The PhD Graduate Certificate in American Culture Studies allows the doctoral student to develop multidisciplinary expertise beyond their home department. It also encourages the student to bring that added competence to bear in original, multidisciplinary dissertation research that satisfies the demands of the principal specialty while also charting creative new paths in broad-based scholarship. This provides the student with added benefits as they undertake innovative research, develop professional skills, and pursue careers inside and outside of academia.
In order to encourage this kind of scholarship, AMCS cultivates a community of graduate students and faculty who share interests in Americanist topics and exchange knowledge, methods, and ideas across departmental bounds. The links among graduate students across campus, as well as their access to faculty from a variety of disciplines, help to expand the scope of intellectual interaction and to avert the temptation to dwell exclusively in narrow corners of scholarly proficiency. This kind of community-building promotes the give-and-take of ideas that makes graduate study most stimulating.
Students who satisfy certificate requirements will receive the PhD Graduate Certificate in American Culture Studies along with the award of the PhD. This is one of several interdisciplinary certificates offered by the Office of Graduate Studies in Arts & Sciences, intended as credentials of special competency. The certificate helps its holders build academic careers, including interdisciplinary teaching and distinctive research profiles.