Certificate in European Union Business


To meet the challenges of increased business globalization, Mays Business School offers a Certificate in European Union Business (EUB). The program offers Mays students seeking a B.B.A. (accounting, business honors, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management) or B.S. (agribusiness) degree the opportunity to gain a better understanding of European business by studying its history, politics and business models.

The EUB requires 21 credit hours for completion. These courses can be integrated as part of your regular business curriculum. You are encouraged to plan early and often to facilitate integration of certificate requirements within the regular undergraduate program.

Aside from taking the necessary international business courses, earning the EUB certificate requires a European Union international experience. You will also be required to demonstrate your ability to conduct business transactions in a European language (other than English).


International Business Courses: 12 hours
Three of the 12 hours must be in your major; another three hours must be IBUS 456 or an IBUS 489 course that focuses specifically on conducting business in the European Union. Courses must be selected from a list of International Business Courses or taken on a Mays faculty-led or exchange program.

European Union Area Studies: 9 hours
These nine credit hours are taken outside of Mays and focus on the history, culture, politics and economic policies of European nation-states. Scroll down to see a list of acceptable courses.

European Union Experience: 1 month minimum
A study, exchange, internship or volunteer experience in the European Union.

Foreign Language: Students must complete a 10-15 minute discussion about business in the European Union with a Mays faculty member in their desired EU language. Contact CIBS to schedule this requirement.

Steps to Completion

  1. Plan ahead: You can get started as early as your freshman year. Set up an appointment with the Center for International Business Studies in Wehner 230.
  2. Register carefully: It is important for you to schedule the appropriate classes. You are responsible for completing the required courses and international experience. Need help? Check with your academic adviser in the UPO or your department adviser.
  3. Apply before graduation: You must complete all requirements of the certificate program prior to graduation. To receive certificate recognition, apply during your graduating semester. The certificate program will be posted to the student transcript upon graduation from Mays Business School.
  4. Submit your application for the certificate here. CIBS will confirm your successful completion of the certificate requirements.

European Union Area Studies

Courses below can be used to satisfy the non-business international course requirement for the Certificate in European Union Business. They may also satisfy the international (I), humanities (H) or general (GE) elective requirements in your curriculum program. Check with your academic advisor to verify use of these courses in your degree plan.

  • ECON 320 Economic Development of Europe (GE,I)
  • HIST 324 European Society in the Industrial Age (GE,H,I)
  • HIST 336 Europe Since 1932 (GE,H,I)
  • HIST 338 The Rise of the European Middle Class (GE,H)
  • HIST 339 Eastern Europe Since 1453 (GE,H,I)
  • HIST 421 European Intellectual History in the 20th Century (GE,H)
  • HIST 477 Women in Modern European History (GE,H,I)
  • POLS 322 Western European Governments and Politics (GE,I)
  • POLS 432 The Politics of European Union (GE)
  • POLS 306 Contemporary Political Problems & Issues (This is a variable topics course and requires prior approval.)