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 since 1789 and encourages them to question assumptions about Europe's role in the world in this era. 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 (

Major Requirements

The major in European studies consists of ten courses plus a thesis. The courses are distributed as follows:

1) Two Foundation Courses.
EUS 101. Introduction to Europe
One course on the history of modern Europe (EU/HI 104. Europe, 1789 to the Present, or the equivalent).

2) Languages and Cultures. Four courses, taken in either of the following sequences:
Four courses in French, German, Russian, or Spanish.
Two courses above the 100 level taught in each of two of the following languages: French, German, Russian, and Spanish.

3) Electives. Three elective courses taken from 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.
BSAG 009. Mapping the City: The Urban Landscape as Text.
BSAG 010. Culture, Controversy, Cryptography, Calculus.
BSAS 003. Spain in the Twentieth Century: National Narratives Old and New.
ENG 243. Romantic Literature (1790-1840).
ENG 254. Modern British Literature since 1900.
ES/RE 216. Natures in the Culture of Russia.
EU/HI 206. The Empire Strikes Back: The Ends of European Empires in the Twentieth Century.
EU/RU 213. Russian Identities and National Values in Russian Literature.
EUS 215. Jewish Lives in Eastern Europe: History, Memory, Story.
EU/GR 220. Remembering War: The Great War, Memory and Remembrance in Europe.
EUS 240. Daily Life Under Hitler and Stalin.
EU/GR 254. Berlin and Vienna, 1900-1914.
EU/HI 255. Revolutionary Europe and Its Legacies, 1789–1989.
EUS 261. Slavic Europe.
EU/SO 290. Political Sociology.
INDS s18. Wilde Times: Scandal, Celebrity, and the Law.
EU/PT s22. Politics of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe.
EUS s24. Slavic Europe.
ES/EU s28. Green City Germany: Experiments in Sustainable Urbanism.
EUS s50. Independent Study
FR/GS 151. Introduction to French and Francophone Film.
FRE 207. Introduction to Contemporary France.
FRE 240G. Science and Literature.
FRE 250. Power and Resistance through Writing.
FRE s24. Cooking up French Culture.
FRE s24. French Drama.
FRE s36. The Evolution of French Cinema.
FYS 297. Idea of Europe.
FYS 266. Fakers, Forgers, Looters, Thieves.
FYS 404. On the Road to Spain.
FYS 423. Humor and Laughter in Literature and Visual Media.
FYS 433. Reimagining Europe.
FYS 480. Communism.
GER 241. German Modernisms.
GER 244. Staged Marriages.
GER 251. The Age of Revolution: The German Enlightenment, Classicism and Romantic Rebellion, 1750-1830.
GER 252. Tracing the Autobiographical: Personal Narratives in Twentieth-Century German Literature.
GER 256. The Age of Materialism, 1830-1899.
GER 264. World War I in German Culture.
GER s26. The Split Screen: Reconstructing National Identities in West and East German Cinema.
HIST 217. Fortress Europe: Race, Migration, and Difference in European History.
HIST 256. British Modernity, 1688 to the Present.
MUS 210. Classical Music in Western Culture.
PHIL 272. Philosophy from Descartes to Kant.
PHIL 273. Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century.
PLTC 232. The Politics of Post-Communism.
PLTC 248. The Arctic: Politics, Economics, Peoples.
PLTC 260. Nationalism and Nation Building.
PLTC 295. Reading Marx, Rethinking Marxisms.
SOC 395A. European Integration: Politics, Society, and Geography.
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 377. Seminar in Architectural History.
AVC 381. Modernisms: A Global Perspective.
EUS 300. Sport in Europe.
INDS 301A. Sex and the Modern City: European Cultures at the Fin-de-Siècle.
EU/SP 366. Iberian Nightmares: Fantasy and Horror in Spanish and Portuguese Cinemas.
EU/SO 395Q. Populism in the Ages of Globalization.
FRE 373. Close-up on the Enlightenment: Film, Text, Context.
FRE 374. Écrire la Révolution: French Literature in the Nineteenth Century.
FRE 375. The French Dis/Connection in Contemporary Literature.
FRE. 376. Writing Gender in French.
FRE 378. Voix francophones des Antilles.
GER 350. Margins and Migrations.
GER 358. Literature and Film of the German Democratic Republic.
GS/SP 344. Gendering Social Awareness in Contemporary Spain.
HIST 301X. "Self-Evident Truths": A History of Human Rights and Humanitarianism.
PLTC 333. State Formation, State Development, State Collapse.
PLTC 344. Ethnicity and Conflict.
SOC 395A. European Integration: Politics, Society, and Geography.
SPAN 368. Realismo.

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.

European Studies majors and minors may not use the Modern Europe GEC (C024) toward meeting General Education requirements.