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South Asian Studies Certificate Program

203 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-4884; www.southasia.wisc.edu

Undergraduate certificate advisor: Rachel Weiss, 203 Ingraham Hall, 608-262-9224, rweiss@southasia.wisc.edu

Undergraduates interested in cross-disciplinary study of South Asia (generally defined as the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Tibetan region) may earn a Certificate in South Asian Studies. The certificate can be a valuable addition to a major in anthropology, archeology, business, communications, economics, education, gender and women's studies, geography, history, international studies, journalism, languages and cultures of Asia, political science, zoology, and other departments. Completion of the certificate provides a concentration in the area through language and/or interdisciplinary training that provides enhanced career opportunities or increased preparation for graduate study.

The certificate in South Asian studies can be partially fulfilled through completion of a study abroad program in India administered by International Academic Programs.

Applicants must fulfill the UW–Madison requirements for an established major in their school or college and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all courses they wish to count toward the certificate. Courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Language study is not required for the certificate, but one year of a South Asian language will partially fulfill the area studies requirement. Certificate students must complete 21 credits (at least seven courses) to be distributed as follows:

  • 3 credits of an introductory course (more than ten courses to choose from)
  • 9 credits in area courses (includes language course option for 6 credits—more than 60 courses to choose from)
  • 6 credits in disciplinary courses (more than 50 courses to choose from)
  • 3 credits of a capstone seminar (more than 25 courses to choose from)

Contact the certificate advisor to create a plan that includes a well-balanced selection of area studies and disciplinary courses and for approval of appropriate introductory and capstone seminar courses. See Certificate Course List on the program Web site. Certificate progress is tracked on DARS; some exceptions to the certificate course list may be permitted depending on the course instructor and course work (see the certificate advisor).