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Interdisciplinary European Studies

For more information contact

Director of Graduate Studies
Center for European Studies
Duke University
Box 90404
Durham, North Carolina 27708-0406
919.681.2293

Email: deirdre.white@duke.edu

http://www.jhfc.duke.edu/ces/

General Information

Degree offered:
Certificate

Program Description

The advances of interdisciplinarity have made it essential to provide a formal structure through which students from various disciplines in arts and sciences and the professional schools can obtain some grounding in other academic disciplines. The Center for European Studies aims to be a pioneer in the interdisciplinary configuration of area studies work towards an area-based, but not area-bound, perspective. In this context, the Center for European Studies offers a graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary European Studies. The graduate certificate is open to all advanced degree students who meet the necessary requirements.

To receive the graduate certificate, the following criteria must be met:

  • Five core courses with at least a 75% European Studies content taken in at least three different departments;
  • Two-year participation in the European Studies Graduate Student Colloquium; ("participation in this context means that involvement in at least four Graduate Colloquium-sponsored activities per semester must be documented);
  • Attain competency in one European language other than English equivalent to at least four semesters of college level study ( advanced proficiency). Certification of language competency will be approved by the Executive Committee.
  • Attain competency in a second European language other than English equivalent to at least two semesters of college level study ( intermediate proficiency). Certification of language competency will be approved by the Executive Committee.
  • A significant focus on European Studies-related issues in dissertation work.
  • It will also be required that a faculty member with European expertise be appointed to the students dissertation committee from outside the student's home department.