A concentration in European Studies provides interdisciplinary exposure to Europe's history, culture, and politics. It emphasizes both Europe's regional specificity and its historical and contemporary interactions with other global regions. The concentration 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. Thirty-three credit hours in these courses are required for the major. All majors must take the required gateway course, Introduction to European Studies.
Concentrators must have the following prerequisites, which do not count toward the 33 required credit hours: 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. 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 major advisor to ensure their plan of study is viable given actual course offerings. See the undergraduate catalog for concentration requirements.