A certificate is a non-degree program designed to provide students with specialized knowledge that is less extensive than, and different from, a degree program.
Certificates are offered in the following areas:
Overview: The Certificate in Africana Literatures is designed for majors in all colleges as well as non-degree seeking students who wish to engage in a focused study of Africana literature, acquire appreciation and knowledge of this literature, and have that knowledge formally recognized in their academic record.
Agricultural Sustainability and Food Biosecurity
Overview: The certificate is designed to enhance majors within the Integrative Biology Department, particularly majors in Environmental Biology. It addresses a national need for increased agricultural training opportunities outside Land Grant institutions. The certificate will enhance the student's academic growth, facilitate the student's use of academic training to address important societal problems and improve the student's prospects of finding gainful employment.
Arabic Language and Culture
Overview: This certificate is constructed for individuals who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in any field and are interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of the Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture. This certificate will prepare students for working in global business companies, the U.S. Department of State and other governmental or diplomatic positions, research centers, etc. in the future. It is offered through the Department of World Language Education.
Overview: The Certificate in Asian Studies is designed for majors in any field who wish to gain a broad knowledge of a world area that is of unique importance. Courses counted for the Certificate also may be counted for the major (when applicable).
Overview: The Certificate in Film Studies is designed for undergraduate students majoring in another field who also desire a concentration in film studies. The certificate program is a carefully structured, interdisciplinary sequence of four courses (12-15 credits) that provides students with a broad introduction to the field of film studies. Receipt of a Certificate in Film Studies is recorded on the student's transcript. Spanning colleges, departments, and academic disciplines, the Film Studies Certificate provides students with a balanced and multi-faceted course of study that will focus on the functions and manifestations of the film as a medium in contemporary Western society.
Overview: The Certificate in Food Studies is designed for majors in any field who wish to gain an interdisciplinary knowledge of the social, cultural, anthropological, historical and philosophical study of the production, consumption, and representations of food. Food Studies is a growing field that offers students the opportunity to be genuinely interdisciplinary in their methodological approach while studying a subject that is of tremendous social, personal, ethical, environmental and global significance. The certificate requires a total of 12 credit hours and will be effective as of fall 2012.
Overview: The certificate in India Studies is designed for majors in any field who wish to gain a broad knowledge of Indian culture and society.
Overview: The certificate will encompass courses in several departments in two colleges. The majority of courses will focus on the study of history and culture of the people who inhabit or originated from the Italian peninsula and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily from pre-historic times to the present. In addition, however, offerings will also focus on the Italian diaspora with specific reference to the experiences of people of Italian descent in the many nations in which they settled from the early 19th century to the present.
Overview: The certificate is constructed for individuals who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in any field and desire to advance their Japanese learning. By developing individuals' knowledge and understanding for the Japanese language and culture, this certificate will prepare them for working in Japan or for Japanese companies, working as a foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State, or applying for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, etc. in the future. The certificate is offered through the Department of World Languages.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Overview: The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies for students who wish to gain an intensive multi-disciplinary understanding of this important area, and have that knowledge formally recognized in their academic record. This program is open to all USF majors of all colleges.
Modern Western European Studies
Overview: The College of Arts and Sciences offers this certificate through the collaboration of the Departments of English, Geography, History, Humanities and Cultural Studies, Government and International Affairs, World Languages, and Philosophy. It is designed for majors in any field who wish to gain a multi-disciplinary understanding of a part of the world that has shaped much of our civilization and holds great significance for Americans in the present and the future.
Overview: The Certificate Program in National Intelligence is designed to promote students' analytical capabilities, not only improving their competitiveness in the employment process but also giving them solid intellectual foundations for demanding professional careers. The program specifically helps prepare students for careers in government, especially intelligence positions, as well as analytical executive positions in the banking, insurance, and the pharmaceutical industries. The flexible program includes workshops and seminars which each student can fit with his or her major course of study. Those who complete the certificate program should be able to effectively gather, analyze, and evaluate information and present conclusions both orally and in writing.
Overview: This certificate is designed for majors in any field who wish to enhance their understanding of the peoples and cultures of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. The College of Arts and Sciences offers this certificate through the collaboration of the Department of World Languages, Government, and International Affairs, and History. Courses from other departments may count if their subject matter has significant Russian or Eurasian content.