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2022-2023 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  May 28, 2024
2022-2023 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Asian Studies Certificate

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The Certificate in Asian Studies may be earned by U.S. and international students from any department or school at the University. The certificate combines the language training and multidisciplinary area studies necessary for both communicative and cultural competence. The certificate is designed for students who wish to intensify their study of Asia, either because they would like to be able to use their knowledge of that critical part of the world in their careers after graduation, or because they recognize the importance of an understanding of Asian history, language, and culture for all well-informed people.

Language Proficiency

Students must demonstrate language proficiency in an Asian language equivalent to two years of a college language or higher. This can be demonstrated through language courses at Pitt, in the student’s undergraduate institution or through transcripts of reputable language programs, or through examination of language proficiency.

Content Courses

Students must complete four courses with significant Asian Studies content. At least one of these courses must be taken in a discipline outside of the student’s major.

Students who are exempt from the language requirement because of previous coursework or heritage language skills may use language course credits towards the requirement for additional work beyond the graduate degree. Students may contextualize non-credit-bearing internships that are required in various graduate degree programs as credit-bearing experiences for UCIS certificate programs. Prior approval must be received from the academic advisor to pursue these options.

Research Paper, Presentation, or Project

Students must submit a significant research paper, project, or presentation as a representation of their work in Asian area studies. Papers must demonstrate engagement with issues, regional concerns, and/ or languages of Asia. Students should consult with the advisor for Asian Studies about questions regarding the research paper, presentation, or project.

12 Credits

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