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European Studies Minor

The minor in Modern European Studies is open to students with any kind of academic background who wish to better understand European societies from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. After gaining a solid knowledge of European history, students can branch out in many directions: they can further explore historical processes, delve into economic problems, investigate social relations, or examine Europe's cultural achievements and conflicts, among other possibilities. The minor encourages a broad understanding of Europe, both geographically and thematically. With the European Union now extending from Portugal to the Russian borderlands, and with global processes reconfiguring Europe's relationships with the rest of the world, the minor offers a unique opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with an enormously diverse continent that is constantly re-examining its roots and discussing its future.

Prerequisites: Fourth-term proficiency in a language of the European Union (other than English) or other European language by permission of the CES academic advisor.  

Requirements: At least 15 credits of courses from the following categories, chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the CES academic advisor. At least two courses must be upper-level (300 or above). Courses must be distributed over at least three of the following fields: anthropology, economics, history, history of art, literature, music, philosophy, political science, screen arts and cultures, and sociology.

Modern European history: One history course on modern Europe must be chosen

  • HISTORY 318 (Europe in the Era of Total War, 1890-1945) OR 
  • HISTORY 319 (Europe Since 1945)

Elective courses: Three courses from one of the following tracks.

A. Politics, Economy, and Society of Europe and the EU

  • One upper-level course on modern European or EU politics, society, or economics.
  • Two additional social science courses on modern Europe.

B. European Arts and Culture

  • One upper-level course on art, literature, or culture of modern Europe.
  • Two additional humanities courses on modern Europe.

Capstone: A fourth elective course (3 credits), chosen at the discretion of the student and the advisor and taken during the final two semesters of study, that offers an opportunity to synthesize what the student has learned about modern Europe. It should involve researching and writing a paper of at least 12 pages in length. Possible themes include EU expansion, colonialism/post-colonialism, economic development, migration and immigration, European identity, and European literary traditions.

Advising: Appointments can be made using the LSA Advising Appointment System. Visit the International Institute website for more about undergraduate advising.