Undergraduate: South Asian Studies
The South Asian Studies Undergraduate Certificate is awarded to graduating seniors who have successfully completed the relevant requirements. Candidacy for the Certificate is open to all Georgetown University undergraduates.
Candidates for the Asian Studies Certificate must register with the Asian Studies Program by completing the South Asian Studies Certificate Registration by the beginning semester of their senior year. Students may e-mail the form to Robert Lyons at Robert.Lyons@georgetown.edu or hand deliver it to ICC 302-B.
To earn the certificate in South Asian Studies, undergraduate students must complete the following requirements.
- Language: Candidates for the Asian Studies Certificate must demonstrate facility in a language indigenous to South Asia in one of the following ways:
- Complete two years (four semesters) of university level courses for credit with a B average
- Pass the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics placement examination at the level of second year or above
- Pass the School of Foreign Service Oral Proficiency Examination with a grade of “fair” or above.
- The School of Foreign Service currently offers proficiency examinations in Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu. Additional languages may be tested through third-party services. Please email Robert Lyons for more information.
- Coursework: 6 courses (18 credits) are required.
- 3 courses must be taken from at least three different disciplines such as history, government, economics, sociology, anthropology, or humanities.
- Senior Seminar (ASST 4960) Senior Research Seminar in Asian Studies (offered traditionally in the fall semester; Spring 2024 in the 2023-2024 academic year)
- 2 electives (any discipline except language)
- 3.0 GPA cumulative for 6 courses
- Coursework should reflect a diverse study of South Asia.
- Candidates must complete the Senior Seminar (ASST 4960) during their senior year. Candidates will prepare their thesis in this course.