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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 23, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

West European Studies, ADVCT

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Graduate Advisor: Dr. Allyson Delnore
European Studies Center
4215 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Phone: 412-624-5404

Certificate of Advanced Study

The Certificate of Advanced Study-West European Studies enables students to complement a graduate or professional degree in any discipline (including the sciences) with an interdisciplinary set of courses related to Western Europe and proficiency in a relevant language.


Students seeking the Certificate of Advanced Study-West European Studies must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete 18 credits of West European Studies courses in at least two schools or disciplines, with at least nine credits from outside the students home department or school. Distribution of these 18 credits is tailored to each academic program. Courses must be approved by the ESC (please visit the ESC site for the approved course list).
  • Write an interdisciplinary research paper of 15-25 pages that ideally entails the use of second language materials. The paper may be prepared for a course, but students are urged to conceptualize it with the certificate in mind.
  • Language proficiency: Students must have three years of progressive college-level instruction in a West European language other than English, or the equivalent proficiency. Students for whom English is a second language may use English to meet the requirement.
  • Be awarded a graduate or professional degree.

For the full requirements for the graduate certificate, please visit

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