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Co-Major in European Studies

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

During their first and second years, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in HIST 115 plus 1 additional course from the list below:

  • HIST 115 French Revolution to the Present: Europe 1789–Present (3)

Choose 1 of the following:

  • ECON 104 Introductory Economics (3)
  • ECON 144 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3)
  • GEOG 100 World Regional Geography (3)
  • GEOG 102 Principles of Human Geography (3)
  • POLS 150/POLS 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
  • POLS 170/POLS 171 Introduction to International Politics (3)
  • HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History (3)
  • PHIL 180 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy (3)

Note: Enrollment in the above courses counts toward College principal course distribution requirements in the humanities and social sciences.

Note: Students should begin foreign language study in a western European language other than English or Russian. Participation in a summer study abroad language institute is highly recommended. Contact a European studies adviser early to plan a program.

Admission to the Co-Major

Admission Requirements

  1. Second-semester sophomore or junior standing.
  2. Declared major in a department or admission to a professional school.

Requirements for the Co-Major

Core Requirements 6 hours

Foreign Language Skills (3 hours). Students take 1 semester beyond the College general education foreign language requirement (completion of a fourth-semester course) in a modern western European language (Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, Swedish). Some examples of a fifth-semester course:

Foundational Course (3 hours). All students enroll in EURS 500 Seminar in Eruopean Studies. This interdisciplinary seminar meets once or twice a week and covers topics in the culture, history,politics, and economics of Europe, including an overview of the history and development of the European Union. The course is normally taught in the fall semester only.

Note: EURS 500 may be replaced by EURS 503 Europe Today, taught only during summer through the Summer Institute in European Studies.

Upper-Division General European Studies Requirements 9 hours

Students enroll in 3 of the following courses (2 must be from different departments):

  • ARCH 342 History of Architecture III: Modern
  • ARCH 665 History of Urban Design
  • ECON 535 Economic History of Europe
  • ECON 536 Economic Issues of the European Union (same as EURS 536)
  • ECON 563 Current Economic Issues of East Europe
  • EURS 302 European Culture and Society 1945 to Present: Decline of Modernity and Rise of Postmodernism
  • EURS 329 History of War and Peace (same as HIST 329 and PCS 329)
  • EURS 503 Europe Today
  • EURS 505 Studies in Exile Literature
  • EURS 506 Culture and Politics of the Cold War in Western Europe
  • EURS 507 Research in European Collections
  • EURS 508 Politics and Economics of Cultural Production in Western Europe
  • EURS 509 Introduction to the Study of Southern European Societies
  • EURS 511 Topics in European Studies: ______ (when covering 2 or more countries)
  • EURS 604 The European Union
  • HA 533 European Art 1789-1848: Gender and Revolution
  • HA 564 European Art, 1900-1945
  • HA 565 Art Since 1945
  • HIST 334 The Great War: The History of World War I
  • HIST 340 The History of the Second World War
  • HIST 343 The Holocaust in History
  • HIST 380 Revolutionary Europe: The People in Arms
  • HIST 526 Nineteenth-Century Europe, 1789-1914
  • HIST 527 Recent European History, 1870 to the Present
  • HIST 528 Economic History of Europe (same as ECON 535)
  • HIST 529 Intellectual History of 19th-Century Europe
  • HIST 533 The History of Women and the Family in Europe, from 1500 to the Present
  • HWC 430 European Civilization in World Context: _____ (same as EURS 430)
  • IBUS 400 Special Topics in International Business: Business in the European Union
  • IBUS 410 Introduction to International Business
  • PCS 550/EURS 550 Classics of Peace Literature
  • PHIL 560 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 592 Contemporary Continental Philosophy
  • POLS 652 Politics in Europe
  • POLS 655 Politics of East-Central Europe
  • POLS 663 Protest and Revolution
  • POLS 669 Topics in Comparative Politics: _____ (when covering Europe, among other regions)
  • POLS 681 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • POLS 689 Topics in International Relations: _____ (when covering Europe, among other regions)
  • SOC 500 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 530 Industrial Revolution and Capitalist Development
  • SOC 780 Advanced Topics in Sociology: _____ (when covering comparative social policy between the United States and Europe)
  • THR 526 History of Theatre II

Note: This list is not exhaustive. Visit the European Studies website or the program office each semester for a complete list of upper-division general European Studies courses.

Upper-Division National or Regional European Studies Requirements 6 hours

Students enroll in 2 of the following country- or region-specific courses. These must cover 2 different countries or regions:

  • ARCH 632 Contemporary French Architecture
  • ARCH 690 Architectural Study Abroad (France, Italy, Germany, or United Kingdom)
  • ENGL 309 The British Novel
  • ENGL 314 Major British Writers After 1800
  • ENGL 315 Studies in British Literature
  • ENGL 324 Contemporary Authors: _____ (when British or Irish)
  • ENGL 327 Studies in Twentieth-Century Drama: _____ (when at least 50 percent British/Irish)
  • ENGL 332 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 334 Major Authors: _____ (when British or Irish)
  • ENGL 479 The Literature of: _____ (when British or Irish)
  • ENGL 530 Irish Literature and Culture: _____ (same as EURS 512)
  • EURS 509 Introduction to the Study of Southern European Societies
  • EURS 510 Scandinavian Life and Civilization
  • EURS 511 Topics in European Studies: ____ (when country-specific)
  • EURS 512 Irish Literature and Culture: _____ (same as ENGL 530)
  • FREN 326 Introduction to French Literature
  • FREN 335 France and the French (taught in English)
  • FREN 470 French Literature of the Twentieth Century
  • GERM 420 German Literature in English Translation: _____
  • GERM 424 German Cinema in Context (taught in English)
  • GERM 462 The German Business Environment
  • HA 530 Renaissance Art in Italy: The 15th Century
  • HA 534 Art in France 1848-1900: Modernisms
  • HA 535 Impressionism
  • HA 550 The Arts of the British Isles
  • HA 600 Biography of a City: (European city only)
  • HIST 341 Hitler and Nazi Germany
  • HIST 344 The Great Irish Famine
  • HIST 525 Modern France: From Napoleon to de Gaulle
  • HIST 536 Modern German History—1848 to the Present
  • HIST 537 France from the Renaissance to the French Revolution
  • HIST 548 British History, 1832 to the Present
  • HIST 550 The British Empire
  • HIST 551 Spain and Its Empire, 1450-1700
  • HIST 553 Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Iberia
  • HIST 555 Aspects of British Political Thought
  • HWC 520 Literature in Translation: (when a European literature)
  • ITAL 301/ITAL 302 Introduction to Italian Literature I and II
  • ITAL 335/ITAL 336 Italy and the Italians I and II (taught in English)
  • POLS 655 Politics of East-Central Europe
  • SCAN 570 Scandinavian Life and Civilization
  • SPAN 448 Spanish Language and Culture for Business
  • SPAN 453 Twentieth-Century Spanish Studies: _____
  • SPAN 470 Studies in Spanish Culture and Civilization: _____
  • SPAN 550 Colloquium on Spanish Film

Note: This list is not exhaustive. Visit the European Studies website or the program office each semester for a complete list of upper-division national or regional European Studies courses.

Final Senior Hours 3-6 hours

In the senior year, students complete one of the following options:

  • Option A. EURS 501 Senior Thesis in European Studies (3)
    A semester-long, independent research project under the supervision of a faculty thesis director.
  • Option B. 2 additional upper-division European studies courses (6)
    These courses can be general European or country-specific electives chosen from the course lists above.

Additional Regulations

No more than 9 credit hours may be shared between the 24-hour European studies co-major and another major. No more than 12 hours may be shared between a 27-hour European studies co-major and another major. Courses taken during a study abroad program in Europe may fulfill co-major requirements. Students should consult an adviser in European studies about study abroad credit before their program departure.

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