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Sharpen your writing and critical thinking skills with an online Literature and Culture Certificate from PennWest.

Want to expand your knowledge of the world’s literature and the culture that surrounds it while you hone your writing and critical thinking skills?

Add a Literature and Culture certificate program to your professional credentials.

Whether you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree or just want more in-depth knowledge, the Literature and Culture certificate at PennWest University can help you achieve your goals.

Take a deeper dive into various genres of literature. Explore cultural and social topics, such as World literature, literature by women or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Literature. The PennWest Literature and Culture Certificate offers a constantly changing set of literary topics from which to choose. Expand your knowledge of particular authors and topics and improve your analytical writing skills.

You will learn under the guidance of distinguished faculty who will engage and challenge you, preparing you to reap the rewards that come from understanding the value and functions of creative expression in today’s world.

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Expert faculty

Learn from professors with extensive experience in both teaching and producing their own literary critical research.

Valuable skills

Acquire the critical thinking and analytical skills employers want most.

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Careers and Salaries

When you add a Literature and Culture certificate to your bachelor’s degree, you are setting yourself up for success. The critical reading, writing and thinking skills you gain will serve you well in a variety of fields. According to, you would be a more competitive candidate for jobs in the fields of education and library science, journalism and publishing, business and law, as well as in the non-profit sector. You will also have the skills you need to go on to graduate-level studies in English, Education or Library Science.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate practical knowledge of a broad range of literatures and theoretical perspectives as well as an in-depth knowledge of a particular area of study.  
  2. Conduct ethical research and analysis that executes critical and theoretical responses to literary and cultural topics and that demonstrates a working knowledge of conventions of professional literary scholarship.  
  3. Critically assess through written and oral communication how social difference, cultural constructs, and discourses of power shape the production and interpretations of texts.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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