Graduate Certificate: Cultural Analytics


Learn more about the graduate certificate in Cultural Analytics.

About the Certificate

The graduate certificate in Cultural Analytics at Temple University is an interdisciplinary effort by faculty members in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, College of Education and Human Development, College of Liberal Arts, Lew Klein College of Media and Communication, Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, and College of Science and Technology, as well as librarians in Temple University Libraries and its Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio. This certificate program trains students in humanistic and non-scientific fields in the use of computational methods to analyze cultural objects.

"Cultural Analytics" refers to the analysis of cultural objects assisted by computer technology and quantitative methods. Sometimes called "digital humanities," the field developed in response to the digitization of archival materials, books, museum objects and paintings, making it possible to analyze cultural objects using methods more familiar to computer scientists and statisticians than to humanists or qualitative social scientists.

Much of modern culture originates in digital form. Digital versions of traditional humanistic materials — artifacts, books, films, paintings and sculptures — are readily available for study. Graduate students who work with digital materials benefit from specialized training in managing and manipulating their materials so that they can take full advantage of the digital format. Students are prepared for advanced research in their discipline by allowing them to specialize in the specific skills that are most relevant to their research. Participants are encouraged to work within one of the following focal areas:

  • Basic programming
  • Data visualization
  • Mapping and geographic information systems
  • Research design and analysis
  • Social media research
  • Statistics
  • Text encoding and analysis
  • Virtual environments

The certificate program in Cultural Analytics facilitates work on a dissertation, thesis or culminating event by offering training in these technical skills along with the conceptual background needed to understand the opportunities and obstacles each method brings with it.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 3 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact a Klein College admissions advisor for more information.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to the graduate certificate program. When they complete 9 credits, they must declare their intention to complete the graduate certificate in Cultural Analytics by completing and submitting the “Non-Degree Seeking Student Request to Exceed 9 Credits of Graduate Coursework for Certificate Program," found in TUportal under the Tools tab within “University Forms.”

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Fall and Spring admissions are on a rolling basis.

To enroll in a given academic term, current students must apply no later than the add/drop deadline for that term. Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at Temple University must submit a personal statement of no more than 250 words and complete the Internal Application Form.

Applicants not currently enrolled at Temple are welcome, and applications are due August 1 for enrollment in the Fall term. Complete the External Application Form.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: Applicants already admitted to a graduate degree program at Temple University have demonstrated that they possess the required bachelor's degree. Applicants not currently enrolled in a Temple University graduate degree program and applicants enrolled in a graduate degree program at another university must submit official transcripts for all coursework taken since high school, whether or not a degree was earned from the institution(s). Evidence of the award of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must be shown.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 9 for matriculated students; 10 for non-matriculated students

Required Courses:

Core Courses
CLA 5019Introduction to Cultural Analytics 13
MMC 9087Cultural Analytics Practicum 20-1
Select two from the following:
Data Visualization
The Art of Infographics
Geovisualization 3
Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems
Cartographic Design
Scripting for Sciences and Business
Data Structures and Objects
Research Design
Special Topics in Site and Context 4
Digital Qualitative Research Methods
Graduate Data Analysis 3
Social Media
Advanced Topic/MMC I 4
Emerging Media and Communication
Social Media Analytics
Introduction to Statistics and Research
Inferential and Multivariate Statistics 5
Textual Data
Introduction to Digital Text Methods
Foundations in Digital Humanities for the Study of Religion
Virtual Environments
Graduate Representation Intensive 1
Graduate Representation Intensive 2
Arch Research Seminar 3 4
Total Credit Hours9-10

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Administering Unit:

Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio

Charles Library, 3rd Floor

1900 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Lead Academic Unit:

Lew Klein College of Media and Communication

Office of Research and Graduate Studies

2020 N. 13th Street, 344 Annenberg Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6015


Fax: 215-204-0310

Submission Address for Official Electronic Transcripts:

Marianne Moll

Program Administrator

Department Contacts:

Certificate Program Admissions:

Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio

Nicole McKenna

Lew Klein College of Media and Communication

Patrick Murphy

Lew Klein College of Media and Communication

Certificate Program Information:

Dr. Adrienne Shaw

Program Director