The certificate in European Union studies (CEUS) allows CU Boulder undergraduates in a range of social science and humanities programs to gain skills and understanding around the European Union (EU). The certificate documents a student's expertise in European Union studies, opening opportunities for further study, internships and careers in public, private or nonprofit sectors.
CEUS is housed in the International Affairs Program (IAFS) in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the certificate curriculum is intentionally interdisciplinary. Students admitted into the program will complete coursework with EU content going beyond what they can obtain merely by completing any single major. They will also participate in cocurricular activities to augment their understanding of the development, focus, functioning and future of the EU.
Upon completion of this program, students will have a demonstrated understanding of the European Union; its politics, history, institutions, economics, policies, member states, relations with the US, role in the world and much more.
For more information, visit the program's European Union Studies webpage.
Application and Admission
Applications for admission into the certificate program can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application includes an essay describing the applicant’s interests and background in EU studies and reasons or motivations for pursuing this certificate. Please include an unofficial transcript.
All degree-seeking students at CU Boulder are eligible to apply for the certificate once they have completed at least 30 credit hours of coursework and have completed at least six credits hours of coursework from the certificate requirements (below). The certificate would be particularly useful, however, to students majoring in one of the following related social science and humanities majors: International Affairs, Political Science, History, Geography, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Economics, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian Studies, or German Studies.
Applications will be reviewed once each semester for admission effective the following term.
A total of 19 credit hours of coursework is required to complete the certificate. All credit hours must be completed with grades of C- or better and an overall GPA of 2.000. None of the required hours may be taken pass/fail.
In addition to their coursework, CEUS students will attend at least four EU-related lectures and events during their semesters of residency at CU and will submit a brief write-up of the main themes or discussion points of the events to email@example.com.
|Lower-Division Core Requirements||7|
|It is essential that all students in the EU Studies Certificate program begin with a common framework for the analysis of international institutions and relations as a background for the upper-division coursework in EU studies. All students must therefore complete the following lower-division requirements:|
|Introduction to Comparative Politics|
|Global Issues and International Affairs|
|Upper-Division Core Requirements||3|
|European Union Politics|
|Students must complete at least 9 hours of relevant upper-division coursework, including at least 6 credit hours from outside their major or minor, selected fromm the list below. Courses not listed here but with a focus on EU issues may be applied to this elective requirement with permission from the Director of International Affairs. This includes, in particular, courses taken on authorized study abroad program in EU countries.|
|Economic History of Europe|
|Special Topics in Finance (certain topics)|
|Geography of Western Europe|
|Issues in German Politics and Literature|
|Gender, Race and Immigration in Germany and Europe|
|The Age of Religious Wars: Reformation Europe,1500-1648|
|Britain and the Empire, 1688-1964|
|History of France since 1815|
|German History 1848-1989: Weimar Republic, Nazism, State Socialism|
|Modern European Thought and Culture, 1870-Present|
|Europe since 1945|
|French Connections: Contemporary France and America in Historical Context|
|History of Modern Italy|
|Current Affairs in International Relations|
|Democracy and Its Citizens in the US and EU|
|International Political Economy|
|Western European Politics|
|East European Politics|
|International Cooperation and Global Anarchy|
|Europe and the International System|
|Catalan Culture 1: Nation and Art|
|Catalan Culture 2: Contemporary Trends and Barcelona|
|Discovering Barcelona: Culture and Heritage|
|Barcelona: Understanding Local and Immigrant Cultures|
|Total Credit Hours||19|
Students earn the certificate in European Union studies upon verification by the Director of International Affairs that they have completed a series of curricular and co-curricular requirements.