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

Choose one course from the following list:

Communication 6410    Discourse Analysis
Linguistics 6310 Sociolinguistic Analysis
Linguistics 6320 Linguistic Anthropology
Linguistics 7320 Narrative and Identity

Group B: Elective Courses

Choose two courses from the following list:

Communication 5220    Communication in the Justice System
Communication 6410 Discourse Analysis
Communication 6440 Grounded Practical Theory
Communication 6470 Meetings, Their Practices and Problems
Education 5615 Second Language Acquisition
Education 5635 Education and Sociolinguistics
Linguistics 5800 Language and Culture
Linguistics 6310 Sociolinguistic Analysis
Linguistics 6320 Linguistic Anthropology
Linguistics 7320 Narrative and Identity
Linguistics 7350 Language and Gender in Cultural Perspective
Linguistics 7360 Language and Sexuality
Linguistics 7800 Topics in Native American Languages
Linguistics 7800 The Linguistic Anthropology of Native America
Linguistics 7800 Language, Literature, Ritual, and Performance
Linguistics 7800 Conversation Analysis
Linguistics 7800 Language Maintenance, Loss, and Revitalization
Spanish 5540 Sociolingüística del español (Sociolinguistics of Spanish)
Spanish 5140 Topics in Medieval Spanish Literature
Spanish 7130 Theories of Language, Literature, Culture in Humanities
Spanish 7140 Ideology and Poetic Form
Spanish 7240 History of the Spanish Language

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:
Communication 5210    Communication Theory
Communication 6360 Social and Cultural Theory
Education 5075 Sociology in Education
History 6330 History of Sex and Sexuality
Journalism 6071 Critical Theories of Media and Culture
Journalism 6301 Communication, Media, and Concepts of the Public
Anthropology 5530 Theoretical Foundations of Sociocultural Anthro
Anthropology 7010 Contemporary Theories of Cultural Anthropology
Geography 6752 Space, Place, and Gender
Political Science 7004 Political Theory
Political Science 7108 Sharing Democracy
Sociology 5011 Modern Theory
Sociology 5061 Modern Marxist Social Theory
Sociology 5531 Seminar in Social Psychology
Women's Studies 5090 Feminist Theories

Examples of seminars in ethnographic and qualitative methods:
Anthropology 7300    Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Communication 6030 Qualitative Research Methods
Education 7346 Ethnographic Methods in Educational Research
Education 8250 Qualitative Methods I
Education 8260 Qualitative Methods II
Sociology 5121 Ethnographic Research Methods
Women's Studies 5190 Feminist Methodology



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