With so many opportunities inside and outside the classroom, it’s common for Princeton students to wish they could do more with their time here. Certificate programs are one solution.
What is a certificate program?
“Certificates of proficiency” enable students to supplement their work in their departmental concentrations with focused study in another, often interdisciplinary, field. Certificate programs are similar in many ways to the minors offered at other universities.
How do certificate programs fit into the curriculum?
Most certificate programs include required courses and a senior thesis or another substantial piece of independent work. Because of the rigorous requirements, students should identify their interest in a certificate program early in their academic careers.
For some students, certificate programs provide an opportunity to pursue a special area of interest that closely complements their departmental concentration. Two examples: a student concentrating in history pursues a certificate in African American studies; a student concentrating in psychology pursues a certificate in neuroscience. For other students, certificate programs provide an opportunity to pursue intellectual passions unrelated to the departmental concentration. Two more examples: a student concentrating in physics pursues a certificate in Russian language and culture; a student concentrating in electrical engineering pursues a certificate in musical performance.
What certificates are offered?
African American Studies
Applications of Computing
Applied and Computational Mathematics
Architecture and Engineering
Contemporary European Politics and Society
East Asian Studies
Engineering and Management Systems
European Cultural Studies
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Global Health and Health Policy
Language and Culture
Latin American Studies
Materials Science and Engineering
Near Eastern Studies
Planets and Life
Quantitative and Computational Biology
Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
South Asian Studies
Statistics and Machine Learning
Technology and Society
Translation and Intercultural Communication
Values and Public Life