Graduate Certificate: Cultural Analytics

What is Cultural Analytics?

“Cultural Analytics” refers to the analysis of cultural objects assisted by computers.

Much of modern culture exists in digital form. Digital versions of traditional humanistic materials—books, films, paintings, sculptures, and artifacts―are readily available for study. Graduate students who work with digital materials benefit from specialized training in managing and manipulating their materials, so that they can take full advantage of its digital form.

What is the Cultural Analytics program?

Open to all students, the program is an interdisciplinary effort by the College of Liberal Arts, Klein College of Media and Communication, Tyler School of Art, the School of Education, the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, the College of Science and Technology, and Temple University Libraries. We work together to train graduate students how to use computational methods to study images, books, objects, and other cultural products.

The certificate program prepares students for advanced research in their discipline by allowing them to specialize in the specific skills that are most relevant to their research. It encourages participants to work within one of the following focal areas:

  • data visualization
  • mapping and geographic information systems
  • basic programming
  • research design and analysis
  • statistics
  • social media research
  • text encoding and analysis
  • virtual environments

Because of the intersecting needs for training in these methods, we recognize that we can offer a stronger certificate program by joining forces than by creating overlapping programs on our own. The course of study supplements instruction offered by each student's degree program by enabling students to learn the techniques they need to use cultural analytics professionally in the dissertation, thesis, or culminating event.

As such, it strengthens their degree-related research and leads to more innovative projects and grant-funding possibilities than would otherwise be possible. Students are expected to work closely with their academic adviser throughout their certificate progress.

What are the program requirements?

Students must take 9 credits of coursework and a variable credit (0-1) practicum to complete the Certificate.

The curriculum begins with an introductory course that surveys the full range of current research methods in the field, so that students are aware of the different techniques they can apply to their own research questions. This survey is followed by two electives selected from a list of courses that represent the distinct methodological emphases in the field, giving students a chance to gain a solid understanding of the conceptual and technical material they need to master.

The concluding experience is a workshop in which students complete a research project for the dissertation, thesis, or culminating event. The workshop is overseen by staff from the Scholars Studio of Temple Libraries. This facility has both the equipment and the technical expertise to guide students in the process of completing their projects, and the workshop format gives all participating students a community to work with during the process.

Because this final project is intended as part of their graduate program, students are required to work closely with their academic adviser. Both the workshop director and academic adviser must assign a passing grade to the final project for successful completion of the certificate program.

Why should I apply?

The certificate will be a valuable asset for students seeking academic careers. While the overall number of tenure track jobs has declined in recent years, the prevalence of listings requiring skills in digital research or analytics has increased.

The certificate also opens up new career paths for students interested in using their M.A., M.S, M.F.A., or Ph.D. outside the academy. These skills enhance their chances for finding positions in a range of careers, from private businesses to museums and archives.

How do I apply?

Fall and Spring: Admission is on a rolling basis. Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at Temple University must submit a  personal statement of no more than 250 words and complete the Internal Application Form.

Applicants not currently enrolled at Temple are welcome. Please submit a  personal statement of no more than 250 words and complete the External Application Form. External applicants must also submit official transcripts for all coursework taken since high school, whether or not a degree was earned from the institution(s). Evidence of the award of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university must be shown.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: Applicants already admitted to a graduate degree program at Temple University have demonstrated that they possess the required bachelor's degree. Applicants not currently enrolled in a Temple University graduate degree program and applicants enrolled in a graduate degree program at another university must submit official transcripts for all coursework taken since high school, whether or not a degree was earned from the institution(s). Evidence of the award of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must be shown.

Additional Requirements for Students Not Currently Enrolled in a Graduate Degree Program at Temple University:

  • Two letters of recommendation from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant’s academic ability and accomplishments.
  • A personal statement of no more than 250 words indicating interests, plans, and objectives within the field of Cultural Analytics.
 


Questions and Contacts

Certificate program information and admissions
cac-program@temple.edu

Digital Scholarship Center/Scholars Studio
Samuel L. Paley Library, Ground Floor
1210 Polett Walk Philadelphia, PA 19122
digitalscholarship@temple.edu