Although graduate training in CLASP affiliated departments and schools already incorporates some attention to the relationship between language and society, the Certificate Program allows students to build an interdisciplinary expertise in ways that recognize the different topical foci of their home departments. 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 ethnographic methods (Group C), subject to approval by the CLASP faculty advisor and the CLASP curriculum committee. The course chosen to fulfill the Group C requirement, while not necessarily language-related, should be an ethnographically or theoretically oriented course that informs individual 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 CLASP faculty advisor and curriculum 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 advance 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.
(Note: Some of the course numbers listed below are tentative, subject to approval from the Graduate School Curriculum Committee.)
Group A: Core Courses
Group B: Elective Courses
Choose two courses from the following list:
Group C: Courses in Social Theory and Ethnographic Methods
Students should consult with their CLASP faculty advisor in choosing a graduate level course in either social theory or ethnographic/qualitative methods that is appropriate for their research goals. The following is a working list of possible courses taught in these areas in various departments at the University of Colorado, as listed in the University catalogue. 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. Qualified students who wish to take one of these courses must therefore submit a short justification for the selected course in writing, along with their CLASP faculty advisor’s signature, to the CLASP curriculum committee via the program director, Kira Hall. The course selected to fulfill this requirement can be chosen from the list below or from the University catalogue more generally.
Examples of seminars in social theory:
Examples of seminars in ethnographic and qualitative methods:
"Hairclip" 2005, Candy*
"kirlian wedding photograph" 2004, zen
"Rusting clasp" 2005, Chris Campbell
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