Few fields signify the life of the mind more than "critical theory"—whether literary, political, feminist, psychoanalytic, social, or post-colonial. The commitment to critical theory is one of Wesleyan’s greatest and most distinctive strengths. To help students develop proficiency, the social, cultural, and critical theory certificate (SCCT) encourages students to seek out theory-intensive courses in a wide range of disciplines and departments at Wesleyan.

What You'll Study

  • To qualify for the certificate, students must successfully complete six courses hosted by at least three different departments or programs.
  • Possible topics of study include social theory, cultural theory, critical media studies, continental and social philosophy, political theory, intellectual history and historiography, post-colonial theory, critical race studies, feminist theory, psychoanalytic theory, literary theory, film theory, musicology and music theory, aesthetic theory, religion and ontotheology, political economy, and science studies.
  • Of the six courses that count for the certificate, no more than two may be lecture courses.