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). It should be noted that some institutions permit the certificate to substitute for an academic minor. 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 on the condition that they fulfill the minimum GPA requirement of 2.75.
Under either track, an application to the program cannot be made until successful completion of the following:
(1) an introductory course on the European Union (EU) with a grade of “C” or better,
(2) 30 semester hours of academic credit, and
(3) a course in World History, Western Civilization, or Global Issues.
The latter course must be approved by an institution’s campus representative to the EU Studies program as containing sufficient content on Europe and European topics.