Certificate in American Literature and Culture

The School of Literature, Media, and Communication's undergraduate certificate in American Literature allows students to pursue a coherent course of study focusing on American literary and cultural artifacts. Its four-course (twelve-hour) requirement involves study in American literature, American culture, specific authors, and regional or ethnic issues. All the classes fulfill humanities requirements.


After completing the ENGL 1101-1102 sequence, those pursuing the certificate can fulfill the four-course requirement by taking two courses with a historical basis (the 2-course American literature survey and/or the historical study of literature and technology) and selecting from additional courses which allow the student to pursue specific interests in regional or ethnic American studies.

With the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the student may select from among LMC 32xx, 33xx, or 38xx courses when the focus is primarily on American authors or artifacts. During his or her last semester, the student submits a petition for certificate (completed advisement sheet) to the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies (ADUS); when it is approved, the certificate is awarded to the student during the final week of the semester.

Certificate in American Literature and Culture

  1. Historical Courses - Two of the following courses (6 hours):

    • LMC 3118: Science, Technology, and American Empire
    • LMC 3508: American Culture I
    • LMC 3510: American Culture II
  2. Literary / Cultural Courses - Two of the following courses (6 hours):

    • LMC 3208: African-American Literature and Culture
    • LMC 3210: Ethnicity in American Culture
    • LMC 3222: Regionalism in American Literature and Culture

Total Credit Hours: 12 credits (4 courses)

More Information

For more information, please see the certificate advisement sheet: