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Certificate Programs

A certificate is a non-degree program designed to provide students with specialized knowledge that is less extensive than, and different from, a degree program.

Certificates are offered in the following areas:

  • Asian Studies

    Overview: The Certificate in Asian Studies is designed for majors in any field who wish to gain a broad knowledge of a world area that is of unique importance. Courses counted for the Certificate also may be counted for the major (when applicable).

    Visit the Department of Government and International Affairs for certificate requirements.

  • Film Studies

    Overview: The Certificate in Film Studies is designed for undergraduate students majoring in another field who also desire a concentration in film studies. The certificate program is a carefully structured, interdisciplinary sequence of four courses (12-15 credits) that provides students with a broad introduction to the field of film studies. Receipt of a Certificate in Film Studies is recorded on the student’s transcript. Spanning colleges, departments and academic disciplines, the Film Studies Certificate provides students with a balanced and multi-faceted course of study that will focus on the functions and manifestations of film as a medium in contemporary Western society.

    Visit the Film Studies Program page for certificate requirements.

  • Food Studies

    Overview: The Certificate in Food Studies is designed for majors in any field who wish to gain an interdisciplinary knowledge of the social, cultural, anthropological, historical and philosophical study of the production, consumption and representations of food. Food Studies is a growing field that offers students the opportunity to be genuinely interdisciplinary in their methodological approach, while studying a subject that is of tremendous social, personal, ethical, environmental and global significance. The certificate requires a total of 12 credit hours and will be effective as of fall 2012.

    Visit the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies for certificate requirements.

  • Urban Studies

    Overview: The Urban Studies Certificate offers students the opportunity to supplement their education and training with a focus on the problems and potentials of the urban world around us. Eighty percent of Americans live in one of the country’s nearly 400 major metropolitan areas. Understanding the economic, social, cultural, political and spatial phenomena of urban areas, and how they came to be, is essential if one is to thrive in today’s world. The urban studies curriculum begins with an interdisciplinary course, Introduction to Urban Studies, and then weaves the multidisciplinary urban offerings into a coherent understanding of urban life. The urban studies coordinator helps each student fashion a curriculum that meets his/her unique intellectual and career needs. The curriculum, through its courses and internship possibilities, focuses on the “real world,” thus providing students with a valuable foundation for their career planning and advancement. With the help of the urban studies coordinator, students can design concentrations in urban planning, urban management, community development, community organizing, etc. The certificate requires a minimum of 24 credits.

         Visit the School of Public Affairs for certificate requirements.