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University of Pittsburgh    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Asian Studies Certificate

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​

The Asian Studies Center’s mandate is to promote an enhanced understanding of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands through exceptional undergraduate and graduate academic programs, strong interdisciplinary faculty development, and energetic community outreach. The center has nationally recognized programs in Chinese and Japanese language and culture studies, with growing strengths in Indian and Korean studies. Its affiliated faculty spans the disciplines. More than 3,500 students enroll each year in Asia-related courses. 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.

Certificate Requirements

  • Asian Area Studies Courses: A minimum of five courses (15 credits) on Asia are required. Four courses (12 credits) must be taken in at least two departments outside the major and one course (3 credits) must be taken in the major department. If the major department does not have options for an Asian focus, the student must take an additional Asia-related course in a third department.
  • Language proficiency: a minimum of two years (four terms) of Asian language study at the college level or equivalent proficiency.  Pitt offers Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, and Vietnamese. Heritage and native speakers are exempt from this requirement if they can demonstrate at least intermediate-level proficiency.
  • Digital Portfolio: Students will produce a digital portfolio by the end of their Senior year. The portfolio may include reflections on academics, work/internship experiences, study abroad observations, and extra curricullar activities to highlight thier expertise in Asian studies.

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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