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Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies 
The Center for Latin American Studies offers graduate students from different departments and schools at Vanderbilt the opportunity to complete a Certificate in Latin American Studies. The Certificate allows students to document their regional specialization by earning the Certificate, which is awarded in conjunction with their M.A. or Ph.D. The LAS Certificate also encourages graduate students to study outside of their disciplinary specialization.

Graduate Certificate in Latino and Latina Studies

Latino and Latina Studies focuses on cultural production and political and socioeconomic experiences of people inculcated with the U.S. experience, self-identifying as Latinos and Latinas, and communicating primarily in English and sometimes in Spanish. The LATS graduate certificate will examine this enduring and dynamic population that crosses and re-crosses borders constructed by geography, linguistics, class, race, and gender. This program of study is designed to accommodate a range of voices and multiple manifestations of Latino and Latina identity and cultural expression in historical and contemporary contexts to fill in this vital but often overlooked component of our national identity and discourse. Any student enrolled in a graduate program at Vanderbilt is eligible to apply for the Certificate in Latino and Latina Studies. Acceptance in the program requires the approval of the student's primary adviser and the Director of the Program in Latino and Latina Studies, Professor William Luis.

Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies
Vanderbilt University’s Program in Women’s and Gender Studies offers an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program. The Certificate Program provides graduate students across campus with access to interdisciplinary scholarship in the robust field of gender studies; supplies them with a valuable professional credential; and strengthens their ability to compete for jobs as well as national fellowships and postdoctoral awards.


Graduate Certificate in Diaspora Studies

Program in African American and Diaspora Studies
The graduate certificate in Diaspora Studies has been designed to complement students’ disciplinary training, expose them to the interdisciplinary trends in the academy, and broaden their career possibilities. The Diaspora Studies certificate provides graduate students with access to interdisciplinary scholarship in the dynamic and continually evolving field of studies in the  African Diaspora globally. The certificate also gives students a competitive edge and interdisciplinary training for the still robust career outlook for specialists in pan-black studies as well as in the search for postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences.

Joint-Ph.D. Program in Comparative Media Analysis and Practice (CMAP)

The Joint-Ph.D. program in “Comparative Media Analysis and Practice” (CMAP) advances the critical investigation of modern media culture and the innovative making of digital objects. Open to Ph.D. students from all units of the university, the program adds intellectual perspectives and project-driven learning experiences in an interdisciplinary and collaborative framework. It enhances the preparedness of Ph.D. students with diverse backgrounds for academic or non-academic careers alike. Students completing the program will receive a “Ph.D. in Spanish and Comparative Media Analysis and Practice” or “Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Media Analysis and Practice.”

Related Graduate Studies

English Department
The Ph.D. Program in English offers coursework and research supervision in all areas of British, American, and Anglophone literature, film, cultural studies, and literary theory.   We aim to produce first-quality scholars, critics, and teachers of literature and culture for colleges and universities.  Our program is small, focused, and dynamic.

Department of Philosophy
Work for the PhD degree is offered in all major fields and historical periods of philosophy.  The department has strengths in epistemology, ethics, feminist philosophy, metaphysics, phenomenology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and social and political philosophy. Our faculty reflects a variety of approaches and methodologies, including analytic, continental, historical, and pragmatic.

Department of French and Italian
The graduate program in French offers course work and research supervision in French / Francophone literature and applied linguistics. Related courses in critical theory, philosophy, and religious studies enrich the interdisciplinary nature of our program. Our relatively small program affords students individualized attention in small seminars with the graduate faculty in French. Students work with various faculty members to get training in teaching both French language and literature.

Department of History
With more than forty full-time faculty members, the Vanderbilt History Department trains graduate students in a wide range of fields and methodological approaches, covering periods from the Middle Ages to the present.

Jewish Studies under the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion
The MA in Jewish Studies addresses those who wish to end their formal education in the field at the MA level and also those who wish to do graduate work in Jewish Studies with the expectation that they might matriculate elsewhere in a doctoral degree. Students who apply for this degree can expect to deepen their preparation in Jewish Studies and to strengthen their credentials for application to other programs.

The Center for Medicine Health and Society
Graduate study in medicine, health, and society at Vanderbilt offers an interdisciplinary Master of Arts and a graduate certificate for students interested in studying health-related beliefs and practices in their social and cultural contexts. It is available to graduate and professional students from the six participating Vanderbilt schools (A&S, Divinity, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Peabody).

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