Certificate in South Asia Studies

The South Asia Institute administers a Certificate in South Asia Studies for students enrolled in graduate degree programs at Columbia. Students must enroll in 24 credits of graduate courses on South Asia, in at least three different disciplines, e.g. Anthropology, Art History, Economics, History, Literature, Politics, Religion, etc.  The sequence of courses selected by the student pursuing the Certificate must be approved by the Institute director.
Additionally, students must demonstrate an Advanced knowledge of one language of South Asia, either by completing an Upper Advanced language course, taking a proficiency exam, or providing a transcript from a college or university where the language is used as the primary language of instruction.  Language courses may not be counted toward the Certificate, with the exception that third or fourth year.  Language and Literature courses may be counted (e.g. Hindi Literature I and II; Urdu Literature I and II).
The certificate is an additional credential that graduate students may earn with courses that will count toward coursework requirement for the M.A. or Ph.D. degree.  Therefore it is possible to earn the Certificate without taking any courses beyond that required for the M.A. or Ph.D. degree at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Students interested in pursuing the certificate should contact the Institute's Associate Director William Carrick at <wac2112@columbia.edu>   It is suggested that students obtain approval for any classes that they plan to use toward the Certificate.  Courses with comparative content, where South Asia is not the principal field of inquiry and discussion, may or may not be counted toward the certificate at the discretion of the Institute.