Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in European Affairs

Do you wish to learn more about European affairs for career advancement or personal enrichment?

Our post-baccalaureate certificate in European affairs gives students an understanding of Europe today, offering insights into cultural, social, political, historical, geographic, and economic variables essential to appreciating European societies, as well as a basic introduction to one European language.

Certificate Information

15-16 credit hours
Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0

For more information specific to you and your situation, meet with your academic advisor and find your ideal pathway to complete your degree on time.

The post-baccalaureate certificate in European affairs consists of the following components:

  • One course from each of the four areas - 12 - 13 credit hours.
  • One additional course from one of the 4 areas or may complete a Study Abroad in Europe for a minimum of 3 credit hours. Study Abroad in Europe is strongly recommended.

No more than 2 courses shall be below the 200-level. All courses are 3.0 credit hours and require a grade of C- or better unless otherwise noted.



Students will take 1 language course in French, German, or Spanish. The specific course will depend on student performance on a placement test.

  • FREN-F or GER-G or SPAN-S (3-4 credit hours)

Choose one course

  • ENG-L 297 - English Literature to 1600
  • ENG-L 298 - English Literature from 1600 to 1800
  • ENG-L 299 - English Literature Since 1800
  • ENG-L 303 - Medieval English Literature in Translation
  • ENG-L 309 - Elizabethan Poetry
  • ENG-L 313 - Early Plays of Shakespeare
  • ENG-L 314 - Late Plays of Shakespeare
  • ENG-L 365 - Continental Drama
  • FINA-A 101 - Ancient and Medieval Art
  • FINA-A 102 - Renaissance through Modern Art
  • FREN-F 300 - Lectures Et Analyses Litteraires
  • FREN-F 363 - Introduction a la France moderne
  • FREN-F 461 - La France contemporaine
  • FREN-F 475 - Advanced Oral Practice 1
  • FREN-F 495 - Individual Readings in French
  • GER-G 362 - Introduction to Contemporary Germany
  • GER-G 363 - Introduction to German Cultural History
  • GER-G 415 - Perspectives on German Literature
  • GER-G 418 - German Film and Popular Culture
  • GER-G 464 - German culture and Society
  • SPAN-S 407 - Survey of Spanish Literature I
  • SPAN-S 408 - Survey of Spanish Literature II
  • SPAN-S 411 - Spain: The Cultural Context
  • SPAN-S 275* - Hispanic Culture and Conversation
  • SPAN-S 291* - Hispanic Literature and Civilization
  • SPAN-S 301* - The Hispanic World 1
  • SPAN-S 302* - The Hispanic World 2
  • SPAN-S 303* - The Hispanic World
  • SPAN-S 363* - Introduction to Hispanic Culture
  • SPAN-S 494* - Individual Readings in Hispanic Studies

* Denotes courses that are subject to departmental approval.

History and Philosophy
Choose one course

  • HIST-H 103 - Europe: Renaissance to Napoleon
  • HIST-H 104 - Europe: Napoleon to the Present
  • HIST-B 323 - History of the Holocaust
  • HIST-B 361 - Europe in the 20th Century I
  • HIST-B 362 - Europe in the 20th Century II
  • PHIL-P 302 - Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 304 - Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 314 - Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 410 - Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • REL-R 152 - Jews, Christians, & Muslims
  • REL-R 327 - Christianity, 50-450

Politics and Geography
Choose one course

  • POLS-Y 335 - West European Politics
  • POLS-Y 349 - Comparative Public Policy
  • POLS-Y 354 - Nationalism in Europe
  • GEOG-G 418 - Historical Geography


Choose one additional course from any area listed above or complete a Study Abroad in Europe. Study Abroad in Europe is strongly encouraged.

Please note that other appropriate courses may be offered and substituted subject to approval.

The following is a suggested map of the curriculum for scheduling purposes:

Fall Semester
3 hours required in each, unless otherwise stated.

  • Foreign Language (3 or 4 credit hours)
  • Political Science or Geography course**
  • Literature or Fine Arts course

Spring Semester
3 hours required in each, unless otherwise stated.

  • History or Philosophy/Religion course**
  • Elective course

** Should an appropriate political science or geography course not be offered in fall semester, swap the history/philosophy/religion course from spring and do the political science/geography in spring instead.

Total hours - 15 or 16


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