Interdepartmental Specializations

In addition to the course work and offerings of the Department of Gender Studies, there are three Advanced Certificates open to Gender Studies students. In these programs students earn certificates in addition to their degree diploma. Moreover, the programs make it easier for students to take relevant courses offered by other CEU departments. Prospective students who wish to participate in an Advanced Certificate program should indicate their interest to the Department Head and the contact person of the Advanced Certificate in question. However, even after students have already enrolled in a Gender Studies program, it is still possible to register for an Advanced Certificate program. For further details, please consult the links provided below.


The Advanced Certificate in Political Thought (ACPT) engages in the comparative study of political thought from a variety of perspectives, both within and outside the Western canon. Special attention will be given to the historicity of diverse political traditions but also to recurring themes and questions. Learning to recognize political thought, both past and present, as being time- and place-specific will equip students, regardless of their major field of study, with additional analytical and methodological skills grounded in the appreciation of the contextual and intertextual aspects of diverse intellectual traditions. Beyond contextualization the students will learn about comparative methods, addressing topics of political thought from intercultural and diachronic perspectives.


The Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies, issued by the Center for Religious Studies (CRS), represents a non-degree certificate in Religious Studies for enrolled MA and PhD students. Over the course of their studies, students are expected to engage in the study of religious phenomena ranging from Antiquity to modernity in a historical framework and through a wide variety of interdisciplinary approaches. The Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies was launched in 2007 by the Center for Religious Studies (formerly the Religious Studies Program). Courses offered by the Center cover the scientific study of the three monotheistic religions, and their elements pertinent various historical periods, focusing on a multidisciplinary approach. Courses are offered by the departments of History, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Jewish Studies, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Political Science, International Relations, and the School of Public Policy. The CEU Religious Studies alumni successfully acquire prestigious international scholarships aimed at further study at the prominent universities such as Yale, Oxford, Chicago, and Toronto, as well as many European research centers networked with other European universities. Some of them pursue the PhD programs at CEU, while others enter challenging professional fields pertaining to academia, culture, art and government.

Please note that students of Department of Gender Studies are eligible for CEU Religious Studies Scholarship. Deatils TBA during the application period!


The advanced certificate program in Romani Studies offers the core knowledge, expertise and critical competences and skills to lead educational and research projects as well as design and implement policies related to Roma equality, social inclusion and diversity management. Since 2017, the Romani Studies Program has been an independent academic unit of CEU with the goal of engaging scholars, policy makers and activists in interdisciplinary knowledge production and debate on Roma issues. The program aims to provide students with theoretical, methodological and analytical tools to understand the position of Roma in Europe historically and in the present moment and to contribute to the promotion of social change in our society.


The Advanced Certificate in Visual Theory and Practice (VTP) offers students the core knowledge and the skills to pursue visual research related to their own fields of study. Developed and coordinated by the VTP executive committee, it is a cross-disciplinary program giving MA and PhD students the opportunity to engage with visuality and visual methodologies during their studies. This includes access to courses on the theory and practice of working with visual imagery as well as one-on-one supervision on a thesis that centers on the analysis of visual material or the production of a visual project. Additional activities include seminar courses, public lectures, conferences, workshops and public programs organized by faculty, invited guests and artists in residence. Through such activities, students will become familiar with, and engage in, interdisciplinary dialogues on visual imagery across various fields of study.