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Certificate in Asian Studies

It is strongly recommended that all undergraduate students who have a scholarly interest in a specific country of Asia, regardless of their academic major, enroll in the Asian Studies Certificate Program.

Departmental Offerings

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) offers instruction in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean as well as an undergraduate major in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. EALL also has faculty specialties in East Asian literature, film, theater, linguistics, and art. The Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center regularly offers courses in other Asian languages, including Hindi, Indonesia, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Urdu.


Many other departments offer students the option of focusing on Asian Studies in their discipline-based master’s and doctoral programs. In addition, the Asian Studies Center coordinates Certificate Programs for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as an interdisciplinary master’s degree (IDMA) in East Asian Studies.


Departments that offer programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Asian Studies include Anthropology, Business, Classics, East Asian Languages and Literatures (Chinese or Japanese, as well as a minor in Korean), Economics, History of Art and Architecture, History, Linguistics, Music, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

For more information on aid and scholarship competitions, please visit the Financial Aid page.


Updated January 23, 2014

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Further Information

Asian Studies Center
University of Pittsburgh
4400 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 648-7370
Fax: (412) 624-4665
E-mail: asia@pitt.edu
Web: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc