Dr. Michael Baun, Campus Representative
247 West Hall

The certificate in European Union Studies is operated under the supervision of the European Council of the University System of Georgia. The program is open to all institutions and students of the University System as well as to professionals with an undergraduate degree. The program’s purpose is to promote knowledge of the European Union (EU) and certify individuals as competent in the subject area of EU studies. Since the EU is the most important economic and political partner of the United States, this certification demonstrates valuable professional expertise to potential employers. For students in the academic track, the interdisciplinary certificate can be earned as a supplement to any conventional undergraduate degree.

Admission to the Program

A certificate in European Union Studies can be earned in one of two ways. Under the academic track, a certificate is taken in tandem with an undergraduate degree program. Students from all academic majors are eligible to participate so long as they possess a minimum 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). Under the professional track, non-degree students–such as business executives–are eligible to enroll in the program upon proof of a valid undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. The minimum GPA requirement is waived.

Under either track, an application to the program cannot be made until successful completion of the following: (1) the introductory course on the European Union (EURO 3234 or POLS 4310) with a grade of “C” or better, (2) 30 semester hours of academic credit, and (3) a course in World or Western Civilization (HIST 1011, HIST 1012, or HIST 1013) or Global Issues (POLS 2401).

Requirements for Graduation with the Certificate in European Union Studies 

To earn the EU Studies certificate, students must complete the certificate curriculum (15 hours). Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in curriculum courses upon completion of the program. An official certificate is awarded upon graduation, and the certificate is noted on a student’s permanent transcripts.

Requirements for the Certificate in European Union Studies 

EURO 3234Introduction to the EU3
or POLS 4301 The European Union
Multidisciplinary Menu 19
Capstone Seminar in EU Studies 23
Total Hours15

Online Courses 

The EU Studies program has developed a curriculum of online courses that can be used to meet the certificate's requirements (see below). These courses, bearing the EURO prefix, are in different discipline areas that deal with various aspects of the EU and are taught jointly by University System institutions each semester. Students register for these courses, which are taught on GoView, at their home institution. A course schedule is available from the program’s campus representative and on the program web site.

EURO 3234Introduction to the EU3
EURO 4130European Union Law and Legal Systems3
EURO 4160Federalism and Multilevel Governance in the EU3
EURO 4230Doing Business in the EU3
EURO 4260European Monetary Union3
EURO 4330European Union Science and Technology Policy3
EURO 4430European Union Environmental Policy3
EURO 4530European Social Policy3
EURO 4630Communications and Media in the European Union3
EURO 4730European Union Foreign Policy3
EURO 4760United States-European Union Relations3
EURO 4830European Union Studies Capstone Course3

Areas of Distinction

In addition to acknowledging competence in the EU generally, the certificate also highlights special achievements by providing a notation of “distinction” in three areas:

  • a practicum experience
  • foreign language proficiency (6 semester hours at or above the 2000 level)
  • composition of a thesis

The practicum experience pertaining to the EU must be performed either in the form of an overseas visit or an internship. The overseas option is broadly defined and can be accommodated by a wide range of activities, including study or research abroad. The same flexibility applies to the internship, which can be served domestically or internationally. A student’s specific practicum experience must be approved by the program’s campus representative.

The foreign language distinction must be earned in a European language approved by the program’s campus representative as appropriate to the certificate’s objectives. A student with prior language skills can earn a distinction by successful completion of an examination demonstrating competence equivalent to the 2000 level. The exam is administered at the student’s home institution.

The thesis can be written anytime during the final year of study. It is supervised by a committee composed of three faculty members representing at least two different academic disciplines. The program’s campus representative maintains a more detailed description of thesis requirements.