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The Media, Culture & Identities Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) Certificate offers ways to ask questions relevant to our everyday encounters with differences and similarities, power and oppression, values and desires, pain and pleasure. Media, Culture & Identities analyzes images, artifacts, narratives, and identities (including genders, sexualities, races, abilities, nationalities, and other social received markers), and their construction of social life. Its interdisciplinary approach offers methodologies with which to study culture defined in the broadest possible sense, from high art (museums, symphonies, theatre), to sports and leisure activities, to the practices of everyday life-all understood within a variety of social, historical, and national contexts.

Declare This Certificate

Applications for the Bridging Disciplines Programs are accepted twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters. Learn additional information and how to apply to the BDPs. Interested students can attend an information session, which are offered throughout the semester.

Any degree-seeking undergraduate at UT-Austin is eligible to apply to the BDPs. Students must plan to be enrolled at UT-Austin as a degree-seeking undergraduate for at least two semesters after the semester in which they apply to the BDP. The BDPs are open to undergraduate students from every college and school at UT-Austin, view eligibility and benefits. Learn about advising services for Media, Culture & Identities BDP students.

Required Courses

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Media, Culture & Identities. View a complete list of courses and requirements.


Students may choose to focus their Media, Culture & Identities certificate through one of three strands:

  • Identities, Communities & Place
  • Media & Everyday Life
  • Popular Culture & Power


Students in the Media, Culture & Identities BDP form a community with shared interests in analyzing the construction of cultural production, identities, and histories. Media, Culture & Identities students have come from a wide range of majors at UT, including American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Business, Communication Studies, Engineering, Education, Fine Arts, Journalism, Public Relations, Radio-Television-Film, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Work, and many others.


After completing 19 credit hours consisting of coursework, research, and internship experiences, students earn a certificate that will be recognized on students' transcripts, demonstrating a secondary area of specialization that complements their major. By pursuing an interdisciplinary certificate, students in the BDPs learn to become more flexible, versatile thinkers, better prepared for a professional world that values innovation and collaboration. Students in the BDPs gain access to unique research and internship experiences at UT and around the world, giving them hands-on experience applying what they have learned in the classroom. View student profiles to learn about personal experiences in the Media, Culture & Identities BDP.