Graduate Certificate Program Description

Graduate Certificate

Multicultural and Transnational Literatures


The 12 semester hour online Graduate Certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures offers continuing education for post-baccalaureate and post-MA teachers, professionals, and potential graduate degree students in literatures from diverse ethnic and cultural groups that may have been excluded from mainstream literary studies.  Coursework is interdisciplinary, with emphases on genre, historical context, and critical methodologies, and a focus on ethnic American and world literatures written in English.

Receipt of the Certificate requires completion of approved coursework with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B).  Transfer hours are not accepted into the Certificate program.  The Certificate is offered completely online; no face-to-face meetings are required.  Courses follow the ECU academic calendar and are not self-paced.  Under normal circumstances, it should be possible to complete the Certificate in 12 to 18 months.


Two required courses (6 s.h.):  ENGL 6340 Ethnic American Literatures and ENGL 6360 World Literatures Written in English

Two additional courses (6 s.h.) to be selected from among:

ENGL 6330 Studies in Latino/a Literatures

ENGL 6350 Studies in Native American Literatures

ENGL 6370 Caribbean Literatures

ENGL 6380 Studies in African Literatures

ENGL 6420 Studies in Asian American Literatures

ENGL 6450 Studies in World Indigenous Literatures

ENGL 6460 Studies in African American Literature

ENGL 7350 Seminar in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures

ENGL 7365 Selected Topics in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures

Other selected topics graduate courses in related areas may be approved on an individual basis.

The Certificate can be a pathway to a Masters Degree at ECU, such as the Masters in English with a concentration in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures. However, completion of the Certificate does not guarantee admission into a graduate degree program. Application to the graduate degree program must be made separately. If all 12 s.h. of certificate credits are to count towards a graduate degree at ECU, application to the degree program must be made before half of the certificate hours (6 s.h.) have been completed. A maximum of 9 non-degree s.h. can be applied toward a graduate degree.


An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional association and an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. To apply as a certificate student, request and complete a graduate application packet from the Graduate School ( or the Division of Continuing Studies (


For more information contact:

Dr. Rick Taylor, Area Coordinator, MTL (

Professors Will Banks and Rick Taylor enjoying a play at the Globe Theatre on the London Study Abroad trip.

Many MTL students attend this trip annually to fulfill some of their course requirements and immerse themselves in the diverse possibilities of English literature.

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