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Requirements

The Certificate Program in Critical Theory is open only to students already enrolled in Ph.D. programs at the Graduate Center. Candidates for the Certificate must take a total of five courses (15 credits) in Critical Theory: one required core course and four elective courses.

The core course (CTCP 71088 Critical Theory: Foundations and Practices) is an interdisciplinary survey of the most prominent theorists and movements, emphasizing their historical emergence, evolution, and impact as well as their practical applications. A wide range of theoretical approaches are studied, including structuralism, deconstruction, phenomenology, post-colonialism, Marxism, hermeneutics, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, and gender studies.

The four elective courses originate in Ph.D. programs throughout the Graduate Center. Each semester, the Critical Theory program lists the courses that may be used to fulfill the certificate’s elective requirement. Please visit the Courses page for the current semester’s elective course offerings.


Core Course: CTCP 71088 Critical Theory: Foundations and Practices (offered Spring 2015)


This course will explore both the historical formation of philosophical critique and contemporary developments in critical theory in a global context. We will engage with literary, sociological, psychological, political, and philosophical dimensions of critical theory as it seeks to describe and evaluate modern and post-modern society and cultural production. Through presentations, short written assignments and a final paper, students will be encouraged to question and develop these approaches within and across their own fields. Readings may be drawn from a variety of sources including Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, Habermas, Althusser, Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida, Bhabha, Spivak, Butler, Nancy, Rancière, Žižek, Laclau and Mouffe.