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American Literature and Culture Graduate Certificate

Deepen your understanding of American literary works and cultural themes.

  • Format

    Online with On-Campus Options

  • Tuition


  • Total Courses


  • Next Start Term: Fall 2024

    Registration Opens July 22

What You'll Learn

Through this liberal arts graduate certificate, you will gain knowledge of the American literary form and tradition informed by political, cultural, and historical contexts.

  • Enhanced understanding of American narrative art forms–such as poetry, literature, and film–through exploration of a range of authors, genres, and historical periods.
  • Sharpened facility in narrative interpretation, critical analysis, and ability to lead discussion around American literary and cultural artifacts.
  • Expanded knowledge of the American experience and exposure to focused subject areas, such as the poetry of Emily Dickinson, the twentieth-century century American novel, and the literary works of the Civil War.

Our Community at a Glance

Going back to school doesn’t have to mean putting your life on hold. We’ve designed our courses, certificates, and degrees to give you the flexibility to pace your studies to fit your schedule.

  • 60%

    Applied Certificate to ALM degree

  • 70%

    Employed Full Time

  • 1/3

    Took Certificate Course for Personal Interest

  • 96%

    Would Recommend the Certificate

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Certificate Courses

The liberal arts graduate certificate in American Literature and Culture requires 4 courses or 16 credits.

Choose from the following course groups, using the certificate course search:

  • Humanities course group (choose any two courses from this group)
  • Social sciences course group (choose any two courses from this group)

Pre-Register for Fall 2024

Fall registration opens July 22 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Prepare early by:

  • Creating your MyDCE student account.
  • Completing the pre-registration steps.
  • Saving courses to your cart.

How to Pre-Register →

Earning Your Certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete 16 certificate credits at the graduate level.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Stacking Your Certificate Into a Degree

Stackable credential pathways allow you to earn multiple credentials by completing courses that meet overlapping requirements. In the short term, you can earn your American Literature and Culture certificate. Once completed, those four courses can count toward either a master’s degree in English, a master’s degree in government, or a master’s degree in history.

This stackable pathway offers an efficient, cost-effective way to earn short-term credentials to help fill immediate skill gaps and acquire specialized knowledge while building a foundation for long-term success that showcases your expertise in the field.

Learn how to plan a stackable credential pathway.


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2024–25 rate) $3,340 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $13,360