Undergraduate Bulletin 2012-2013 Table of Contents African Studies Certificate
Arab Studies Certificate
Asian Studies Certificate
European Studies Certificate
Certificate in Islam and Mulsim-Christian Understanding
Latin American Studies Certificate
Russian and East European Studies Certificate
The African Studies Certificate requires a total of 6 courses (18 credit hours) and proficiency in a foreign language and proficiency in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Swahili, or Spanish. Students may also fulfill the language requirement by completing at least beginners level in any language and one year of study of an indigenous African language. Study abroad in Africa is strongly encouraged, but not required. There is an optional senior thesis.
It is recommended that students take at least one of the cultural courses. The Program offers a competitive summer fellowship that supports participation in Georgetowns summer program in Tanzania. For more information, contact Professor Scott Taylor, the Program Director, ICC 305, (202) 687-5934.
Students may enter the Certificate Program of Arab Studies in their first or second year, but normally no later than the start of their junior year. Applications and information may be found here: http://ccas.georgetown.edu/academics/certificates/undergraduate/ or students may contact Ms. Kelli Harris, 241 ICC, (202) 687-8957, email@example.com.
The program director is Dr. Judith Tucker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asian Studies Certificate
(6 courses [18 credits] plus language study or equivalent)
Students should apply for the European Studies Program by the end of the sophomore year or during the junior year with permission of the director. Students must earn a grade of B or better in the Senior Colloquium. For more information about this program, please contact Cris Dinu, BMW Center for German and European Studies, 501 ICC, email@example.com, or Peter C. Pfeiffer, Department of German, ICC 467, firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated course information is listed on the Centers website: http://cges.georgetown.edu/academics/certificates/
Students in the Certificate Program are required to take two, semester-long courses that provide a basic foundation for the study of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. These courses will normally be from the following list of courses offered at Georgetown University (or equivalent courses taken at other institutions). Note: the two courses do not have to be in a sequence.
Elective Courses. To gain a Certificate, students are required to take at least three elective courses that have been approved by the Director of the Certificate Program. These courses should have some common theme or focus of interest. Many regularly offered courses at Georgetown University involve the study of subject matter related to the broad fields of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. There is no list of elective courses that have been formally approved for the Certificate Program. Any relevant course may, subject to the approval of the Program Director, be used to satisfy this requirement. Normally at least two of these courses will be numbered 300 or above.
The Capstone Course. As a final part of the Certificate Program, students are required to undertake study at an advanced level that involves a research project dealing with the subject of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. A capstone course can be any course above the basic survey level that is taught by members of the faculty of the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the professor at the beginning of the semester that the student plans to use that course to fulfill the capstone requirement. The professor will then provide the student with the guidelines and expectations for the research paper to fulfill the capstone requirement. The student also needs to notify the Program Director regarding the Capstone Course.
In special cases, students may petition to present a major paper dealing with a topic in the area of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations rather than taking a specific course. The paper topic must be approved by the Certificate Program Director, and the resulting paper should represent significant research and analysis (at least 2025 pages in length). The paper may, under special circumstances, be a revised version of work that has been presented as a part of work for a course or project, subject to the approval of the Program Director. The paper must be read and approved by at least two members of the faculty of the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding to be named by the Program Director.
Questions can be directed to ACMCU Associate Director Alexa Poletto at email@example.com.
Lists of appropriate courses are available on the website: http://acmcu.georgetown.edu/academics/certificate/.
Certificate students must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese through completion of language coursework at the Advanced II level, successful completion of one 300 or 400 level course taught in either Spanish or Portuguese, or achievement of pass on Georgetowns language proficiency exam (administered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.)
An additional elective course is required for the certificate. This course may be chosen from the Culture and Politics, Economics, Government, History, International Affairs, Latin American Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Portuguese, or Theology course offerings.
The sixth required course for the certificate is the thesis tutorial (LASP-495 Proseminar), in which students research, write, and present a substantial thesis. This course is generally taken during the second semester of the students senior year. With the guidance of the certificate coordinator, students should decide on their thesis topic and possible adviser during the first semester of their senior year.
Students should declare interest in the Certificate during the second semester of Junior year in order to ensure that all requirements will be met prior to graduation. Students will meet during the fall semester with the Certificate director to plan and start the Certificate thesis. They are also required to meet with the Certificate Director during either pre-registration or the add/drop period for the second semester of their senior year to indicate the topic of their thesis and the name of their adviser, to take inventory of the classes taken toward the certificate, and to make sure that all paperwork is in order. A formal certificate application (available in the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) office) must be submitted at this time.
Students must achieve at least a B+ in the proseminar and thesis in order to receive the certificate. Failure to meet these requirements and deadlines is grounds for dismissal from the certificate program.
Substitutions for any requirement must be pre-approved by the certificate director. It is much more likely that certificate substitutions will be approved for the elective course than for the core courses. It is the students responsibility to ensure that written approval for any substitutions becomes a part of his or her file at CLAS.
Georgetown College students who are pursuing the certificate may not double-count courses for their major and the certificate (called a minor in the college). The student and his or her advisor in the Georgetown College bear all responsibility for ensuring that courses are counted properly. SFS students pursuing the certificate may double-count courses. Students must maintain at least a B average in the five courses and must receive a B+ or higher in the thesis seminar in order to receive the certificate. Failure to do so will result in a student being dropped from the certificate program.
Russian and East European Studies Certificate
Students who wish to pursue the certificate, discuss coursework completed overseas, or propose courses not listed here must schedule a meeting with the CERES Associate Director, Dr. Jennifer Long, at (202) 687-1473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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