Languages, Literature, & Philosophy

European Union Studies Certificate

The European Union Studies Certificate provides an in-depth study of the European Union (EU) and its relationship with the United States and other nations. It is a collaborative program of the University System of Georgia, the European Council, the University of Munich, and the European Union Center of the University System of Georgia. The program is supported by 26 institutions statewide. The EU Studies Certificate offers a common curriculum open to all university system institutions. The program is housed at the European Union Center at Georgia Institute of Technology. The EU Center is one of ten in the United States officially sanctioned by the European Commission to promote the study of the EU. This sanction enables the certificate program to call upon national and international scholars for course offerings. A certificate in EU Studies can be taken in tandem with a formal degree program. Students from all academic majors are eligible to participate as long as they possess a minimum 2.75 cumulativeGPA.

Program Prerequisites

A student may formally apply to enroll in the program after successful completion of the following:

  • EURO 2000 - European Union Studies with a grade of C or better
  • 30 semester hours of academic credit
  • a course in world or western civilization

Program of Study

The certificate is composed of six courses, each worth three semester hours of academic credit, in which students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA upon graduation (see European Union Studies minor in the Department of History). An official certificate and transcript recognition are awarded by a student’s home institution for satisfactory fulfillment of the curriculum. A practicum experience pertaining to the EU must be performed either in the form of an overseas visit or 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. Inquire in the Department of History for more information.

The certificate also highlights special achievements by providing a notation of "distinction" in two areas:

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

Study Abroad