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Timothy Francisco, Certificate Director

DeBartolo Hall 216

(330) 941-3425

This four-course certificate (12 semester hours) is designed to provide students with an in­terdisciplinary overview of the history and political and cultural meanings of working-class life. Program emphasis is on concepts of class, work, and identity, as well as strategies from multiple disciplines for gaining insight into working-class culture. For graduate students and working professionals, this program will provide an in-depth look at local history, local working-class culture, and the lives and experiences of local working people. For educators at middle and high school levels, this program will enhance their teaching careers by increasing their knowledge about working-class culture, issues, and pedagogy while satisfying certain professional develop­ment requirements of local school districts. Frequency of course offerings allows most students to finish the certificate within one year.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this graduate certificate must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at YSU.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Requirements

AMER 5850Class and Culture3
AMER 6910Introduction to Working-Class Studies3
AMER 6970Teaching Working-Class Studies3
ENGL 6923Working Class Literature3
HIST 6939Labor in US History3
HIST 6945Interpretation and Preservation of the Industrial Built Environment3
MGT 5845Work in America3

Students may also petition to have one relevant topics course in English, history, or manage­ment count toward the certificate. Students may complete the certificate as a stand-alone pro­gram or in conjunction with a master’s degree in American studies, business, English, historic preservation, or history. Students taking the certificate as part of a master’s program may count two of the four certificate courses toward the master’s degree. To complete the certificate, the remaining two courses must be taken as additional credits.