The Certificate of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies provides students with interdisciplinary expertise in this fascinating world region. 


The certificate in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies entails 18 credit hours of coursework, of which 3 credit hours is an introductory class, ASIA 1700 or ANTH 1105. Students must complete 9 out of 18 hours at the upper division level, with a minimum of 12 credit hours taken on campus.

Students are welcome to use up to 6 transfer credit hours for either upper or lower division courses, including in language study and study abroad, and to petition for other electives to count for upper division credits.

Lower Division Requirements
One Introductory Course3
Introduction to Tibetan Civilization
Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Tibet
Language Courses
Six credit hours in Tibetan (TBTN), Chinese (CHIN) or Hindi (HIND) language courses at any relevant, offered level.6
Within these six credit hours must be at least one Tibetan (TBTN) language course. Tibetan is offered through DILS (Directed Independent Language Study).
Upper Division Requirements
One ASIA course focused on Tibet3
Open Topics in Asian Studies (Tibetan Literature and Culture OR Encounters: Tibet and the West)
Encounters: Tibet, the Himalayas, and the West
Heroes, Madmen and Poets: Tibetan Literary Culture Through the Ages
One GEOG, ANTH, or RLST course focused on Tibet3
Anthropological Perspectives: Contemporary Issues (The Himalayas)
Anthropology of Tibet
China’s Diverse Geographies: Environment, Society, Politics
Geography of Tibet
Tibetan Buddhism
Women in Buddhism
Topics in Buddhism (Buddhist Literature in Tibet)
One additional course from either of the two upper-division categories above.3
Total Credit Hours18

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the program, students will be able to:

  • Specialized knowledge of peoples, cultures, religions, languages and environment/climate of Tibetan/Himalayan region.