Certificate Program

The certificate program in Polish and Central European Studies provides students with an opportunity to develop interdisciplinary knowledge about Poland and Central Europe. Interested students should put together a list of 10 courses (or 40 credit hours) with the following departmental distribution:

Six courses from the primary list, of which:

  • Four must be in social sciences (political science, economics, or history)
  • Two must be in languages (any western Slavic language, Romanian, Hungarian, or Yiddish) or cultures (anthropology, art, film studies, music, philosophy, theater, or religion)

The last four courses can be from either the primary or secondary list.

You can register for the certificate by completing the certificate registration form and submitting it to the Multidisciplinary Studies Center.

Course Policies

Substitutes for these courses may be approved by the program director. Up to two substitute courses can be foreign language courses above the 105 level.

Courses transferred from another college must be approved by the program director.

No primary course can be taken satisfactory/fail, and no more than one secondary course can be taken satisfactory/fail.

Students must earn an overall grade-point average of at least 2.0 in courses submitted for the certificate. Upon graduation, students successfully completing the program will receive a certificate in Polish and Central European Studies.

Course Listings

Primary Courses

Social Sciences

CLT 160: The New Europe
CLT 202: Holocaust: Affect and Absence
FMS 209: The Holocaust in Film and Literature
IR 216: Political Post Communism
IR 221/HIS 223: European Nationalisms
IR 222: Politics of New Europe
IR 223: Opposition in an Authoritarian State: Poland, 1945-1989
IR 241: Polish Foreign Policy
IR 240: Human Rights, Minorities, and Migration in Europe
IR/PSC 271: Russia and Eastern Europe: Politics and International Relations
IR 280A: Communism and Democracy in Eastern Europe (on location)
IR 280/PSC 269: Communism and Democracy in Eastern Europe
IR 281: Business and Politics in Eastern and Central Europe
IR 282: Eastern Europe: Philosophy and Reform
IR 283: Politics in the European Union
HIS 102: The West and the World since 1942
HIS 116: Introduction to History of Poland
HIS 116A/HIS 137A: History of Poland (on location)
HIS 126: Hitler’s Germany, 1914-1945
HIS 151: Imperial Russia (RST 171)
HIS 155: History of Russia to 1692 (RST 155)
HIS 205: Europe since 1945
HIS 206/REL 218: The Holocaust
HIS 226: Hitler's Germany: 1914 - 1945
HIS 293: Stalinism
HIS 292/292W: Totalitarianism and Everyday Life
HIS 301W: Stalinism (RST 246)
HIS 331W/431: The Soviet Union and the Cold War
POL 225/JST 225: The Holocaust and Its Memory in Eastern Europe
PSC 169: Politics of New Europe
PSC 254: Political Economy of Europe
PSC 260/IR 231: The Cold War
PSC 266: Politics of European Union
RST 160: The New Europe
RST 161: Europe Today

Languages and Cultures

ANT 284: Anthropology of Tourism
AH 290/POL 201A: Polish Art: Past and Present (on location)
ENG 237: Studies in International Literature
ENG 242: International Poetry: Contemporary Polish and American Poetry
FMS 289: Men of Marble, Women of Steel: An Introduction to East European Film
IR 241: Polish Foreign Policy
JST 210: Jewish Civilization in Poland
MHS 123: Musical Politics in 20th Century
MHS 590: 20th Century Music of Eastern Europe
POL 101: Elementary Polish I
POL 102: Elementary Polish II
POL 151: Intermediate Polish
POL 157: Polish in Poland (on location)
POL 201: Polish Review
POL 202/FMS 241: Polish Cinematography
POL 220/FMS 220/ENG 262/LTS 220: Polish Literature, Film, and Culture: Local Perspectives, Global Ambitions
POL 224: Polish Culture: Lessons in Polish Literature (on location)
POL 268/FMS 268/POL 468: Post-1989 Polish Culture Through Film, Literature, and Digital Media
RUS 289/HIS 243: Dangerous Texts: Literature and Politics in Russia

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Secondary Courses

CLT 209A: Russian Civilization
CLT 217: Men of Marble, Women of Steel: An Introduction to East European Film
HIS 113: History of Judaism
HIS 126: Hitler’s Germany, 1914-1945
HIS 153/RUS 127: Russia Now
HIS 197Q: Religion and Society in Modern Europe
HIS 198: Stalin and His Legacy in Eastern Europe,1939-1991
HIS 206: Dangerous Texts: Literature and Politics in Russia
HIS 215: The Enlightenment
HIS 217: Gothic Europe
HIS 247/RST 247: Secret Nation
HIS 284: Art/Culture of Eastern Christianity
HIS 292: Totalitarianism and Everyday Life
HIS 350: Topics in Medieval History
IR 101/PSC 101: Introduction to Comparative Politics
IR 106/PSC 106: Introduction to International Relations
IR 215: Populism in 21st Century Politics
IR/PSC 250: Conflict in Democracies
IR/PSC 252: Ethnic Politics
IR/PSC 253: Comparative Political Parties
IR/PSC 256: Theories of Comparative Politics
PSC 254: Political Economy of Europe/of Post Communism
PSC 258: Democratic Regimes
PSC 262: Globalization Past and Present
IR/PSC 263: Comparative Law and Courts
IR/PSC 264: Comparative Political Institutions
IR/PSC 265: Civil War and the International System
IR/PSC 267: Identity, Ethnicity and Nationalism
IR/PSC 276: The Politics of Insurgency and Terrorism
PSC 270: International Politics/Mechanisms of International Relations
PSC 272: Theories of International Relations
PSC 274: International Political Economy
IR/PSC 279: War and the Nation State
IR 286W: Political Economy of Developing Countries
REL 104: History of Christianity

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