European Studies (Certificate)

At a Glance: program details

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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.

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 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.

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

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

  • Growth: 0.7%
  • Median Salary*: 63230
  Bright Outlook

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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