International and Area Studies

European Studies

European Studies
Hours45 - 61 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

requirement 1 Complete 1 course
Complete the GE Foreign Language requirement in a European language.
requirement 5 Complete 1 option
Disciplinary tracks:
option 5.1 Complete 2 groups
A. Social Sciences Track:
option 5.2
B. Humanities Track: Complete four courses from the following: Any 300- or 400-level art history, film, humanities, literature, or philosophy course with a European emphasis. Certain 200-level courses may also count toward this requirement. Prior to registration each semester, the European Studies coordinator will distribute a list of courses that will count toward this requirement.
requirement 6 Complete 1 course
requirement 7
Complete 9 hours of supporting course work. In consultation with the faculty coordinator, propose a list of advanced courses (typically 300- or 400- level) that are European focused and that have a coherent logic relative to educational and career goals. Note that courses approved for this requirement may not be used to fulfill any other European Studies requirement. No more than three credits may be double-counted between the European Studies major and another major or minor. Students may count up to three hours of European-related academic internship credit (usually IAS 399R) toward this requirement.
requirement 8
Complete an exit interview or participate in a focus group with the European Studies coordinator during the final semester before graduation. At this interview, students will take a short assessment examination on European history, politics, and culture and will be asked to reflect on their progress in achieving the learning outcomes of the major, their experience in the program, and their life-long learning and career goals.
Program Outcomes: 

Factual Knowledge

Demonstrate advanced factual knowledge of European geographies, histories, politics, and cultures.

Analyzing European Topics

Show proficiency in analyzing and interpreting specific European topics using major theories and concepts from the core European Studies disciplines (history, political science, and the humanities).

Life-Long Learning

Develop the intellectual curiosity and habits of thought that will lead to life-long learning and continued engagement with European history, literature, culture, languages, and current affairs.

International Experience

Acquire advanced international and intercultural competency through coursework in international studies, habitual reading of European and global news, regular attendance at Kennedy Center lectures, and meaningful international study abroad, internship, and mentored learning experiences.

Language Proficiency

Demonstrate the ability to read and communicate, both verbally and in writing, in a European language other than English.