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Cultural Analytics Certificate Program

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 Certificate?

This graduate certificate in Cultural Analytics trains students in humanistic and non-scientific fields how to use computational methods to analyze cultural objects and produce digital media. It is open to all Temple graduate students, as well as non-matriculated students who have completed a BA, and is an interdisciplinary effort by the College of Liberal Arts, Klein College of Media and Communication, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, the College 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.

This Certificate facilitates work on a dissertation, thesis, or culminating event by offering training in these technical skills along with the conceptual background needed to understand the opportunities and obstacles each method brings with it. Students must take 9 credits of coursework and a variable credit (0-1) practicum to complete the Certificate. The introductory course surveys the range of methods. Students then select two electives from the focal areas needed for their own research interests. Finally, students complete a project of their own design in the Practicum, a semester-long workshop offered by the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio of Temple University Libraries. For students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, the final project will be part of the dissertation or thesis and will be overseen by their academic adviser. 

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. 

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is expected. 

Internal Applicants: Applicants already admitted to a graduate degree program at Temple University have demonstrated that they possess the required bachelor's degree. Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at Temple University must submit the Internal Application Form, including a 250-statement addressing how the certificate fits within their research focus and career goals. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be submitted by the add/drop deadline to ensure enrollment in any given semester.

Non-Matriculated Students: Applicants not currently enrolled in Temple University graduate programs are welcome. Non-matriculated students must have a minimum of a BA from an accredited university. For more information, please visit our page on requirements for non-matriculated students.

Certificate Completion Requirements

Students enrolled in a Temple graduate program must take 9 credits of coursework and a variable credit (0-1) practicum to complete the Certificate. Non-matriculated students must take the practicum for one credit, in addition to the 9 credits of coursework.The time limit for Certificate Completion is 3 years. The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis.

For more information on Certificate Requirements and Available Courses, see here.


Interim Program Director:
Dr. Adrienne Shaw

CAC program administrator:
Marianne Moll

Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio
Charles Library, 3rd Floor
1900 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
For Advisement, email: digitalscholarship@temple.edu 


The Certificate is awarded through the Kelin College of Media and Communication. More information on the college can be found by visiting their office or contacting the below administrators.

Office of Research and Graduate Studies
Klein College of Media and Communication
2020 North 13th Street AH 344, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Graduate Office Director:
Nicole McKenna

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies:
Patrick Murphy

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Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio
Charles Library, 3rd Floor
1900 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122