Major Requirements

The contemporary complexities of European history, society, politics, and languages can only be fully understood by transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries. Courses in a variety of departments and programs at the college provide a rich resource for European studies and ensure an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cultural texts and their sociopolitical contexts.

The major in European studies consists of 10 courses plus a senior thesis. The courses are grouped as follows:

Foundation Courses (2 credits): All students take the interdisciplinary gateway course, European Studies 101, “Introduction to European Studies,” and History 104, “Europe, 1789 to the Present.” “Introduction to European Studies” must be completed on campus.

Language Courses (4 credits): All students must complete either four courses above the 100 level in one of the following languages: French, German, Russian, or Spanish; or two credits above the 100 level in two of these languages.

Electives (3 credits): All students complete three courses of approved electives from at least two different disciplines. (go to List of Electives)

Seminar and Thesis (2 credits): All students complete a seminar course selected from the following: Art and Visual Culture 390B, English 395A, English 395D, French 373, French 374, French 375, French 376, German 356, German 357, German 358, History 390A, History 390X, Politics 344, Sociology 395A, Spanish 444, Spanish 447. The seminar and thesis must be completed on campus. (go to List of Seminars)

Double Majors: Students who are double majors in European studies and one of the participating language departments must complete at least seven distinct courses (plus thesis) that count toward European studies.

Study Abroad: Study abroad in Europe is encouraged but not required to complete the major. Up to four credits from approved study abroad programs may be counted toward the language requirements and/or electives.