Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2020-02
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: September 9, 2019
Date of Second Reading: October 7, 2019
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – School of International Letters and Cultures – for the establishment of an undergraduate certificate – European Studies
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: This certificate, a transdisciplinary collaboration involving several faculties of the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) and other ASU faculty engaged in the study of Europe, will serve a diverse student population who would like to enhance their knowledge of European cultures for both academic and professional purposes. This certificate focuses on the interconnectedness of knowledge involving European cultures, politics, religions, ethnicities, social-economic justice, and sustainable solutions to old and new challenges and divisions in today's Europe. It also develops the students' ability to analyze the historical development of the region and its exchanges with other world cultures. Students analyze what it means to be European, both in the past and today, and how that knowledge can be applied to contemporary political and cultural debates as well as professional opportunities in the region.
Students will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Europe and its future professional opportunities through tele-collaborations with academic and private-sector partners, study abroad programs, and/or internships.