European Union Studies Certificate

Academic Requirements

There are three Certificate requirements:
1) European Union Studies Courses
2) Language Courses
3) Co-curricular Activity

European Union Studies Courses

To complete the certificate, a student must complete six EU studies courses from at least three different departments.  These courses will include:

  • PS 1317 Politics of the European Union
  • PS 1330 European Union Studies Capstone Seminar
  • One course on the historical foundation of the EU (see approved courses list)
  • Three additional courses on the EU (or with significant EU content) (see approved courses list)

PS 1317 is a prerequisite for PS 1330.

For students completing an honors thesis on the European Union, PS 1330 may be waived.

Language Courses

Students must complete the fourth semester of an official European Union language (excluding English).  Acceptable languages that are currently available at Pitt through the fourth semester include: Spanish, German, French, Italian, Swedish, (Modern) Greek, Portuguese, Hungarian, Polish, and Slovak.  Students may request placement tests through the language department. 

Co-curricular Activity

In addition to the course requirements, students must also participate in one approved European Union activity prior to graduation.  Students may complete this requirement by participating in Pitt's annual Model EU, a relevant internship, presenting a research paper on the EU at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, or by participating in an EU-themed study abroad program.  Students may discuss these and other options with the Assistant Director.

The University of Pittsburgh has an established list of pre-approved study abroad programs and providers that students must choose from if they want their study abroad credits to count towards their degree (and our certificate requirements). This list has a very large selection of both Pitt and non-Pitt run programs, and can be searched here. The search engine will allow you to explore options by city, country, major, etc.

Certificate Advising

In order to obtain maximum benefit from the program, students should meet regularly with the Assistant Director, Stephen Lund. Mr. Lund advises on the completion of requirements, and opportunities that complement classroom learning, such as internships and research opportunities. 

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