Certificate Programs

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
African Studies
American Studies
Applications of Computing
Applied and Computational Mathematics 
Architecture and Engineering
Cognitive Science
Contemporary European Politics and Society
Creative Writing
East Asian Studies
Engineering and Management Systems
Engineering Biology
Engineering Physics
Environmental Studies
Ethnographic Studies
European Cultural Studies
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Geological Engineering
Global Health and Health Policy
Hellenic Studies
History and the Practice of Diplomacy
Humanistic Studies
Jazz Studies
Judaic Studies
Language and Culture
Latin American Studies
Latino Studies
Materials Science and Engineering
Medieval Studies
Music Theater
Musical Performance
Near Eastern Studies
Planets and Life
Quantitative and Computational Biology
Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Russian, East Europeanand Eurasian Studies
South Asian Studies
Statistics and Machine Learning
Sustainable Energy
Teacher Preparation
Technology and Society
Translation and Intercultural Communication
Urban Studies
Values and Public Life
Visual Arts