The certificate program issued by the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life teaches you how to use oral history as a tool to advance social justice. The certificate program is a 15-hour experience for non-credit students and consists of five on-demand courses. In total, the program will provide learners with the following experiences:
- Explore the method of oral history and the ways it can be used for social justice and community organizing;
- Discover practical guides, tips, and resources for designing and completing each step in an oral history project;
- Understand ethical approaches for planning and implementing oral history projects;
- Review notable oral history projects; and
- Analyze key articles from leaders in the field.
Each course is designed to stand on its own, but the courses are most comprehensive when completed together as presented in this HUM 300 certificate program. The first focuses on the origins of Oral History as a formal methodology and the second delves into oral history’s relationship to social justice and ethical issues. Courses HUM 303, HUM 304, and HUM 305 provide more technical instruction on the tools and skills needed to successfully plan, collect, and archive oral history narratives.
▸ In HUM 301 Introduction to Oral History, you will explore the origins of Oral History as a formal methodology and narrative research approach.
▸ In HUM 302 Oral History and Social Justice, you will investigate critical approaches for narrative driven social change and familiarize yourself with ethical frameworks for community-based oral histories.
▸ In HUM 303 Oral History Project Planning, you will review best practices for designing a new research project, including seeking consent, identifying and recruiting narrators, and pre-interview preparation.
▸ In HUM 304 Conducting Oral History Interviews, you will learn interviewing techniques, including listening and questioning styles, time management, and recording equipment.
▸ In HUM 305 Archiving and Curating Oral Histories, you will learn how to process, transcribe, and code transcripts. You will explore best practices for narrator follow-up, editing, and archiving. You will also identify engagement strategies for educating communities about your findings.