Doctoral Certificate in Collaborative Humanities

The Doctoral Certificate in Collaborative Humanities promotes interactive forms of cross-disciplinary work oriented toward the most challenging questions facing humanities research today. Collaboration is built through research practices dedicated to thinking together across disciplines and geographical locations. The program advances forms of inquiry through teaching models and student practices that experiment with group presentations, collaborative online discussions, co-authored seminar papers, and other forms of intellectual partnership. The doctoral certificate is part of the Institute's Collaborative Humanities Initiative and is directed by Amanda Anderson.


  • An expanded sense of intellectual community for doctoral students in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences.
  • An intensive, unique form of interdisciplinary training, with emphasis on collaborative research, critical reflection on humanistic methods, and the development of collaborative skills.
  • A valuable and distinctive credential for graduate students to advance their professional careers.


  • Three team-taught seminars (HMAN 2400 series) by core program faculty, ideally taken in succession. Seminars are organized around a key interdisciplinary topic, with an emphasis on theoretical and methodological questions. Collaborations are built into the course requirements and may include group presentations, collaborative online discussions, co-authored seminar papers as well as other forms of intellectual partnership.
  • A fourth seminar titled Project Development Workshop (HMAN 2500), taught in the Spring semesters and to be taken sometime after completion of at least two HMAN 2400 courses and admission to the certificate program. Projects in development for this workshop can be individual or collaborative and might include a dissertation chapter, an article on method/theory, or a stand-alone essay related to the larger field. All those enrolling will submit a proposed project and formal application to the certificate program before the start of the semester. In addition to workshop sessions on students’ projects, students will also discuss key texts considering larger questions of disciplinary and interdisciplinary method.
  • Participation in the annual Collaborative Public Workshops, in which participants in the Project Development Workshop present individual or collaborative work in a public forum, to a broad audience of humanities faculty and students. Participation includes presentation in one of the workshops and attendance of at least one additional workshop.

Admission to the Certificate Program

Courses in the HMAN 2400 series are open to all students, and we welcome indications of intent to pursue the certificate at any time. Formal application to the program normally takes place:

  • either at the moment that a student prepares to enter the spring semester Project Development Workshop (HMAN 2500), between September 28 and November 2, 2020 for the Spring 2021 Project Development Workshop. Completing at least two HMAN 2400 courses is a prerequisite to enroll in the Project Development Workshop (HMAN 2500).
  • or in conjunction with applications for the Cogut Collaborative Humanities Fellowship.

Please submit the following materials through UFunds (select "Doctoral Certificates," then "Collaborative Humanities"):

  1. A 1- or 2-page single-spaced statement explaining why the Collaborative Humanities program is important to your academic and professional goals.
  2. A 200-250 word description of your proposed project for the Project Development Workshop. Examples of projects include but are not limited to: a dissertation chapter, an article on method/theory, or a stand-alone essay related to the larger field. (This description is not requested as part of fellowship applications.)
  3. A timeline of collaborative humanities courses (HMAN 2400) completed or to be completed for the Doctoral Certificate in Collaborative Humanities (see the template).
  4. A C.V.

In addition, you should request:

  1. A letter from your primary advisor indicating support for your enrollment in the certificate program.
  2. A brief statement form to be completed by your departmental Director of Graduate Studies indicating that you are in good standing and that the department supports your pursuit of the certificate.

Questions? Please contact Damien Mahiet, Associate Director.