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updated 3/17/2009

European Studies

Jeff Persels, Director


European Studies is a program within the Richard L. Walker Institute of International and Area Studies offering an undergraduate major and minor. The major is designed to provide a broadly based, interdisciplinary foundation for undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences who are interested in European history, cultures, geography, politics, and economics. European studies majors are required to develop a working knowledge of a second European language and to acquire some experience studying in a region where that language is spoken. Each student is required to develop a program of study that combines work from two or more academic departments. Academic advisement is done by the program director in consultation with faculty from the participating departments.

Degree Requirements

(120 hours)

1. General Education Requirements (53-62 hours)

For a general outline, see "College of Arts and Sciences."

2. Major Requirements (24 hours)

EURO 300 (3 hours)
EURO 490 (3 hours)

Electives (18 hours) selected from the approved EURO list with at least two different departments represented. A senior thesis (EURO 499) is an option.

EURO students must demonstrate proficiency in one modern European foreign language other than English approved by the advisor at the advanced level by completing 6 hours in courses numbered 300 and above or the equivalent. These hours, however, do not count toward the EURO major. Courses in that foreign language at the intermediate level (200 level), if needed as prerequisites, may be applied to the general education humanities requirement.

3. Cognate or Minor (12-18 hours)

See "College of Arts and Sciences."

4. Electives

See "College of Arts and Sciences."

Minor in European Studies

(18 hours)

See the College of Arts and Sciences Minors Bulletin for details.

Course Descriptions (EURO)

  • 300--Introduction to European Studies. (3) Team-taught interdisciplinary seminars, lectures, and readings with guest lecturers.
  • 490--Senior Seminar. (3) (Prereq: applicable to EURO major only) Topics in contemporary European studies.
  • 499--Senior Thesis. (3) (Prereq: applicable to EURO majors in their senior year) Approval of topic by EURO advisor(s).

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