Certificates vs. Minors - What's the Difference?

Both programs offer students an opportunity to pursue a subject they are passionate about and gain skills and training. To start with, students take five courses to earn a minor, and take six courses to earn a certificate. The chief difference is that a minor is focused on the specific discipline of a particular department whereas a certificate often spans multiple disciplines or departments. Both pathways are great ways for students to take courses that relate to each other, and to a specific topic or theme.

Certificate Programs

Certificate Description
Arts of the Moving Image The Arts of the Moving Image Certificate Program fosters a critical understanding of the history, theory and technologies of motion picture and new media arts, while giving students the opportunities, tools and resources they would need to develop a career within the media industries, pursue graduate study in the field or become a media artist.
Child Policy Research Certificate The Child Policy Research certificate is designed to teach students how to systematically and rigorously analyze the issues facing children, families, and the society responsible for their development; teach the necessary analytical skills to study these issues with empirical rigor and provide a context in which students can engage in research that informs policy and practice.
Civic Engagement & Social Change Certificate The Certificate in Civic Engagement and Social Change provides a pathway for you to integrate community-based learning experiences with academic coursework focused on democracy and citizenship, civil society, voluntarism, political participation, social movements, theories of social change and notions of the public good.
Decision Science Certificate Program The Decision Sciences certificate (DECSCI) focuses on how humans make decisions in a variety of contexts – including economic, political and social choices. If you are interested in behavioral economics, game theory, machine learning or neuroeconomics, this certificate will provide an interdisciplinary appreciation for how these (often) separate fields all approach decision making. This will enable communication and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries and will allow you to engage in research with a broader perspective than that provided by any single major.
Documentary Studies The Certificate in Documentary Studies is a program of study involving undergraduate students in community-based research using photography, filmmaking, oral history, and other documentary fieldwork methods.
East Asian Studies APSI’s undergraduate certificate in East Asian Studies provides students with the opportunity for interdisciplinary, in-depth study of historical and contemporary East Asian societies and cultures.
Energy and the Environment The Certificate in Energy and the Environment is provides an understanding of the breadth of issues that confront our society in its need for clean, affordable and reliable energy.
Ethics & Society Certificate The Ethics & Society Certificate responds to the need felt by many students for a more thoughtful or reflective engagement with the complexity of the world. Offering learning experiences both in the classroom and in the world beyond the campus, the certificate introduces students to the many ways in which values and principles can come into conflict. Students who pursue this certificate will emerge better prepared to recognize, comprehend, and negotiate such conflicts in any career path they choose.
Global Development Engineering Certificate The undergraduate Certificate in Global Development Engineering features coursework in both Trinity and the Pratt School of Engineering. It includes an innovative curricular pathway that includes training in technical subjects as well as culture and language, ethics, public policy and economics. In addition to course work, those who pursue the certificate get real-world experience, implementing a designed solution either in the United States or abroad, and during a project-focused capstone course.
Human Development The certificate in Human Development is an interdepartmental program emphasizing the complimentarity of biological, biomedical, psychological and sociological disciplinary perspectives.
Human Rights Certificate The Human Rights Certificate offers students an in-depth and rigorous interdisciplinary study of human rights history, theory and practice, cultivating life-long learners and engaged citizens who have a deep and nuanced understanding of human rights.
Information Science + Studies The Information Science + Studies (ISS) Undergraduate Certificate program offers students an interdisciplinary approach to study the nature of information and its impact on art, culture, science, commerce, society, and the environment.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship The undergraduate certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) is designed to provide students with a pathway to pursue a rigorous cross-disciplinary study of innovation and entrepreneurship that will be complementary to any major and will enable students to be innovative and entrepreneurial in their of pursuit of knowledge in service to society. The certificate requires an in-depth course of study examining the theories of innovation and entrepreneurship, coupled with hands-on practice in both areas. Innovation and entrepreneurship are, by their very nature, areas of cross-disciplinary inquiry, so the certificate will draw on theory, contexts, and methods from across the disciplines.
Islamic Studies These courses are designed to educate students about Islam and Muslim cultures, beliefs, and practices so they are prepared upon graduation to engage Muslim communities knowledgeably and productively in their professional careers or prepared to pursue graduate study.
Jewish Studies The Certificate in Jewish Studies is an interdepartmental program that offers courses including Religion, Political Science, History, Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Hebrew Language and Literature, Women's Studies, Germanic languages, and more.
Latin American Studies The Latin American Studies certificate exposes students to the rich artistic and cultural traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean in an effort to develop cross-cultural fluency. Challenge students to develop moral arguments about issues of social justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. We aim to prepare students to become active agents of social change in academics, business, non-governmental organizations, and many other careers dealing with Latin America and the Caribbean.
Latino/a Studies in the Global South The Certificate in Latino/a Studies in the Global South provides students with comparative, historical, and cultural knowledge of peoples of Latin American descent living in the United States (and moving transnationally); understanding of the concepts of Hispanics/Latino/as, latinidad and hispanidad, and the Global South (and Global North); and the construction and assertion of Latino/a identities, involving convergences and divergences, over space and time.
Marine Science and Conservation Leadership The Marine Science and Conservation Leadership certificate provides undergraduate students with leadership skills and an understanding of both natural and social science concepts and practices.
Markets & Management The Markets & Management Certificate draws on knowledge from a variety of disciplines including sociology, economics, political science, history, and business. Each course in the program deals in some way with the impact of different organizational forms on managing human resources, coordinating work, integrating technology, and using business networks in an increasingly competitive global economy.
Philosophy, Politics & Economics The Philosophy, Politics & Economics Certificate enables students to integrate, synthesize and exploit the most research work in these three disciplines.
Policy Journalism & Media Studies The Policy Journalism and Media Studies Certificate addresses the needs of students preparing for careers in media policy, journalism, or associated professions, as global communications enters into a period of rapid and profound change.
Science & Society The Science & Society Certificate offers science leadership training and builds your expertise in science policy. Through a series of 4 courses, 2 lab placements, and a senior capstone project, students learn to: a) Critique and analyze science and its downstream applications; b) Understand the social implications as well as the power and the limits of science and technology; c) Understand how research works…and sometimes doesn’t; d) Analyze both quantitative and qualitative data; and e) Develop policy options that are practical, ethical, and just.
Sustainability Engagement The Certificate in Sustainability Engagement provides students with the unique opportunity to become competent leaders in a world that has long moved past unlimited resources, a safe climate, stable populations, and continued growth. Our world faces grave threats and unprecedented opportunities. Effectively responding to the former, and creatively embracing the latter, requires leaders well versed in the wide-ranging nature of sustainability. The Sustainability Engagement Certificate Program will provide the foundation for this core competency.