement. Because many of these courses are taught by revolving faculty members who are not CLASP-affiliated, the course content is subject to change from semester to semester. In addition, some of these seminars have prerequisites or limit student enrollment on the basis of disciplinary background.

Examples of seminars in social theory:

Course Title
ANTH 5780 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 5785 Advanced Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 7010 Contemporary Theory in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 7620 Ethnography and Cultural Theory
COMM 5210 Communication Theory
COMM 6360 Social and Cultural Theory
EDUC 5075 Sociology in Cultural Education
EDUC 6325 Culture and Ethnography in Education
GEOG 6742 Cultural Geography
HIST 6330 History of Sex and Sexuality
JOUR 5201 Media, Culture, and Globalization
JOUR 5331 Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Popular Culture
JOUR 5711 Media and Culture
JOUR 5791 Media and the Public
JOUR 6051 Media Theory
JOUR 6071 Critical Theories of Media and Culture
JOUR 6301 Communication, Media, and Concepts of the Public
JOUR 6711 Mass Media and Popular Culture
ANTH 5530 Theoretical Foundations of Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 7010 Contemporary Theories of Cultural Anthropology
PSCI 7004 Political Theory
PSCI 7901 Topics in Political Science: Social Theory
PSCI 7108 Sharing Democracy
SOCY 5201 Graduate Seminar in Sociological Theory
SOCY 6041 Cultural Sociology
SOCY 7006 Sociology of Sex and Gender
SOCY 7036 Feminist Theory
SOCY 7131 Seminar in Social Psychology
WMST 6090 Feminist Theories
WMST 6290 Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Examples of seminars in methods:

Course Title
ANTH 7300 Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
COMM 6030 Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 7346 Ethnographic Methods in Educational Research
EDUC 8250 Qualitative Methods I
EDUC 8260 Qualitative Methods II
EDUC 8370 Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
JOUR 7051 Qualitative Research Methods in Mass Communication
JOUR 7061 Quantitative Research Methods in Mass Communication
LING 7800 Open Topics in Linguistics: Sociolinguistic Methods and Research Development
SOCY 5111 Introduction to Social Statistics
SOCY 5121 Ethnographic Research Methods
SOCY 6111 Data Analysis
SOCY 6121 Qualitative Methods
SOCY 7026 Feminist Research Methods
SOCY 7121 Qualitative Analysis
WMST 6190 Feminist Methodology