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The multidisciplinary Certificate in Albanian and Southeastern European Studies consists of four 4-credit hour courses (16 credit hours total) and is available to DePaul undergraduate and non-degree seeking students.  It explores the intersections and connections of Albanian history, language, culture, and politics to the larger regions of the Balkans, Eastern Mediterranean, and South/Eastern Europe.  Almost all the courses in the certificate can be double counted toward the learning domains, and students can build their own interdisciplinary curriculum by drawing on courses from different disciplines that explore the history, politics, and culture of Albania and Kosova, South/Eastern Europe, and the European Union through multiple perspectives.  This Certificate helps students to internationalize their academic plan, and can also demonstrate an understanding of Albania, South/Eastern, and broader European culture, history, literature, and politics to potential graduate schools and/or employers.  

By offering a vibrant and comprehensive undergraduate curriculum in Albanian and Southeastern European Studies our goal is to offer to DePaul students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds the rare opportunity to explore the complexities and career possibilities presented by a region that constitutes a fascinating meeting point between East and West.  The world is better understood when told and viewed from the edges, the borderlines, and the crossroads.

  • One 4-credit hour core course:   ALB 280E 
  • Three 4-credit hour elective courses (see sample course list below for details)

Note
Advanced or heritage speakers of Albanian can choose to complete two 2-credit FLAC courses in Albanian language instead of one of the required 4-credit hour electives in English.

Course Title Quarter Hours
Core Course
ALB 280ETHE POLITICS OF FOOD, HISTORY, AND IDENTITY: SOUTHEAST EUROPE4
At least one elective course chosen from:
ALB 281ETALES OF POLITICAL DYSTOPIA:STORYTELLING AFTER THE BERLIN WALL4
ALB 283EBORDERS AND WALLS IN CONTEMPORARY ART AND LITERATURE: FROM ALBANIA TO ARIZONA4
ALB 285ETHE PLAGUE: PANDEMICS BETWEEN FICTION AND REALITY4
ALB 286EHOLOCAUST IN THE BALKANS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALBANIA RESCUING GERMAN JEWS FROM NAZIS4
ALB 397ESPECIAL TOPICS IN ALBANIAN STUDIES4
Remaining elective course chosen from:4
HST 252THE AGE OF THE COLD WAR: 1945-19914
GEO 201GEOPOLITICS4
GEO 204RELIGIOUS GEOGRAPHY4
INT 304MIGRATION AND FORCED MIGRATION4
PSC 340THE EUROPEAN UNION4
Language Course (optional; for advanced and heritage speakers of Albanian):
MOL 395FLAC FOR ALBANIAN STUDIES2


Certificate Advising:

To declare the certificate, students must contact the Hidai “Eddie” Bregu Endowed Chair in Albanian Studies, Dr. Gazmend Kapllani .  Dr. Kapllani advises on the completion of requirements and can share additional information on opportunities that complement classroom learning, such as research opportunities, academic internships, and scholarships.