Cultural Studies Graduate Certificate

Students who complete the Cultural Studies Certificate Program will, upon completion of their home department’s Ph.D. program, be awarded the Ph.D. in “[home department] and cultural studies.” Ph.D. students from all departments at Stony Brook are eligible; M.A./M.F.A. students may also apply and be admitted by the director of cultural studies.

The Cultural Studies Certificate program is designed for graduate students whose interests are not fully served by traditional Humanities and Social Science departments but who seek to be employed by such departments as they continue to adapt and evolve in a changing disciplinary and interdisciplinary landscape. The certificate is administered through the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory (CAT), in conjunction with the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook. CLCS’s strengths lie primarily in literary and cultural theory, cinema and media studies, visual culture studies, and cross-cultural studies, as reflected in the Department’s popular undergraduate major in Cinema and Cultural Studies. A network of Cultural Studies affiliated faculty represent a wide range of areas in disciplines including Africana Studies, Art History and Studio Art, Asian and Asian American Studies, Digital Art, Culture and Technology (cDACT), English, European and Hispanic Languages, History, Music, Philosophy, and Women’s Studies. The Certificate Program is open to students enrolled in any of Stony Brook’s Ph.D. programs. M.A./M.F.A students may be admitted on approval of the Director of Cultural Studies, who will advise students in tailoring the program to their specific needs. The Certificate will be awarded upon completion of the 15-credit sequence (two core courses and three electives), which may also be counted toward the Ph.D. in the student’s home department.

Course Requirements

CST 510:         History of Cultural Studies

CST 609:         Topics in Cultural Theory

Three additional 3-credit CST elective courses are also required. These will normally be included in a list of electives published in the semester prior to their being offered (available in the Cultural Analysis and Theory Department). Students may request that other relevant courses be approved to count as electives by contacting the director of cultural studies. Please be aware that a maximum of 6 graduate credits earned prior to the student being matriculated into the secondary program can be applied to the secondary program.

For more information, contact:

Prof. Lisa Diedrich, Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies Work Sheet

Permission to Enroll in a Secondary Program

Application for Cultural Studies Certificate


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Co-Sponsored Events

Summer 2015

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) is the world's oldest organization dedicated to the study, analysis, and teaching of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. On June 25-27, 2015, the annual conference will be held on Stony Brook campus, with scholars and writers from around the world in attendance (US, Canada, England, France, Germany, Poland, Israel, Russia, Brazil, Japan, China).

The topic of this year's conference is: The SF We Don't (Usually) See: Suppressed Histories, Liminal Voices, Emerging Media. The full conference website is at:

CAT Colloquium Series

April 29, 2015
Professor Raiford Guins, "Atari Modern: A Design History of Atari's Coin-Op Cabinets, 1972-1979"
AC Deger, "Jumping Puzzles: Bringing 'Platforming' to Platform Studies"

April 1, 2015

Professor Gregory Ruf will be presenting "The Legend of White Horse: A haunting tale of community origins" and Laura Abbasi-Lemon will be presenting "On MILFs: The Rise of the Pornified New Momism."

Humanities Institute
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Provost's Graduate Student 

Lecture Series

Speaker: Beth Tsai
Lecture: Tsai Ming-liang at the Museum: Cinephilia, the French Connection, and Cinema in the Gallery 

Humanities Institute room 1008, Wednesday, February 25,2015, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Co-Sponsored Events

Spring 2015

The Future(s) of Post-Socialism
Stony Brook University
April 17-18, 2015

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2015 Philosophy and the Arts Conference

 Outsides Schedule 2015.pdf

March 27th and 28th, 2015 in Manhattan

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Susan Bordo, Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University Kentucky

March 25, 2015  - 11:00 -1:00 p.m. 

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Italy across the Mediterranean:
Politics, Space, and Visual Culture from the Middle Ages to Early Modernity


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New MA/PhD in Women's and Gender Studies

The Department is pleased to announce that the new MA/PhD program in Women's and Gender Studies has received official certification.  "Click here for more information"


Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Kudos Newsletter 

        June 2015

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