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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 25, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Asian Studies Certificate

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University of Pittsburgh
University Center for International Studies
Asian Studies Center
Emily Rook-Koepsel, Undergraduate & Graduate Advisor and Assistant Director for Academic Affairs
4109 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-7370​

Engage with Asian cultures, languages, histories, and economies through the interdisciplinary Asian Studies Certificate. Building a personalized learning program based on a thematic or regional interest in Asia, the Asian Studies certificate can be accomplished using general education credits to compliment a language or disciplinary major or minor. Undergraduate students from any field or school interested in Asia can supplement and strengthen their major field of study by enrolling in the Asian Studies certificate program. To learn more about the Asian Studies program please contact the Asian Studies Advisor via email ( or by making an appointment at

Certificate Requirements

  1. Asian Area Studies Courses:
    Interdisciplinary understanding of Asia can help build an understanding of broad trends and ideas from many different perspectives. Students earning an Asian Studies Certificate must take a minimum of five courses (15 credits) either designated as an Asian Studies course or which has been approved by the Asian Studies Academic Advisor. You can look at the courses available for the Asian Studies Certificate in any given semester at Required courses for the Asian Studies certificate may overlap with Gen. Ed. requirements and with courses taken on study abroad.

    Students must take courses in a total of three different departments.  At least one course (3 credits) should be in the student’s major, unless their major does not include an Asian Studies designated course, in which case a course from a different department can count towards this requirement.
  2. Language proficiency: A minimum of two years (four terms) of Asian language study at the college level or equivalent proficiency is required. The University of Pittsburgh offers Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Vietnamese, and Arabic, but any Asian language at intermediate proficiency would count toward fulfilling the Asian Studies Certificate. Students can fulfill the language requirement through taking two years of college language, demonstrating intermediate proficiency through testing, or by being a native speaker of an Asian language. If you have questions about a language Pitt doesn’t teach, please see the Asian Studies advisor.
  3. Digital Portfolio: Students will be given a template to create an Asian Studies digital portfolio soon after they have signed up for the program. Students will work with the digital portfolio site throughout their time in the program, completing the digital portfolio during their final semester at the University of Pittsburgh. The portfolio offers a chance for students to reflect on academics, work/internship experience, study abroad observations, and co-curricular activities that highlight their Asian Studies experience. Students should work closely with the Asian Studies advisor on the creation of their portfolio. Information on the digital portfolio can be found at
  4. GPA requirement is 2.0 for all courses to be counted towards the Asian Studies Certificate.

Financial Assistance

Asian Studies certificate students may be eligible for a variety of scholarships and study abroad awards. For information, visit

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