Undergraduate Program European Studies

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European Studies Certificate Overview

What is Europe? A birthplace of democracy and fascism? A cradle of civilization and colonialism? A meeting point of imperialism and socialism? A source of modernity and violence? An intersection of East-West and North-South divisions? European Studies in the Department of International and Global Studies offers courses that explore this bundle of contradictions within the vast and dynamic conglomerate called “Europe.” 

Students will gain an understanding of the range of diverse historical, political, economic, and cultural experiences and values that shape European identity and become able to critically evaluate various consequences of Europe’s interaction with the rest of the world as well as sources of tensions that are causing political upheavals in Europe.

Degree Details

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    Certificate Program
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European Studies Certificate: Why PSU?

Choose PSU’s European Studies certificate if you’re looking for:

  • Exceptional faculty. Our faculty consist of scholars with diverse disciplinary backgrounds who approach the complex issues of urbanism, nationalism and populism, modern culture, migration, social movements, and the idea of united Europe from interdisciplinary perspectives. They share not only professional knowledge but also personal experiences of living in Eastern and Western Europe.
  • Exciting, cutting-edge courses. Our face-to-face and online courses cover interesting topics such as the city in Europe, the European Union, nationalism and populism.
  • An interdisciplinary education. We offer a flexible interdisciplinary curriculum that can be tailored to your goals and interests. Our faculty are scholars from diverse disciplines such as history, political science, economics, communications and media studies.
  • Personalized advising. Professional and faculty advisors are there to support your learning goals and guide you to new opportunities.
  • Study abroad opportunities. You can enhance your knowledge of the region by going on one of the many credit-bearing international opportunities in European countries offered through PSU’s Education Abroad.
  • Scholarships and fellowships. Many scholarships are available to students, including Critical Language Scholarships as well as Boren and Fulbright opportunities. 

Our diverse campus is located in downtown Portland, one of the most vibrant cities on the West Coast.

What can I do with a Certificate in European Studies?

A certificate in European American Studies prepares students for a wide range of careers in the nonprofit, private, and government sectors. Graduates of our program have found opportunities all over the world in:

  • Graduate programs in European and International Studies, Business, Political Science, Urban Studies, Public Health, etc.
  • Private-sector employers, including international businesses 
  • Aid organizations such as the International Red Cross
  • Nonprofits focused on issues ranging from health to education, food systems, gender rights, sustainability, and more
  • Business incubators and trade organizations
  • Government agencies, with a focus on international affairs
  • Journalism and media organizations

Whether you want to pursue a career overseas, work in the United States, or prepare for a graduate degree, take the first step with a Portland State University’s European Studies certificate.

Featured Courses

  • INTL 226 Introduction to European Studies
  • INTL 350 The City in Europe
  • INTL 452/PS 452 The European Union

Individualized Curriculum

Regional Focus: At least 28 upper-division credits from advisor-approved, area-specific courses appropriate to the student’s regional focus. 

Language: Two years, or equivalent proficiency, of language study in one language appropriate to the regional focus. For students taking courses at PSU, second-year proficiency is defined by successful completion of the terminal course in the second-year language sequence, or demonstrating proficiency through the Department of World Languages and Literatures.


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).