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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 16, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Transatlantic Studies Certificate

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University of Pittsburgh
University Center for International Studies
European Studies Center
Stephen Lund, Assistant Director
4216 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-7422


The Certificate in Transatlantic Studies allows students to pursue a comparative study of Europe and the United States, as well as countries that touch the Atlantic. Primary areas of study include governance, policy and security issues in the context of the transatlantic relationship, the history of colonialism, humanities and culture, and the comparative study of various professional fields such as business and medicine.

Certificate Requirements

  • A minimum of five (15 credits) Transatlantic Studies content courses is required. Two of the courses may overlap with the student’s major or other credentials. The remaining courses must be from at least two departments outside the student’s major. Two of the courses must be at the 1000 level and students must earn a C or better in classes counting towards the certificate. Courses chosen must be thematically relevant to each other, and students may study any aspect of European and American history and culture of interest to them. Examples include film studies, health and science policy, architecture, politics, economics, and immigration. 
  • For a full list of approved courses, click here.
  • Language proficiency: two years (four semesters) of college-level study of an official European language (excluding English). Languages currently available include: Spanish, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Portuguese, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak. Students may request placement tests through the language department. 
  • Digital Portfolio: This is the culmination of the student’s learning experience and demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the West European studies theme the student has chosen. Details will be discussed with the advisor.

Special Academic Opportunities

In addition to the certificate itself, the European Studies Center also offers its students a number of valuable resources, including scholarships for study abroad, directed research opportunities, research assistance, and a full calendar of events and visits from politicians and practitioners from across Europe.

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