Undergraduate Certificate in European Affairs

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The Certificate in European Affairs is intended to give students an understanding of European societies today, offering insights into cultural, social, political, historical, geographic, and economic variables essential to appreciating European societies, as well as a basic introduction to one European language.

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Certificate Information

15-16 Credit hours
Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0

For more information specific to you and your situation, meet with your academic advisor and find your ideal pathway to complete your degree on time.

Students must complete one course from each of the 4 areas (12-13 credit hours): Language, Culture, History & Philosophy, and Politics & Geography. Student choose one additional course from one of the 4 areas or may complete a Study Abroad in Europe for a minimum of 3 credit hours. Study Abroad in Europe is strongly recommended.

No more than two courses below the 200-level will count toward the certificate.

All courses listed below are 3 credit hours and  require a grade of C- or better unless noted otherwise.



Students will take 1 language course in French, German, or Spanish. Specific course will depend on student performance on a placement test.

  • FREN-F or GER-G or SPAN-S (3-4 credit hours)

Culture (choose one course)

  • ENG-L 101 - Western World Masterpieces I
  • ENG-L 102 - Western World Masterpieces II
  • FINA-A 102 - Renaissance through Modern Art
  • FINA-A 315 - Art of the Ancient World
  • FINA-A 322 - Romanesque and Gothic Arts
  • FREN-F 363 - Introduction a la France moderne
  • FREN-F 461 - La France contemporaine
  • GER-G 363 - Introduction to German Cultural History
  • GER-G 415 - Perspectives on German Literature
  • GER-G 418 - German Film and Popular Culture
  • GER-G 464 - German culture and Society
  • HUMA-U 101 - Introduction to the Humanities
  • HUMA-U 102 - Introduction to Modern Humanities
  • SPAN-S 407 - Survey of Spanish Literature I
  • SPAN-S 408 - Survey of Spanish Literature II
  • SPAN-S 411 - Spain: The Cultural Context

History & Philosophy (choose one course)

  • HIST-H 103 - Europe: Renaissance to Napoleon
  • HIST-H 104 - Europe: Napoleon to the Present
  • HIST-H 206 - Medieval Civilization
  • HIST-B 312 - History of the European City in the Modern Era
  • HIST-D 310 - Russian Revolutions and the Soviet Regime
  • HIST-D 330 - Eastern Europe 1944-Present
  • PHIL-P 304 - Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
  • REL-R 152 - Jews, Christians, & Muslims

Politics & Geography (choose one course)

  • POLS-Y 335 - West European Politics
  • POLS-Y 349 - Comparative Public Policy
  • POLS-Y 350 - Politics of the European Union
  • POLS-Y 354 - Nationalism in Europe
  • GEOG-G 418 - Historical Geography


Choose one additional course from any area listed above or complete a Study Abroad in Europe. Study Abroad in Europe is strongly encouraged.

Please note that other appropriate courses may be offered and substituted subject to approval.


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