Undergraduate Certificates

Students pursue certificates to broaden knowledge, develop skills, and expand potential for success.

Certificate programs require 12 hours of course work with six hours at the 3000 level or higher. Consult with an advisor in the school offering the certificate to ensure that you meet all requirements.

Available Certificates

  • The Certificate in African-American Studies, offered jointly by the School of History and Sociology (HSOC) and the School of Literature, Communication and Culture, recognizes the achievement of concentrated knowledge in a subject area. Students may choose courses in areas such as African-American History, Southern History, Twentieth Century History, and the Immigrant Experience, among other topics. Students also select from courses offered through the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture on subjects such as race, ethnicity, and literature.

  • Allows students to pursue a coherent course of study focusing on American literary and cultural artifacts. It involves study in American literature, American culture, specific authors, and regional or ethnic issues.

  • The Certificate in Asian Affairs, offered jointly by the School of History and Sociology and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, recognizes the achievement of concentrated knowledge in a subject area. East Asia is a dynamic region of the world economy and a focal point of international security and diplomatic attention.

  • The Certificate in European Affairs, offered jointly by the School of History and Sociology (HSOC) and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, allows students to choose courses on such topics as ancient or recent European history, in-depth studies of modern European countries, and foreign policy through international affairs. All courses which satisfy the European Affairs certificate requirements also fulfill either humanities or social science requirements necessary for all Tech students.

  • Allows for a concentrated focus on the art of film, concentrating on film's technical, historical, and theoretical dimensions. It should appeal both to students interested in extending their technical education to an area where technology and art clearly converge and to those seeking to add to their understanding of the mediated environment we inhabit.

  • Students may choose courses in areas such as Modern European and American Economic, Social, and Industrial History, Southern History, African- American History, the History of Technology. The certificate demonstrates your achievement in areas beyond your major to employers and graduate institutions, and is helpful to students going on to graduate study in law, medicine, or business.

  • The certificate in Intellectual Property is an interdisciplinary study program offered by the Ivan Allen College School of Public Policy and is beneficial to those interested in careers as patent agents, intellectual property lawyers, business, and innovation and IP policy.

  • The Certificate in International Affairs can enhance the employment opportunities of students pursuing majors outside of International Affairs by adding an international dimension to their field of study.

  • This certificate is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in Chinese and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture.

  • This certificate is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in French and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture.

  • Language: German

    This certificate is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in Chinese and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture.

  • This certificate is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in Japanese and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture.

  • The Certificate in Linguistics consists of 12 credit hours with two different tracks: Track A, General Linguistics; and Track B, Language Processing.

  • This certificate is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in Russian and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture.

  • This certificate is designed for students who wish to develop their language skills to at least an intermediate level in Spanish and to provide themselves with a greater depth of knowledge about the language and culture

  • A certificate in Latin American Affairs is offered by the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs to provide students the skills to demystify the major issues confronting the world today, specifically in contemporary Latin America.

  • Allows students to pursue theories and methods of literary and cultural analysis and encourages them to examine, from various perspectives, a wide range of texts and artifacts. A student may choose courses which concentrate on cultural analyses of science and technology or those that emphasize more traditional approaches to literary culture.

  • This minor is designed to improves student's abilities to think and communicate, to acquire a breadth of understanding about the world, science, society, and themselves that can inform their judgment.

  • The certificate in pre-law enables students to prepare for graduate programs in law through classes offered by the School of Public Policy

  • The Certificate in Scenarios, Models, and Military Games will give students a grounding in the use of scenarios, models, and gaming in the analysis of national security issues. The initial courses provide a broad overview of the relationship between technology and military operations. An additional requirement consisting of a class in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) introduces the student to geographically distributed data and the usage of maps for spatial analysis. The subsequent courses build upon that and teach students to apply advanced computational and analytic methods to national security issues

  • Students may choose courses in areas such as the Sociology of Development, Technology and Society, Sociology of Work and Industry, Politics and Society, Social Issues and Public Policy, among other topics. The certificate demonstrates your achievement in areas beyond your major to employers and graduate institutions, and is helpful to students going on to graduate study in law, medicine, or business.


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