West European Certificate


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Academic Requirements:

There are four Certificate requirements:
1) Language Proficiency
2) Area Studies Courses
3) A Research Paper
4) Graduation with a graduate or a professional degree 

Language Courses

Three yeas of college-level instruction, or the equivalent proficiency, in one West European language other than English

West European Studies Courses

At least 18 credits of West European Studies courses or seminars, of which at least 9 credits must be outside the student's major school/department.
A listing of the approved courses for the upcoming term is available on the EUCE/ESC website a week prior to the start of registration.


Research Paper

An interdisciplinary research paper of 15-25 pages that reflects the use of materials in a West European language.  The paper could be prepared for a course, but students are encouraged to conceptualize it with the certificate requirements in mind and to consult with the Center's Assistant Director/Graduate Advisor while writing it.  The paper will be evaluated by an ESC affiliated faculty member. 


Students must complete all requirements for the Master's or professional degree or pass the preliminary examinations for the Ph.D.

Certificate Advising

In order to obtain maximum benefit for the program, students should meet with the Associate Director/Graduate Advisor to keep her informed on progress toward satisfying the Certificate's requirements.  She advises on the completion of requirements and on opportunities that complement the Certificate including funding opportunities. 

Please contact the Associate Director for Academic Affairs, Allyson Delnore, with questions regarding a graduate certificate requirements.