Information for Current and Prospective Students

    The Unit for Criticism is an interdisciplinary forum for faculty and graduate students interested in cultural criticism and critical theory. The Unit cooperates with regular, degree-granting academic departments in coordinating a body of course offerings in criticism and theory. We also sponsor a number of on-campus activities that bring together a diverse range of scholars from various departments on campus and from around the world. Students who have participated in Unit events in the past have found that the Unit's commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship introduces them to theoretical paradigms, authors, faculty members, and other students whom they would never have been exposed to otherwise.

There are two ways in which graduate students can become affiliated with the Unit for Criticism.

  • Unit Affiliation: Students can submit the Unit Student Application Form, which, upon acceptance as a Unit Affiliate, allows access to various programs sponsored by the Unit.

  • Unit Certification: Unit Certification requires a more formal program of study, similar to a minor, allowing students to add the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory Certification to their CVs and job application letters. Certification is offered in conjunction with existing degrees at both the masters and doctoral levels. Since this is not a separate degree program, students must be accepted for graduate study by a major department and fulfill all the requirements for their major degree. click here to see a list of recently certified students

    Certification requirements:
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    -Four Unit-approved courses with critical theory content, 2 of these outside of your department.

    -Attendance at 16 Unit events, such as seminars and colloquia.

    -Completion of 1-2 posts for the Unit’s blog, Kritik.

    -A 4-5 page research statement that clarifies the role of critical theory in your research project, usually submitted once the dissertation is well under way or nearing completion.

    -Substantial writing sample, such as a seminar paper or dissertation chapter

    -Completed application form.

  • For more information, contact the Unit Graduate Assistants or the Unit director.