European Studies  (Certificate)

Are you curious how Brexit, migration, populism and Russian tactics are affecting Europe and the embattled European Union? Explore the fall of the Berlin Wall, the emergence of a strong Central Europe, and the modern challenges dividing political and economic alliances and redefining the concept of Europe.

Program Description

The European studies certificate program provides a broad overview of the European countries, from their natural environment to their cultural, demographic, economic and political aspects. The pressing issues facing Europe today reveal both its tremendous diversity and the globalizing elements that invite investigation.

This certificate, a transdisciplinary collaboration involving several faculties of the School of International Letters and Cultures and other ASU faculty engaged in the study of Europe, serves a diverse population of students who would like to enhance their knowledge of European cultures for both academic and professional purposes.

The program focuses on the interconnectedness of knowledge involving European cultures, politics, religions, ethnicities, social-economic justice and sustainable solutions to old and new challenges and divisions in today's Europe. It also develops students' ability to analyze the historical development of the region and its exchanges with other world cultures. Students analyze what it meant to be European in the past and what it means today and how that knowledge can be applied to contemporary political and cultural debates as well as to professional opportunities in the region.

Career Opportunities

Graduates who have combined the certificate in European studies with their major program of study may become more marketable to employers. They often decide to pursue employment in education, political analysis, tourism and hospitality or marketing.

Contact Information

School of International Letters and Cultures | LL 440 | 480-965-6281

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

The certificate requires 15 credit hours of upper-division coursework. Each course must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better.

Required Core Course — 6 credit hours

Elective Courses (choose two) — 6 credit hours

Capstone Experience (choose one) -- 3 credit hours

Upper Division Capstone Elective (3)

Students select Capstone Experience from list below in consultation with the European studies certificate faculty coordinator and academic advisor.

Students may use credit earned on a study abroad program in a European country. Placement of the credit must be reviewed and approved by the European studies certificate faculty coordinator and the academic advisor.

Independent Study with Area Expert


Professional Seminar

Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Program Contact Information

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