Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in European Affairs

Do you wish to learn more about European affairs for career advancement or personal enrichment?

Our certificate in European affairs gives students an understanding of Europe 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.

Required Courses

The post-bac certificate in European affairs consists of 15-16 credit hours to consist of the following components:

One course from each of the three areas (9 credit hours)
(Note: No more than 2 courses shall be below the 200-level)

Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
ENG-L 101 Western World Masterpieces I 3
ENG-L 102 Western World Masterpieces II 3
FINA-A 102 Renaissance Through Modern Art 3
FINA-A 315 Ancient Art 3
FINA-A 322 Romanesque and Gothic Art 3
FREN-F 363 Introduction a la France moderne 3
FREN-F 461 La France contemporaine 3
GER-G 363 Introduction to German Cultural History 3
GER-G 415 Perspectives on German Literature 3
GER-G 418 German Film and Popular Culture 3
GER-G 464 German Culture and Society 3
HUMA-U 101 Introduction to the Humanities 3
HUMA-U 102 Introduction to Modern Humanities 3
SPAN-S 407 Survey of Spanish Literature I 3
SPAN-S 408 Survey of Spanish Literature II 3
SPAN-S 411 Spain: The Cultural Context 3
History and Philosophy
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
HIST-H 103 Europe: Renaissance to Napoleon 3
HIST-H 104 Europe: Napoleon to the Present 3
HIST-H 206 Medieval Civilizations 3
HIST-B 312 History of the City in the Modern Era 3
HIST-D 310 Russian Revolution and the Soviet Regime 3
HIST-D 330 Eastern Europe: 1944 to the Present 3
PHIL-P 304 19th Century Philosophy 3
REL-R 152 Jews, Christians, Muslims 3
Politics and Geography*
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
POLS-Y 335 West European Politics 3
POLS-Y 349 Comparative Public Policy 3
POLS-Y 350 Politics of the European Union 3
POLS-Y 354 Ethnicity and Nationalism in Contemporary Europe 3
GEOG-G 418 Historical Geography 3
*Other appropriate courses may be offered (e.g. special topics courses) and substituted subject to approval.

Language (3-4 credit hours)
Students will take 1 language course in French, German, or Spanish. The specific course will depend on student performance on a placement test.

Electives (3 credit hours)
Students will take one additional elective course in language, culture, history & philosophy, politics & geography, or (strongly encouraged) a short-term (a few weeks) study abroad program in Europe. These are available through the Indiana University Office of Overseas Study and other IU campuses. Examples of such programs may include an IU Kokomo-based program in France focusing on art history or a public policy-focused program in Lithuania offered through Bloomington’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs. Dozens of somewhat longer (approximately 6 weeks) summer programs are also available.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to receive the certificate.

The following is a suggested map of the curriculum for scheduling purposes:

Fall Semester
3 hours required in each, unless otherwise stated.

  • Foreign Language (3 or 4 hours)
  • Political Science or Geography course**
  • Literature or Fine Arts course

Spring Semester
3 hours required in each, unless otherwise stated.

  • History or Philosophy/Religion course**
  • Elective Course

** Should an appropriate political science or geography course not be offered in fall semester, swap the history/philosophy/religion course from spring and do the political science/geography in spring instead.

Total Hours: 15 or 16

Admission Process

To apply for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, you must submit the following:

  • Application for Undergraduate Admission
    (Apply by selecting Freshman in the applicant category)
  • A one-time, non-refundable application fee of $35 is required. This fee is not required if you have previously applied for undergraduate admission at any Indiana University Campus.
  • Official transcripts from the college/university awarding your bachelor's degree.


For more information and advising, please contact Dana Gohmann, M.Ed., lead academic advisor in the School of Social Sciences.

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Dana Gohmann M.Ed.

Lead Academic Advisor
Assistant to the Dean

Crestview Hall 137
Phone: (812) 941-2391

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