The Program in European Studies reinforces the college's mission to engage students in a journey of intellectual discovery and informed global citizenship. European studies is a multifaceted interdisciplinary program that broadens students' understanding of the region and encourages them to question assumptions about Europe's role in the world in the last two centuries. Courses offered in European studies (EUS or EU) are taught in English.
The establishment of the European Union and the intricate processes of negotiating national identities are recent and contentious steps toward greater political, economic, and cultural collaboration. At the same time, national politics, cultures, histories, sports and entertainment, arts, economies, and languages continue to play a role in defining what Europe is today and what it will become in the future.
The contemporary complexities of European history, society, politics, and languages can only be fully understood by transcending disciplinary boundaries. Courses offered by a variety of departments and programs provide a rich resource for European studies and ensure an interdisciplinary approach to cultural texts and their sociopolitical contexts. More information on European studies may be found on the website (bates.edu/european-studies/).
Major Requirements. The major in European studies consists of ten courses plus a thesis. The courses are distributed as follows:
1) Foundation Courses.
EUS 101. Introduction to European Studies.
One course on the history of modern Europe (HIST 104. Europe, 1789 to the Present, or the equivalent)
2) Languages and Cultures. One of the following sequences:
Four courses above the 100 level in French, German, Russian, or Spanish
Two courses above the 100 level taught in two of the following languages: French, German, Russian, and Spanish.
3) Electives. Three elective courses, in at least two different disciplines, from the list below:
AVC 279. Abstract Expressionism.
AVC 281. Realism and Impressionism.
AVC 282. Modern European Art.
AVC 284. Revolutions and Romanticisms.
AVC 290. Modern Architecture.
AVC s28. Desiring Italy.
BSAG 003. Spain in the Twentieth Century: National Narratives Old and New.
BSAG 009. Mapping the City: The Urban Landscape as Text.
BSAR 002. St. Petersburg: Peter's Impossible City.
BSAR 015. Russian Cultures: The Microbial Perspective.
BSAV 001. From Habsburg to Haider: Austria in the Twentieth Century.
BSAV 006. The European Union.
ENG 121H. The Brontës.
ENG 121K. Frankenstein's Creatures.
ENG 220. Dickens Revised.
ENG 236. Charlotte Brönte and George Eliot.
ENG 238. Jane Austen: Then and Now.
ENG 243. Romantic Literature.
ENG 245. Sexuality in Victorian Literature.
ENG 251. Downton Abbey and the Politics of the Estate.
ENG 254. Modern British Literature since 1900.
ENG 264. Modern Irish Poetry.
ENG s27. Downton Abbey and the Politics of the Estate.
ES/RU 216. Nature in Russian Culture.
ES/RU s20. Environment and Culture in Russia.
EU/GR 220. Remembering the War: The Great War, Memory, and Remembrance in Europe.
EU/GR 254. Berlin and Vienna, 1900-1914.
EU/GR s21. Weimar and Berlin: German Culture in European Context.
EU/HI 206. The Empire Strikes Back: The Ends of European Empires in the Twentieth Century.
EU/PT s22. Politics of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe.
EUS 120. Kusturica: Gentle Barbarian or Barbaric Gentleman?
EUS 240. Daily Life under Hitler and Stalin.
EUS 248. Narratives of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.
EUS 261. Slavic Culture.
EUS s20. Transylvanian Journey: Myth, Reality, and the Traveler "beyond the Forest."
EUS s23. Dracula Looks in the Mirror: Popular Imagination and Transcultural Adaptation.
EU/GR s21. Weimar and Berlin: German Culture in European Context.
EUS s26. Russian and Soviet Film.
FRE 251. Introduction to French Literature II.
FRE s24. Cooking up French Culture.
FRE s36. The Evolution of French Cinema.
FRE s39. Tintin et les Intellos.
GER 241. German Modernisms.
GER 244. Staged Marriages.
GER 262. The Split Screen: Reconstructing National Identities in West and East German
GER 264. World War I in German Culture.
GER 270. Living with the Nazi Legacy.
GER s26. The Split Screen: Reconstructing National Identities in West and East German Cinema.
HIST 217. Race in Modern Europe, 1750 to the Present.
HIST 229. The Holocaust in History.
HIST 235. Britain in the World/The World in Britain, 1790–1990.
HIST 254. Revolutionary Europe and Its Legacies, 1789–1989.
HIST 256. British Modernity, 1688–to the Present.
INDS 256. The Rites of Spring.
MUS 210. Classical Music in Western Culture.
MUS 220/s26. Performance in Western Classical Music.
PHIL 273. Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century.
PLTC 232. The Politics of Post-Communism.
PLTC 248. The Artic.
PLTC 260. Nationalism and Nation Building.
PLTC 295. Reading Marx, Rethinking Marxisms.
SPAN s29. Cinema in Spain.
THEA 220. The Modern Stage: Ibsen to O'Neill.
THEA 222. The Modern Stage: Beckett to the Present.
THEA s33. Central European Theater and Film.
4) Senior Thesis Sequence.
a) one upper-level seminar from following courses at Bates:
AVC 390B. Pre-Raphaelitism to Modernism.
ENG 395A. Godard and European Film.
ENG 395D. Victorian Crime Fiction.
EU/SP 342. Memories of Civil War in European Film and Literature.
EU/SP 351. Iberian Modernisms.
FRE 373. Close-up on the Enlightenment: Film, Text, Context.
FRE 374. Ècrire la Rèvolution: French Literature in the Nineteenth Century.
FRE 375. The French Dis/Connection in Contemporary Literature.
FRE 376. Femmes, Ècrivanies.
GER 350. Margins and Migrations.
GER 356. Representing Austrian Fascism.
GER 357. Austrian Literature.
GER 358. Literature and Film of the German Democratic Republic.
INDS 390A. Sex and the Modern City: European Cultures at the Fin-de-Siècle.
HIST 390X. "Self-Evident Truths": A History of Human Rights and Humanitarianism.
PLTC 344. Ethnicity and Conflict.
SOC 395A. European Integration: Politics, Society, and Geography.
SPAN 345. Twentieth-Century Spanish Drama.
SPAN 347. Building Memory: Narratives of the Spanish Civil War.
SPAN 362. Culture in Franco Spain.
SPAN 368. Realismo.
SP/WS 344. Gendering Social Awareness in Contemporary Spain.
b) EUS 457, 458. Senior Thesis.
Double Majors. Students who are double majors in European studies and French, German, Russian, or Spanish must complete at least seven distinct courses (plus the thesis) that count toward the European studies major.
Study Abroad. Study abroad in Europe is encouraged but not required to complete the major. Up to four courses from approved study-abroad programs may be counted toward the language or elective courses, with the approval of the program chair.
Pass/Fail Grading Option. Students may count either one 100- or 200-level elective or one 200-level language course taken pass/fail toward the major.