European Studies (Certificate)

At a Glance: program details

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The pressing issues facing Europe today reveal its tremendous diversity and the globalizing elements that invite investigation. When you understand complex European relations and dynamics in the past and present, you stand out as a globally informed leader with critical thinking and communication skills.

Program Description

The European studies certificate program provides a broad overview of European countries, including their natural environment and their cultural, demographic, economic and political characteristics.

The program focuses on the interconnectedness of European politics, religious diversity, ethnicities, socioeconomic justice and sustainable solutions. It also develops students' ability to analyze the historical development of the region and its exchanges with other world cultures.

Students analyze what it has meant to be European in the past, how the concept has shifted in a globalized world and how that knowledge can be applied to contemporary political and cultural debates as well as to professional opportunities in the region.

Program 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
Electives (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
Capstone Experience (choose one) -- 3 credit hours
Upper Division Capstone Experience (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
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment 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.

Career Outlook

Graduates who have obtained a certificate in European studies are attractive to employers looking for people aware of international cultural differences and the role of history and politics in current decision-making, and who can easily process information in a globalized world. Graduates may choose to pursue careers in international business, international relations, the nonprofit or government sector, tourism, hospitality or education.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Anthropologists and Archeologists

  • Growth: 4.2%
  • Median Salary*: 63940

Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 4%
  • Median Salary*: 85000

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: 99940

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910


  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: 113940
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: 64540

News Analysts, Reporters and Journalists

  • Growth: -3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 55960

Political Scientists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: 98590
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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