Sep 29, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

European Studies Minor

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To prepare citizens who combine a detailed knowledge of European issues, familiarity with the methods of a variety of disciplines, and habits of ethical reflection and action.


Europe is a region of utmost importance in today’s world. The reemergence of Europe as a significant political force and economic powerhouse is symbolized by the emergence of a single European currency and the continuing relevance of transnational European institutions such as the European Union, OSCE, and NATO. Europe is of interest to many students as the birthplace of many of the historical and cultural foundations of western society. Lastly, Europeans have evolved a unique perspective on the nature of industrialized society that may point the way for future developments in the United States and elsewhere. The European Studies program introduces students to this region in an interdisciplinary fashion.


  1. Students will gain advanced knowledge about Europe in general and more specific familiarity with the history, culture, and language of one European country.
  2. Students will learn how to study a subject or region in a multidisciplinary manner, making use of the methodologies and perspectives of multiple fields.
  3. Students will be prepared for advanced post-graduate study in fields such as economics, history, modern languages, literature, law, politics, and sociology.
  4. Students will be prepared for careers in international business, in journalism and the media professions, in international development and human rights organizations, in international law, and other laws.
  5. Students will learn to use their knowledge of international affairs in an ethical and reflective manner.

Core Requirements

  • 3 Hours
  • Six hours in HIS, PHI, PSC or REL*
  • Six hours in ENL, FRE, GER, ITL, RUS, SPA, MUH, or ART*

Total: 18 Hours

*These hours should be selected from courses listed under the European Studies major requirements, national concentrations, and electives

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