Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in European and European Union Studies (EEUS)

This is a new curricular opportunity for graduate students interested in interdisciplinary research on modern Europe. This certificate is intended primarily for graduate-level students in LSA departments and professional schools as a means to acquire context-based expertise as well as formal recognition of this expertise on their U-M transcript.

The 15 credit-hour Graduate Certificate is structured with distinct social science and humanities tracks. The first, “Politics, Economy, and Society of Europe and the EU,” focuses on the EU and its policies; students can build an interdisciplinary curriculum by drawing on courses offered in political science, economics, law, and business. The second, “European Societies and Cultures,” emphasizes the historical, literary, and artistic traditions of Europe through courses in history, anthropology, comparative literature, and art history. Both tracks require completion of a core course and an independent study research seminar leading to a final paper/project/practicum that must be approved by two faculty members.


Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate will complete 15 credit hours of instruction, including EURO 600 (Proseminar in European Studies), and courses in at least three major disciplinary areas. Courses should be selected in consultation with the CES advisor.

EURO 600.001/HIST 698.001 European Studies Proseminar: Teaching European History After the Global Turn
This course explores the ways that transnational perspectives have changed the way historians think of “European” history. It aims for a wide audience of graduate students who expect to be responsible for teaching European history, without always being specialists in this field. The course will have a broadly chronological structure, paying close attention to the following themes: the "Atlantic World," the Industrial Revolution, European imperialisms in the "Democratic Age," European integration in the era of decolonization and the Cold War, and European integration after 1989.

EURO 801 (Directed Reading) is available for students who wish to pursue independent study with a faculty member focused on European studies. Students wishing to use another course to fulfill the degree requirements should consult with the CES advisor prior to enrolling in the intended course. By the time of graduation, students must also attain a minimum of third-year competency in a language spoken in the European Union (other than English), as demonstrated by coursework (with a grade of B- or better in the final semester) or an examination administered by the relevant U-M language department. For students enrolled in U-M graduate programs and professional schools, not more than one-sixth of the credits required for any given master's degree may be double-counted between a certificate and that master's. Double-counted courses may not exceed one-half of the certificate requirements.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed by the CES Graduate Committee.

Current Rackham Students: Any student with a bachelor's degree who has been admitted to or is currently enrolled in a Rackham graduate degree program at U-M is eligible to apply at any time for the Graduate Certificate in European and European Union Studies. To make enrollment in the certificate program effective the same term during which degree conferral will take place, applications must be received by January 15 for winter term, May 15 for spring/summer, or September 15 for fall term.

Students in any Rackham program must submit:

  • Rackham Dual Degree/Program Application, signed by the current program's Chair.
  • Current transcript and official transcripts from all universities attended.
  • Statement of purpose, which should outline why the applicant wishes to receive a certificate, and how it fits with his or her academic/professional plans and goals.

Non-Rackham Applicants: The certificate can be pursued by students currently enrolled in non-Rackham programs and professional schools at U-M. Application deadlines: March 31 for fall term and October 15 for winter term.

Applicants not enrolled in a Rackham graduate program must submit:

  • Rackham application and fee
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Statement of purpose that explains the applicant's interest in the Certificate Program and his or her background in European studies
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (GMAT and LSAT scores accepted for applicants from professional schools)
  • TOEFL scores for international applicants

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Graduate Certificate students are encouraged to meet with the CES advisor at least once per year to evaluate progress toward the certificate.

It is also important that the student's home department or school is aware of his/her intent to pursue a certificate in EEUS. The student will be personally responsible for letting the departmental advisor know of such intent, and the application will need to be signed by the current program advisor.

Students interested in the EEUS Graduate Certificate should schedule an advising appointment with CES Advisor and Director, Professor Karla Mallette.