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Graduate Certificates

Graduate students making good progress in their degree are welcome to consult with the Director of Graduate Studies and the Certificate Academic Directors about the benefit of completing a Graduate Certificate during their program of study. Graduate Certificates offer graduate students an opportunity to highlight additional curricular specialization on their official University of Kansas transcript and via a diploma issued through the Office of Graduate Studies. The following Graduate Certificates are closely connected to Spanish graduate degree outcomes, but graduate students are welcome to investigate other certificate options offered through the University to best suit their professional interests.

Second Language Studies Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate program in Second Language Studies (SLS) provides an opportunity at KU for graduate students of foreign language, literature, and culture and theoretical linguistics, to add a concentration in applied linguistics and language teaching. 

Certificate Requirements:

The certificate is awarded to M.A. or Ph.D. students who successfully complete 4 graduate-level courses across disciplines (12 credits total) as outlined below:

  1. LING 700 Introduction to Linguistics or equivalent offered in each participating department.
  2. LING 715 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  3. LA&S 720 Introduction to Language Teaching Research
  4. Elective course in Second Language Studies. This may be fulfilled by a Teaching Methods course required of GTAs teaching in SPAN 801 or by other approved related courses, including those offered by the School of Education.

A student who has prior coursework deemed equivalent to any of the required courses may replace the required course with an approved elective. 

Admissions:

Current KU Students

A student must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program. A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission.  The application process entails completing the online application, payment of the $30 application fee, and submitting materials required for the Second Language Studies (SLS) Certificate:

  • A C.V. or Resume.
  • A personal statement declaring your interest in Second Language Studies and its relationship to your graduate course of study and/or career objectives.
  • One letter of recommendation from your graduate degree program.
  • A KU Advising report in lieu of an official transcript.

Online Application

Non-KU students or KU Alumni 

Non-KU students or KU Alumni must have a previously completed advanced degree in an applicable field with a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. The application process entails completing the online application, submitting materials required for the Second Language Studies (SLS) Certificate:

  • A C.V. or Resume.
  • A personal statement declaring your interest in Second Language Studies and its relationship to your graduate course of study and/or career objectives.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic work or potential for graduate study.
  • Official transcripts from any institutions where coursework related to study in your second language was completed.
Send official sealed transcripts to:

   Graduate Admissions
   1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
   Strong Hall, Room 313
   Lawrence, KS 66045

     -OR-

graduateadm@ku.edu

Contact:

Aley Pennington, Graduate Academic Advisor

aleypennington@ku.edu

 

 

Medieval and Early Modern Studies Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) provides an opportunity at KU for graduate students to add a concentration in Medieval Studies, Early Modern Studies, or a combination of both. 

Certificate Requirements: 

The certificate is awarded to M.A. or Ph.D. students who successfully complete 4 graduate-level courses across disciplines (12 credits total) drawn from a list of English, French & Italian, History of Art, History, Slavic, and Spanish & Portuguese available courses. Coursework must be approved by a MEMS advisor and include at least one course chosen from outside the student's department. No directed readings or independent studies will be accepted, but rarely-offered courses not listed below may be considered for approval.

Admission:

Current KU Students

A student must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program. A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission.  The application process entails completing the online application, payment of the $30 application fee, and submitting materials required for the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Certificate:

  • A C.V. or Resume.
  • A personal statement declaring your interest in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) and its relationship to your graduate course of study and/or career objectives.
  • An endorsement from your graduate degree program.
  • A KU Advising report in lieu of an official transcript.

Online Application

Non-KU students or KU Alumni 

Non-KU students or KU Alumni must have a previously completed advanced degree in an applicable field with a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. The application process entails completing the online application, submitting materials required for the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Certificate:

  • A C.V. or Resume.
  • A personal statement declaring your interest in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) and its relationship to your graduate course of study and/or career objectives.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic work or potential for graduate study.
  • Official transcripts from any institutions where coursework related to study in Medieval and Early Modern Studies was completed.

Online Application

Send official sealed transcripts to:

Graduate Admissions
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Strong Hall, Room 313
Lawrence, KS  66045

-OR-

graduateadm@ku.edu

Contact:

Aley Pennington, Graduate Academic Advisor

aleypennington@ku.edu

 

ENGL 610 The Literature of England to 1500
A survey of the literature of medieval England (in translation). Capstone course. Prerequisite: Prior completion of at least one 300- or 400-level English course. LEC.
ENGL 620 Renaissance English Literature: _____
A broad view of literary works written between 1485 and 1660. Surveys may be offered with a focus on a particular genre (poetry, drama, or prose), historical period (16th- or 17th-century literature), or group of authors (women writers). May be repeated for credit as the topic varies. Capstone course. Prerequisite: Prior completion of at least one 300- or 400-level English course. LEC.
ENGL 633 Milton
A close reading of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and the minor poems, with illustrative selections of prose. Capstone course. Prerequisite: Prior completion of at least one 300- or 400-level English course. LEC.
ENGL 640 British Literature, 1600-1800: _____
Study of literary works from the Restoration and eighteenth century. Topics may focus on a particular genre, theme, historical period, or group of authors. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes. Capstone course. Prerequisite: Prior completion of at least one 300- or 400-level English course. LEC.
ENGL 707 Literary Criticism to 1800
An introduction to the major writings of literary criticism, in their historical context, from Plato and Aristotle to Samuel Johnson. LEC.
ENGL 710 Introduction to Old English
A study of the grammatical features of the earliest form of written English, with readings in Old English prose and poetry. LEC.
ENGL 714 Middle English Literature
Reading of selected works in Middle English (exclusive of the works of Chaucer). LEC.
ENGL 720 Chaucer: _____
Intensive study of either the Canterbury Tales or Troilus and Criseyde and the earlier poems. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours. LEC.
ENGL 725 Shakespeare: _____
Intensive study of selected plays. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes. LEC.
ENGL 730 Topics in Early Modern Literature: _____
Intensive study of texts written between 1485 and 1800. The course may be organized around a particular genre (poetry, prose, drama), historical period (e.g. Elizabethan literature), a major author (e.g. Milton), a group of authors (e.g. women writers), or theme (e.g. literature and politics 1660-1800). Students will be expected to read and apply relevant criticism and theory as well as study primary texts. May be repeated for credit as the topic varies. LEC.
ENGL 785 History of the English Language
Historical study of the phonology, morphology, syntax, vocabulary, and semantics of English; the relation between linguistic and cultural change. LEC.
ENGL 915 Seminar in Medieval English Literature: _____
The study may center on either Old or Middle English language and literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 800. LEC.
ENGL 916 Seminar in Chaucer: _____
Prerequisite: ENGL 800. LEC.
ENGL 920 Seminar in Renaissance English Literature: _____
A close study of one or two major authors or of a group of related works. Prerequisite: ENGL 800. LEC.
ENGL 932 Seminar in Milton: _____
Prerequisite: ENGL 800. LEC.
FREN 700 Old French
Introduction to grammar and structure through the reading of representative works. LEC.
FREN 702 Provencal
Introduction to grammar and structure of the language through a reading of representative works from the Troubadour period. LEC.
FREN 740 Medieval French Literature
The literary history of the period, with a discussion of representative works, read for the most part in the original old French. LEC.
FREN 750 French Literature of the Sixteenth-Century
A survey of the major writers, covering Rabelais, Sceve, Louise Labe, Marguerite de Navarre, Ronsard, Du Bellay, Montaigne, and d'Aubigne. LEC.
FREN 763 French Drama of the Seventeenth-Century
Development of baroque and classical French drama, with emphasis on Corneille, Moliere, and Racine. LEC.
FREN 765 Nondramatic French Literature of the Seventeenth-Century
Esthetics of baroque and classicism. Emphasis on Descartes, Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, Mme de Lafayette, although other authors may be studied. LEC.
FREN 842 Arthurian Literature in France
Origins and development of Arthurian legend; analysis of major texts. Prerequisite: FREN 700. LEC.
FREN 848 Studies in Medieval French Literature: _____
Various movements, themes, or genres. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: FREN 700. LEC
FREN 850 Early Renaissance Literature
Emphasis on Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Marot, Maurice Sceve and Louise Labe. LEC.
FREN 858 Studies in Sixteenth-Century French Literature: _____
Various movements, themes, or genres. May be repeated for credit. LEC.
FREN 868 Studies in Seventeenth-Century French Literature: _____
Various movements, themes, or genres. May be repeated for credit. LEC.
ITAL 502 Dante's Divine Comedy I
Detailed study of Dante's masterpiece. Attention will also be given to such matters as the development of the Italian language at Dante's period and the relation of the Comedy to Dante's other works. Prerequisite: Reading knowledge of Italian. LEC.
ITAL 503 Dante's Divine Comedy II
Continuation of ITAL 502. Prerequisite: Completion of ITAL 502. LEC.
HA 506 Early Medieval and Romanesque Art
This course examines the art of Europe from the Early Christian era through the Romanesque period, up to 1200. Architecture, sculpture, manuscript illumination, metalwork, and painting are explored in relation to their political, religious, and social contexts. Graduate students can expect to complete additional reading and writing assignments. Prerequisite: HA 100 or HA 150, or permission of the instructor. LEC.
HA 507 Gothic Art
This course examines the art of Europe during the Gothic period, from 1140-1500. Architecture, sculpture, manuscript illumination, metalwork, painting, and furniture are explored in relation to their political, religious, and social contexts. Graduate students can expect to complete additional reading and writing assignments. Prerequisite: HA 100 or HA 150, or permission of instructor. LEC.
HA 510 Medieval Manuscripts and Early Printed Books
Students study the history of the book from 300 to 1500 A.D., concentrating on the role of visual imagery in books and the place of books in medieval and renaissance culture. In addition to discussing the relation between text and image, and studying the stylistic contexts for ancient, medieval, and Renaissance illumination and early woodcut illustration, participants in this course consider such additional topics as methods of book production, the development of cycles of illustration for religious and secular books, and the relationship between manuscripts and early printed books. Lectures and discussions are supplemented by visits to the fine collection of manuscripts, printed books, and facsimiles in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Prerequisite: An introductory course in Western art history at the college level, or consent of the instructor. LEC.
HA 576 Art in the Age of Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer: Northern Baroque
Seventeenth-century art in the northern and southern Netherlands with emphasis on paintings of Rubens and Rembrandt. Prerequisite: HA 100, HA 151, or the equivalent, or consent of instructor. LEC.
HA 577 Italian Baroque Art
This course explores the history of art and architecture in Italy during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The visual culture of the Italian Baroque is examined in terms of style, patronage, and religious or secular function. Attention is also paid to art theory, practice, gender issues, and foreign artists working in Italy, as well as understanding and interpreting primary sources. Prerequisite: HA 100/HA 300, HA 151, or consent of instructor. LEC.
HA 593 Special Study in Medieval Art: _____
This course is designed for the study of special topics in medieval art, including courses taken through study abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. The same topic may not be taken at both the 300 and 500-levels. Prerequisite: An appropriate introductory-level course in art history, or consent of the instructor. LEC.
HA 594 Special Study in Renaissance Art: _____
This course is designed for the study of special topics in Renaissance art, including courses taken through study abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. The same topic may not be taken at both the 300 and 500-levels. Prerequisite: An appropriate introductory-level course in art history, or consent of the instructor. LEC.
HA 595 Special Study in Baroque Art: _____
This course is designed for the study of special topics in Baroque art, including courses taken through study abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. The same topic may not be taken at both the 300 and 500-levels. Prerequisite: An appropriate introductory-level course in art history, or consent of the instructor. LEC.
HA 920 Seminar in Early Medieval Art: _____
HA 925 Seminar in Late Medieval Art: _____
A study of selected problems dealing with the art of the later Middle Ages. Different topics are offered in different semesters. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 12 credit hours. SEM.
HA 935 Seminar in Northern Renaissance Art: _____
A concentrated study of one or two artists, monuments, or movements. Different topics are offered in different semesters. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 12 credit hours. SEM.
HA 940 Seminar in 17th Century Art: ______
A concentrated study of one or two artists, monuments, or movements. Different topics are offered in different semesters. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 12 credit hours. SEM.
HIST 513 Early Medieval Culture
The formation of a new civilization in Western Europe between the decline of the Roman Empire and the First Crusade is the central stress in this topical study of the institutions and ideas characteristic of the Latin West, 300-1100. LEC.
HIST 515 The Crusades in Cross-Cultural Perspective
This course examines the development and evolution of the crusade as well as the history of the crusading movement from the 11th to the 15th centuries. Through an analysis of documents from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim perspectives, this course aims to consider "the Crusades" in the broadest possible context. One of the key questions to be addressed in this course is: how did these expeditions to the Holy Land both reflect and influence cross-cultural relations in the medieval Mediterranean World? LEC.
HIST 516 Later Medieval Culture
The civilization of Medieval Europe at its height (1100-1350); its subsequent disintegration and transformation. LEC.
HIST 519 The European Intellectual History of the Seventeenth-Century
HIST 520 The Age of the Renaissance
A survey of economic, political, social, and cultural developments in Italy in the 14th and 15th centuries, with special attention to those elements in the life of the age which look forward to the modern world. LEC.
HIST 521 The Age of the Reformation
The Protestant revolt of the 16th century. LEC.
HIST 522 The Age of Religious Wars, 1540-1648
The Catholic or Counter-Reformation and the wars of religion, including the Thirty Years War. LEC.
HIST 541 British History, Tudors and Stuarts
An introduction to the impact on the British Isles of the Reformation and Renaissance; the development of the Tudor state; Parliament; the Stuart monarchy; the Anglican counter-reformation; civil war; the Cromwellian experiment. Prerequisite: A prior history course, or permission of the instructor. LEC.
HIST 545 British History from Monarchy to Democracy
A study of Britain's recovery from civil war; state formation and national identity; ideological conflict; the Revolution of 1688; religion and secularization; social stability and commercial expansion; reform; threats to the state, and the American revolution; Britain's survival of the French Revolution; the breakdown of the ancient regime in 1828-32. Prerequisite: A prior history course, or permission of the instructor. LEC.
HIST 551 Spain and its Empire, 1450-1700
This course will examine the society and culture of Spain in the period known as "the Golden Age." Subjects that will receive attention include rural and urban society, economic and political organization of the Spanish and American peoples in the early years of the conquest, the place of women in society, the social basis for "Golden Age" culture, and the debate over the "decline of Spain. LEC.
HIST 564 Medieval Russia
Political, economic, social, cultural, and religious developments of Russia from the beginnings of the Russian state in the 9th Century through the 17th Century. LEC.
HIST 587 Age of Shoguns: Early Modern Japan
Early modern Japan (16th to 19th century) examines the history, culture, and patterns of life during an era of rigid social control but artistic brilliance. After a historical overview of the period, students will explore topics including the social structure, travel, religion, thought, and the formation of traditional cultural forms such as Kabuki theater. (Same as EALC 587.) Prerequisite: An earlier course in history or East Asian languages and cultures, or permission of the instructor. LEC.
HIST 605 Medieval Japan
The course examines the history of Japan from the end of the ancient period (c. 1200 AD) through the medieval era (approximately 1573). Issues covered include the formation and destruction of the Kamakura and Muromachi warrior governments, medieval religious life and culture. Writing assignments provide students with opportunities to gain familiarity with historical methods for analysis and to strengthen their written expression. Not open to students who have taken HIST/EALC 586. LEC.
HIST 833 Colloquium in British History, 1500-1660
This course will engage with recent scholarship on the Renaissance and Reformation, the Civil War, and the English Republic. LEC.
HIST 856 Colloquium in Modern European History I - Renaissance to the French Revolution
This course will concentrate on a number of selected topics in the history of Europe between the Renaissance and the French Revolution. Emphasis will be placed upon certain problems within this period and the recent historiography that deals with them. The first in a sequence of colloquia in Modern European History. Required for European history graduate students and students majoring in other fields whose secondary fields correspond to this time frame. LEC.
HIST 857 Colloquium in Modern European History II - Major Themes in Early Modern History
This course will concentrate on a number of selected topics in early modern European history. Emphasis will be placed upon certain problems within this period and the recent historiography that deals with them. The second in a sequence of colloquia in Modern European History. Required for European history graduate students and students majoring in other fields whose secondary fields correspond to this time frame. LEC.
HIST 918 Elements of Latin Paleography
Introduction to the techniques of reading, dating, and localizing medieval Latin manuscripts. LEC.
SLAV 626 The Cultural Impact of the Ottoman Empire on the South Slavs
An examination of the cultural development of the South Slavs in the context of the Ottoman invasions and subsequent rule (14th-19th century), focusing on the frontier aspects of the Balkans, military culture, religion, economics and banditry, as well as other aspects of material and folk culture. No language requirement. Prerequisite: SLAV 316 or SLAV 508; or consent of instructor. LEC.
SLAV 748 Old Church Slavic
A course in the first written language of the Slavs (9-12th centuries AD), with discussion of Indo-European, Baltic, and Common Slavic background. Prerequisite: Two years of Russian or the study of another ancient Indo-European language. LEC.
SLAV 820 Old Russian Literature: Beginnings to 1700
Readings of selected texts in Russian. Prerequisite: SLAV 752. LEC.
SPAN 722 Special Topics in Spanish Literature: _____
The content of this course will vary, and the course may be taken more than once with full credit, provided there is no duplication in the material studied. Prerequisite: A survey course in Spanish peninsular literature taught in Spanish. LEC.
SPAN 730 Topics in the Literature of 13th- and 14th-Century Iberia: _____
A theoretically informed study of representative works from 13th- and 14th-century Iberia. Course may be repeated for credit provided that the topic changes. LEC.
SPAN 733 Print Culture in Early Modern Spain
A study of the literature produced during the period of early printed books with an emphasis on the diffusion of new literary forms during the late 15th- and early 16th-centuries. LEC.
SPAN 735 Poetry and Sentimental Romance in Fifteenth-Century Castile
Survey of the poetry and prose of the fifteenth century with particular attention to the literature produced during the reign of Isabel de Castilla. LEC.
SPAN 739 Topics in Early Modern Spanish Drama: _____
Selected plays of such authors as Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderón, and Maria de Zayas. Course may be repeated for credit provided that the topic changes. LEC.
SPAN 742 Topics in the Early Modern Spanish Prose: _____
From the Celestina to the middle of the seventeenth century. Course may be repeated for credit provided that the topic changes. LEC.
SPAN 744 Topics in Early Modern Spanish Poetry: _____
A theoretically informed study of selected works of poetry in Spanish from the 15th through the 17th centuries. Course may be repeated for credit provided that the topic changes LEC.
SPAN 745 Don Quixote
Linguistic and literary study. Examination of traditional interpretations. The life and thought of Cervantes. Theoretical readings. LEC.
SPAN 792 Topics in the Picaresque Novel: _____
A theoretically informed study of the picaresque mode in Spanish and Spanish-American literature. Course may be repeated for credit provided that the topic changes. LEC.
SPAN 962 Seminar: Cervantes: _____
LEC.