A concentration in European Studies provides interdisciplinary exposure to Europe's history, culture, and politics, emphasizing both Europe's regional specificity and its historical and contemporary interactions with other global regions. The concentrator prepares students culturally and linguistically for professions in the public and private spheres in the United States and Europe, as well as for graduate study. Core courses are drawn from History, Art History, Classical Studies, Government, and Modern Languages and Literatures, and students choose electives from these and other departments, including Economics, English, Music, Philosophy, and Religion. Concentrators must complete courses from eleven "lines" of a menu system, where each line includes one or more courses. Once a course is counted under a line, it cannot be counted elsewhere. Thirty-three credit hours in these courses are required for the major.
Concentrators must have the following prerequisites, which do not count toward the 33 required credit hours: History 111 (Europe to 1715) and 112 (Europe since 1715), or an AP score of 4 or 5 in European History; 202 or equivalent in one European language; 102 or equivalent in a second European language.
ES concentrators are strongly encouraged to participate in study-abroad programs in Europe. Courses taken abroad are evaluated toward the ES major on a case-by-case basis.
Declaring a concentration in European Studies requires meeting with an ES advisor to create a plan of study that focuses on a particular region, chronological period, and/or theme. This plan of study must be filed with the European Studies Curriculum Faculty Advisory Committee (CFAC). Students should keep in mind that not all courses listed as eligible for the ES concentration are offered each year and should work closely with a European Studies advisor to ensureee their plan of study is viable given actual course offerings. Students are also advised to check with professors in contributing departments to confirm the frequency with which specific courses are taught. See the undergraduate catalog for concentration requirements.