European Union Certificate Program
The European Union (EU) Studies Certificate is the university system’s initial effort at offering a common curriculum open to all system institutions. The program is housed at the European Union Center of the University System of Georgia at Georgia Institute of Technology. The EU Center is one of 15 in the United States officially sanctioned by the European Commission to promote the study of the EU. This linkage enables the certificate to draw upon scholars nationally, as well as internationally, in curricular activities.
A Certificate in EU Studies must be taken in tandem with a formal degree program. Students from all academic majors are eligible to participate as long as they possess a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). A student may formally apply to enroll in the program after successful completion of the following:
- the certificate’s introductory course in European Union (EU) Studies with a grade of “C” or better, which may be taken at Dalton State College as an online course;
- 30 semester hours of academic credit, and
- a course in World or Western Civilization or Global Studies.
The certificate is composed of six courses that total a minimum of 17 semester hours of academic credit in which students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA upon graduation. An official certificate and transcript recognition are awarded by a student’s home institution for satisfactory fulfillment of the curriculum.
Limitations at Dalton
Although the coursework can be commenced at Dalton, certificate requirements necessitate the completion of the program at a full four-year university that is a part of the University System of Georgia. In addition, a “real-life” practicum experience pertaining to the EU must be performed either in the form of an overseas visit or an internship. The overseas option is broadly defined and can be accommodated by a wide range of activities, including study or research abroad. The same flexibility applies to the internship, which can be served domestically or internationally. A student’s specific practicum experience must be approved by the programs’ EU Campus Representative. The certificate also highlights special achievements by providing a notation of “distinction” in two areas:
- foreign language (six semester hours at or above the 2000 level)
- composition of a thesis
- World or Western Civilization or Global Studies
- Introduction to the European Union (grade of “C” or better)
- a 2.75 GPA entrance requirement
- Four interdisciplinary courses from an approved menu in Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, Business and Economics, and Natural & Health Sciences
- Capstone Seminar
- Practicum experience (European program or internship)
- a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses
Introduction to the European Union (EU 1000)
This course constitutes the program’s core course offering and is taught at the level (1000-3000) appropriate to an institution’s status (two-year or four-year) and discipline preference. The course is scheduled to occur in the Spring semester at each institution so that students have access to expertise across the university system and from specialists overseas through distance learning. Optional elements of the course may include a simulation of EU institutions and a trip to Brussels to observe the EU in operation. Although counted only once toward satisfying the certificate requirements, a student taking the introductory level at the 1000 or 2000 level is not precluded from enrolling in the course at the 3000 level.
Each institution maintains an approved “menu” of courses that can be utilized to satisfy the certificate’s requirements. A student must complete four courses from this menu distributed among at least three different discipline areas: Social Sciences, Humanities & Fine Arts, Business & Economics, and Natural & Health Sciences. No more than one course can be taken at the 1000-2000 level. Students may substitute one, but no more than two, multidisciplinary courses by performing an internship and/or composing a thesis.
A 4000-level seminar serves as a capstone experience and should ideally be the last course taken in the certificate program. This course is team-taught in the Fall semester by faculty across the university system.