Certificate in Exile Studies

The Exile Studies Certificate Program will provide grounds for entry into the field of otherness through the reading of literary texts created by authors from around the world and suggest venues for comprehension of human differences and commonalities. Literature, as one of the most important forms of human activity, synthesizes and particularizes the rich often traumatic experiences of transplantation. It “has often acted as a sort of deep bridge across geographical borders, cultural mentalities, and ideological divides.”

Studying the works of transplanted writers through the lenses of scholarly disciplines such as social sciences, arts and humanities, students in the Exile Studies Certificate Program explore the far-reaching universal implications of the phenomenon of exile.

This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students only.

  • Courses

    The curriculum for the Exile Studies Certificate consists of six courses for a total of 18 credits.

    Core Requirements:

    • LIT 422 Exile and Literature: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3)
    • LIT 4252 The Literature of Exile: A Comparative Literary Approach (3)
    • Independent Studies: Supervised Research in any relevant academic department


    • Literature (3)
    • Social Sciences (3)
    • Arts/Humanities (3)

    For a list of electives and more information, consult the Certificate Catalog

  • Application

    Current degree-seeking students should submit the Change of Program/Plan form to add a certificate.

    Change of Program/Plan

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