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Certificate Program

The Polish and Central European Certificate Program provides students with an opportunity to develop an 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:

6 courses from the Primary list, of which:

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

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

No primary course may be taken satisfactory/fail, and no more than one secondary course may 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 PCE Studies program will receive a Certificate in Polish and Central European Studies.


PCE Certificate Registration

Course Listings


  • HIS 116 – Introduction to History of Poland
  • HIS 116A - History of Poland (on location)
  • IR 280A – Communism and Democracy in Eastern Europe (on location)
  • PSC 254 Political Economy of Europe
  • 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
  • PSC 260 – The Cold War
  • PSC 266 – Politics of European Union
  • IR/PSC 271 Russia and Eastern Europe: Politics and International Relations
  • HIS 205 - Europe since 1945
  • HIS 206/REL 218 - The Holocaust
  • HIS 226 - Hitler's Germany: 1914 - 1945
  • HIS 293 - Stalinism
  • RST 160 - The New Europe
  • RST 161 - Europe Today
  • HIS 102: The West and the World since 1942
  • HIS 151: Imperial Russia (RST 171)
  • HIS 155: History of Russia to 1692 (RST 155)
  • HIS 292/292W: Totalitarianism and Everyday Life
  • HIS 301W: Stalinism (RST 246)
  • HIS 331W/431: The Soviet Union and the Cold War
  • FMS 209: The Holocaust in Film and Literature
  • POL 101 - Elementary Polish I
  • POL 102 - Elementary Polish II
  • POL 151 - Intermediate Polish
  • POL 152 - Polish Review
  • POL 157 - Polish in Poland (on location)
  • POL 224 - Polish Culture: Lessons in Polish Literature (on location)
  • ENG 237 – Studies in International Literature
  • ENG 242 – International Poetry: Contemporary Polish and American Poetry
  • JST 210 – Jewish Civilization in Poland (on location)
  • RUS 289/HIS 243 - Dangerous Texts: Literature and Politics in Russia
  • MHS 590 - 20th Century Music of Eastern Europe
  • POL 202/FMS 241 - Polish Cinematography
  • ENG 242/442 - Polish and American Poetry
  • HIS 153/RUS 127 - Russia Now HIS 197Q - Religion & Society in Modern EuropeHIS 215 - The Enlightenment HIS 217 - Gothic Europe HIS 247/RST 247 - Secret Nation HIS 284 - Art/Culture of Eastern Christianity HIS 350 - Topics in Medieval History HIS 113 - History of Judaism HIS 292 - Totalitarianism and Everyday LifeIR 101/PSC 101 - Introduction to Comparative Politics IR106/PSC 106 - Introduction to International Relations IR 215 – Corruption and Good GovernanceIR/PSC 250 Conflict in Democracies IR/PSC 252 Ethnic Politics IR/PSC 253 Comparative Political Parties PSC 254 – Political Economy of Europe/of Post CommunismIR/PSC 256 Theories of Comparative Politics 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 EconomyIR/PSC 279 War and the Nation State
  • REL 104 - History of Christianity