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WCL Global Cinema
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WCL Global Cinema graduate certificate


The Graduate Certificate in Global Cinema Studies is a nine-hour disciplinary concentration. It is open to students in all UH graduate and professional degree programs. It is also open to post-baccalaureate students seeking a graduate certificate only and teachers and professionals interested in enhancing their knowledge of transnational cinema. The Graduate Certificate in Global Cinema Studies introduces students to advanced discussions, analyses and theoretical perspectives in the discipline of World Cinema. Global Cinema Studies address the human experience from multi-ethnic and multi-cultural perspectives, and is particularly suited to the diverse UH student population and the enhancement of transcultural awareness. The courses are open to all graduate students, either in World Cultures and Literatures or in other disciplines. The Certificate will increase their chances to securing a job in the growing national and transnational market for communication and entertainment which requires cultural flexibility and a certain degree of knowledge in visual culture extending beyond U.S. cinema.

Admissions Requirements:

Students who have completed a B.A. degree, are already in a UH graduate degree program and are interested in the Graduate Certificate in Global Cinema Studies must fill out the Graduate Certificate Application and submit the printed application to the director of graduate studies, WCL, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of Houston, 3553 Cullen Boulevard, Room 612, Houston, TX 77204-3006 or via email Alessandro Carrera or Monica Ercolani.

Application Form

Certificate Recquirements:

The Graduate Certificate in Global Cinema Studies requires nine hours in film courses. Students will take WCL 6356 (World Film and Film Theory) plus two other graduate courses in national and/or transnational cinema, Asian cinema, gender and cinema or courses with a strong cinema component selected from among the courses offered at the department of modern and classical languages. Students enrolled in other departments will take WCL 6356 plus at least one course selected from among the cinema courses listed below. The remaining three hours may be selected from among cinema courses offered in other departments, upon prior approval of the director of the graduate program in world cultures and literatures.

Required course (taught in English):

WCL 6356 – World Film and Film Theory

The following courses are also taught in English:

  • WCL 6355 – Utopias and Dystopias
  • WCL 6357 – Studies in National and Transnational Cinema
  • WCL 6358 – Studies in Asian Cinema
  • WCL 6359 – World Film, Gender, and Sexuality
  • WCL 6364 – Holocaust Representations
  • WCL 6365 – World Documentary Film
  • WCL 6366 – Latin American and Latino Film
  • CLAS 6381 – Classical Antiquity in Cinema

The following courses are taught either in English or in the language of the concentration to which they belong.

Graduate students will have to check with the instructor before enrolling. Students will get language credit if they write their papers in the language of the course’s concentration.

CHNS 6350 – Studies in Chinese Cinema
FREN 6318 – French Cinema
FREN 6321 – Francophone African Cinema
GERM 6361 – History and Memory in German Cinema
ITAL 6306 – Italian Advanced Cinema

Graduate Certificate: Applied Linguistics in Teaching Chinese


The Graduate Certificate: Applied Linguistics in Teaching Chinese is a nine credit post-baccalaureate program offered by the Chinese Studies program, department of modern and classical languages (MCL). It is open to post-baccalaureate and graduate students who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills in Chinese language, culture and pedagogy in second language acquisition. The certificate prepares teaching professionals, nationally and internationally, to be educators in Chinese as a second language.

Upon completion of the certificate, those who are interested in continuing their graduate studies can apply for the M.A. program offered through MCL and transfer the 9 credit hours of the certificate toward the M.A. degree. Graduate students enrolled in the master's degree program in WCL with a concentration in Chinese Studies can concurrently pursue the Certificate. Students should alert the graduate advisor to establish a plan for both the M.A. degree and the Certificate in the system. Students will receive the Certificate in addition to the M.A. degree upon completing the required courses when applying for graduation.

The program particularly invites applicants who are:

  • Current students of M.A. programs and graduates of M.A. programs in related fields such as applied linguistics, literature, culture and language arts in and outside the U.S.
  • College graduates who majored in Chinese studies
  • Aspiring and in-service teachers at secondary and post-secondary levels
  • Chinese speakers in the U.S. certified, or not yet certified, to teach at secondary and post-secondary levels

Application Requirements

  • B.A. in Chinese studies or related areas
  • Official transcript
  • One-page statement, written in Chinese, stating why you are interested in completing the Graduate Certificate: Applied Linguistics in Teaching Chinese
  • A recommendation letter, plus names and contact information (Phone, E-Mail, Relationship to Applicant) for 2 additional references)
  • TOEFL (for international students)

Application documents should be sent to the department of MCL, 613 AH or via email to Xiaohong ‘Sharon’ Wen, director of the Chinese Studies program:

Application Form


The curriculum brings together a broad interdisciplinary range from psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and education for Chinese language teachers, both prospective and veteran. The program helps students to understand second language teaching principles and to construct their own learning experience through discussions on second language theories and empirical studies, and analysis of issues in curriculum design and instructional implementation. All the courses are online to accommodate students’ schedule and location needs.

Students must take CHNS 6373: Chinese Second Language Curriculum Design and Instruction. The course features the National Standards, Backward Design, performance and proficiency assessments, theme-based curriculum and research-based instruction. The course provides hands-on evaluation of samples of curriculum design and instructional plans.

In addition, one course from the knowledge and skill component (CHNS 6366 or 6371) and another course from the L2 Chinese research component (CHNS 6367or 6372) is required. Courses are taught in Chinese and occasionally in English depending on students’ needs.

CHNS 6366: History of the Chinese Language
CHNS 6367: Sociolinguistic Fieldwork Methods
CHNS 6371: Teaching Chinese as a 2nd Language
CHNS 6372: Studies of Chinese Language Acquisition
CHNS 6373: Chinese Second Language Curriculum Design and Instruction

WCL Global Cinema Graduate Certificate
Conctact Information

Alessandro Carrera:
Monica Ercolani:

Applied Linguistics in Teaching Chinese
Conctact Information

Xiaohong ‘Sharon’ Wen
Director of the Chinese Studies Program