Graduate Certificates

In addition to pursuing a graduate degree in English, a student may choose to complete a graduate certificate in an affiliated area. Graduate certificates are typically offered by departments, institutes, or programs. The descriptions on this page are taken from each certificate’s website or the university catalog. Please click on the links for more information.

Since the end of the Cold War, human rights have risen to prominence in both national constitutional politics and international law and governance, as well as had a significant impact upon wider areas such as health, education, the environment and economic development. Few legal/political concepts presently have such a global reach, and few concepts compel political actors to confront the tension between respecting social and cultural diversity while simultaneously identifying universal aspects of the human condition deserving of legal and other protections.

The Graduate Certificate in Human Rights draws upon the academic strengths of the University of Connecticut’s School of Law and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to introduce students to the key modern debates in this interdisciplinary field of study. The program provides a historical, literary and philosophical perspective for thinking broadly about modern human rights, an understanding of social science research on rights, conflict and governance, as well as expertise in the international conventions, treaties and case law from international courts such as the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. The courses encourage students to think critically about the strengths and limitations of the human rights framework and how they might develop an active and original research agenda in this growing field of interdisciplinary inquiry.

The Graduate Certificate in Human Rights is designed for graduate students in good academic standing enrolled at the Law School or in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences MA and PhD programs. Students must apply to the Certificate program. Application forms and details.


In virtually every field of university study, scholarship on women and gender has become increasingly influential because of its path-breaking theoretical perspectives and empirical findings. The programs of virtually every professional association testify to the vitality and presence of feminist research. The Feminist Studies Graduate Certificate can be earned by students enrolled in a Graduate Degree Program, or as a stand-alone certificate for those who have completed their undergraduate degree

Although feminist scholarship may be available in other disciplines, UConn’s Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program offers a concentrated perspective and in-depth analysis. The graduate certificate enables students to pursue interdisciplinary study in this flourishing field while enhancing their educational background by encouraging the integration of personal, academic and political experiences and ideals.

Because the program is interdisciplinary and students will approach the certificate from a range of home fields and with widely varying preparation, all certificate plans of study will be individualized. A member of the WGSS core faculty will advise each candidate in order to ensure the careful mentoring necessary to give each student’s program an interdisciplinary breadth as well as an appropriate fit with the student’s other course work and professional needs. Application forms and details.


The Freshman English Program’s Certificate in the Teaching of Writing is designed to encourage instructors to better their teaching and to reflect on their pedagogies in the context of a larger teaching—and writing—community. More information on the certificate requirements.


A complete list of graduate certificates is available through the Graduate School website.


Graduate Concentrations

  • MA students may wish to pursue an interdisciplinary concentration in American Studies. For more information, please contact the Director of American Studies, Anna Mae Duane.