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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 21, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

West European 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
schedule advising appointment

The Certificate in Western European Studies provides students with strong interests in predominantly Western European history, culture, politics, and languages to complement their major with a regional specialization. The certificate is self-designed, and students may choose any theme to organize their studies and class choices. Examples of possible themes include country or region specific ones, such as Spanish Studies and British Studies, policy driven ones such as Intelligence & Security or Social Policy, and culture and history-based ones such as Ancient Greece & Rome or European Art & Architecture.

Certificate Requirements

  • A minimum of five West European studies courses (15 credits). Courses must be chosen according to a theme to ensure intellectual cohesion. 
  • Two courses from the major may overlap with the certificate. Remaining courses must be from at least two departments outside the major. Approved courses can be found here.
  • Language proficiency: two years of college-level study (four terms) in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Irish Gaelic, Swedish or Modern Greek.
  • Digital Portfolio: An online digital portfolio that showcases research, work/internship experiences, study abroad, extra-curricular activities, language acquisition, and coursework to highlight expertise in European and Eurasian Studies, and associated professional and academic goals.

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 the US and Europe. The center also sponsors the Euro Club for students interested in Europe related social activities, as well as opportunities to particpate in Model EU and Model NATO simulations in both the US and Europe.

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