The Certificate in Area Studies: Western Europe at Great Northern University provides the student with a strong foundation in the historical, cultural and theological/ecclesiological characteristics of Western European peoples, with an emphasis on developing an awareness of the distinctive character of the worldviews present in Western European nations today.

The program adds significant distinctiveness and competency to anyone seeking or already employed in any related career path. This includes cross-cultural missions, government service, or work with private NGOs serving in Western Europe.

The emphasis of this program integrates knowledge of the history, culture, and religions of this region with a cultivation of one’s faith and vision for cross-cultural service among Western Europeans.

What Can I Do with a Certificate in Area Studies: Western Europe? 

  • Cross-cultural missions or leadership in an Western European context
  • Government service area specialist
  • Cross-cultural consulting
  • Serve overseas with an NGO or entrepreneurship initiative
  • Begin further studies in history/culture or certification in education 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Certificate in Area Studies: Western Europe, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and articulate in detail an understanding of the historical, cultural, and social forces that influenced the development of Western European culture and the modern states of Western Europe from ancient times to the present day.
  • Exhibit critical thinking and analytical skills for examining the interaction between historical and geo-political developments and the development of major aspects of the modern cultures of Western Europe.
  • Articulate the major historical issues related to the development of the cultural worldview of modern Western European cultures and its implications for cross-cultural ministry.
  • Demonstrate in written and verbal communication a strong understanding of the major challenges and issues related to cross-cultural service in a Western European cultural context.

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