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Applied Storytelling

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Applied Storytelling is designed to provide students with an understanding of universal themes and basic practices, which are the foundation for storytelling. The program provides interactive storytelling training, which will enhance the skills of persons in areas such as education, the performing arts, community advocacy, workforce and business entrepreneurship, mental health, the ministry, and interpretive settings such as museums and parks. This program will also aid students interested in enhancing interpersonal relations skills and in using stories in family and community settings.


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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Academic Plan
Applied Storytelling (CER)
Total Credits Required
Effective term
Fall 2020

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

This program replaces: AC/6218N Applied Storytelling

What You'll Learn
  • Demonstrate the skills of oral storytelling to construct and deliver stories. (EDU/HUM/STO292, STO295, HIS/STO279, STO293, STO282AC, STO205, STO250AA, STO284, STO/THP285, STO289AF, MUP133, STO291AA, STO273, STO283, STO287, STO288, STO290)
  • Develop cultural awareness and a sense of community through oral storytelling. (EDU/HUM/STO292, STO295, HIS/STO279, STO293, STO297, STO282AC, HUM260, EDU/ENH291, STO205, STO284, STO/THP285, STO273, STO283, STO287, STO288, STO290, ENH251)
  • Employ the ethical protocols and practices of storytelling as they pertain to awareness of self and others. (EDU/HUM/STO292, EDU/ENH/STO294, STO295, HIS/STO279, STO293, STO282AC, HUM260, STO205, STO284, STO/THP285, STO273, STO283, STO287, STO288, STO290)
  • Utilize digital media to produce, present, promote, and preserve the stories and voices of storytellers. (EDU/HUM/STO292, STO295, HIS/STO279, STO293, STO282AC, ART/COM/STO150, STO/THP285, STO283, STO287, STO290)
  • Maintain a repertoire of stories that reflect the individuals storytelling style and that can be adapted for a variety of situations or purposes. (STO295, HIS/STO279, STO293, STO282AC, STO286, EDU283AA/STO289AA, STO289AB, STO289AC, STO289AD, STO289AG, ART/COM/STO150, EDU/ENH291, STO205, STO284, STO/THP285, STO289AF, THP112, STO273, STO283, STO287, STO288, STO290, ENH251)
  • Tailor elements of storytelling for communication and performance contextualized to specific audiences. (STO293, STO297, STO282AC, STO286, EDU283AA/STO289AA, STO289AB, STO289AC, STO289AD, STO289AG, ART/COM/STO150, STO205, STO250AA, STO284, STO/THP285, THP112, STO273, STO283, STO287, STO288, STO290)
  • Apply the skills of oral storytelling to elevate the diverse voices and stories of others within their professional and personal communities. (STO293, STO297, STO282AC, STO286, EDU283AA/STO289AA, STO289AB, STO289AC, STO289AD, STO289AG, STO205, STO/THP285, STO291AA)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Completion of Foundations of Storytelling Certificate Requirements:
EDU/HUM/STO292The Art of Storytelling3
EDU/ENH/STO294Multicultural Folktales3
Completion of Traditional and Fact-Based Storytelling Certificate Requirements:
HIS/STO279Creating and Telling Fact-Based Historical Stories3
STO295Traditional Storytelling Around the World3
Required Courses for all specializations in Applied Storytelling:
STO282ACService-Learning Experience in Storytelling3
STO293The Art of Storytelling II3
STO297Creating and Telling Personal Stories3
Select three (3) credits from the following:
EDU283AA/STO289AAUsing Storytelling in Educational Settings1
STO286Using Storytelling in a Variety of Settings3
STO289ABUsing Storytelling in Business Settings1
STO289ACUsing Storytelling in Healing Settings1
STO289ADUsing Storytelling in Interpretive Settings1
STO289AGUsing Storytelling in Advocacy Settings1
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select six (6) credits from one of the following specializations:
Specialization 1: Workforce
ART/COM/STO150Digital Storytelling3
EDU/ENH291Children's Literature3
HUM260Intercultural Perspectives3
Specialization 2: Performance
EDU/ENH291Children's Literature3
HUM260Intercultural Perspectives3
MUP133Class Voice I1
STO205Establishing a Family Storytelling Tradition3
STO250AABenefiting from the Storytelling Festival Experience1
STO284Storytelling and Music3
STO/THP285Creating/Performing Solo/Collaborative Works3
STO289AFUsing Storytelling in Family Settings1
STO291AAStorytelling Circle1
THP112Acting I3
Specialization 3: Global
HUM260Intercultural Perspectives3
STO273The Biblical Storytelling Tradition3
STO283The African Storytelling Tradition3
STO287Norse and Scandinavian Storytelling Tradition3
STO288Telling Sacred Stories from Around the World3
STO290The Irish Storytelling Tradition3

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