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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 25, 2024
2017-2018 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

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. 

Certificate Requirements

  • A minimum of five West European studies courses (15 credits). Courses must be chosen according to a theme to ensure intellectual cohesion. Possible themes include: European humanities, cultural and social development, continental European politics, Spanish studies, German studies, or self-designed theme after consultation with the advisor.
  • Two courses from the major may overlap with the certificate. Remaining courses must be from at least two departments outside the major. One of the five courses must be on Western Europe, if applicable to the theme.
  • For a full list of approved courses, click 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: this is the culmination of the student’s learning experience and demonstrates in-depth knowledge of West European studies issues. 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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