Admissions to the Graduate Certificate in the Public Humanities is suspended as of Fall 2021.  For further questions, please contact Megan Massino at

Graduate students pursuing degrees in any program at UW–Madison are welcome to seek admission into the Graduate Certificate in the Public Humanities. Students can declare their intention to pursue the certificate at any time. To receive the certificate, they must complete an application form, and are welcome to submit it at any time for review and feedback from the Associate Director, Megan Massino. The application requires final approval by a faculty subcommittee of the Center for the Humanities’ advisory committee.

There are no formal prerequisites for matriculation into the graduate certificate program in terms of coursework. However, only those students with B.A. or B.S. degrees from accredited colleges or universities who are currently enrolled graduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are permitted to enter the graduate certificate program. Special students and undergraduates are ineligible to receive the certificate.

Graduate students pursuing any degree in any program at UW–Madison are invited to obtain a Graduate Certificate in the Public Humanities. The certificate is not a stand-alone program. Students who wish to receive the Graduate Certificate in the Public Humanities must take a core course, INTER-LS 700 Public Humanities: Theories, Methods, Cases offered each year, and develop a coherent, thematic sequence of three additional courses, for a total of 12 credits. All students also are required to undertake a capstone project.

  1. a. Discover inherent value of working collaboratively with constituencies outside of the university, especially community based program partners. b. Learn how to more effectively assess the needs and capacities of program partners and community organizations in general. c. Advance the Wisconsin Idea and its of community engagement across racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural differences.
  2. a. Recognize public cultures through institutions, publication, program development and public intellectual, art, and criticism. b. Gain understanding of Public Humanities as emerging/significant field and its academic/nonacademic value. c. Understand foundations of Public Humanities/current discussions about its nature/value. d. Develop concepts/skills translating humanities for nonacademics.
  3. a. Be able to critically analyze and engage with the role of the public intellectual. b. Develop alternative applications for scholarly research and training for use in a broader context.

Affiliated Faculty

Laurie Beth Clark

Art History
Preeti Chopra

Asian American Studies
Lynet Uttal

Alex Dressler

Communication Arts
Robert Asen
Rob Howard (also Comparative Literature)
Jenell Johnson
Susan Zaeske

Comparative Literature
Vinay Dharwadker
Mary Layoun

Curriculum and Instruction
Simone Schweber
Bernadette Baker

Michael Bernard-Donals
Joshua Calhoun
Sara Guyer
Russ Castronovo
Tejumola Olaniyan

Folklore Studies
Janet Gilmore
Jim Leary

French and Italian
Ernesto Livorni

Gender and Women's Studies
Christine Garlough
Ellen Samuels (also English)

Kris Olds
Keith Woodward

Sabine Gross
Venkat Mani

Giuliana Chamedes
Nan Enstad
Stephen Kantrowitz
Jennifer Ratner Rosenhagen

History of Science
Dayle Delancey (also Med. Hist. and Bioethics)
Florence Hsia
Gregg Mitman

Journalism and Mass Communication
Greg Downey (also SLIS)
Jo Ellen Fair

Harry Brighouse
Daniel Hausman
Steve Nadler

Political Science
John Zumbrunnen

School of Human Ecology
Connie Flanagan
Marc Nelson

School of Library and Information Studies
Jonathan Senchyne
Ethelene Whitmire

Slavic Languages and Literature
Tomislav Longinovic

Spanish and Portugese
Ellen Sapega
Ksenija Bilbija

Theatre and Drama
Michael Peterson