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Co-Major in European Studies

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Requirements for the Co-Major

European Studies Prerequisites or Co-requisites. Students selecting this co-major must complete the following:

  • French Revolution to the Present: Europe 1789–Present. Satisfied by HIST 115 (3).
  • Interdisciplinary Perspective. Satisfied by 1 course from the following:

ECON 104 Introductory Economics (4)

ECON 144 Principles of 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.

European Studies Core Knowledge and Skills. Students selecting this co-major must complete the following:

  • Second Language Skills (3 hours). Students must complete 1 semester beyond the College general education second language requirement (completion of a fourth-semester course) in a modern western European language (Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, Swedish).
  • Seminar in European Studies. Satisfied by EURS 500 or EURS 503.
  • Upper-Division General European Studies Required Electives. Satisfied by 3 courses (9 hours) of the following (2 must be from different departments):

ARCH 542 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. Satisfied by 2 courses (6 hours) from the following country- or region-specific options. 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 152 France and the French (taught in English)

FREN 326 Introduction to French Literature

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.

  • Capstone-Final Senior Course. In the senior year, students complete one of the following options:

Senior Thesis in European Studies. Satisfied by EURS 501.

Junior/Senior (300+) European studies courses. Satisfied by 2 courses (6 hours) of general European or country-specific electives chosen from the course lists above.

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.

Co-Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Co-Major Hours
Satisfied by 24 hours of co-major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 24 hours of KU resident credit in the co-major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 24 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the co-major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

No more than 12 hours may be shared between a 27-hour European studies co-major and another major.

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