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European Studies

The Program in European Studies is designed to foster knowledge of European civilization. In acquainting students with European culture and history, it enables them to understand those traditions that give Europe's diversified personality its inner coherence. The program promotes an interdisciplinary approach while insisting upon a structured course of study. Completion of courses at a European university on a study-abroad program is strongly recommended.
 
Major in European Studies
 
The interdisciplinary major in European Studies introduces students to the rich variety of cultures, politics, languages, and literatures of Europe. Students acquire fundamental knowledge of European culture and history by beginning with two core courses (EUR 101 and EUR 201) and two courses in European History (HIS 101 and HIS 102). They deepen this knowledge by selecting four courses in one of several concentrations, and they develop breadth by taking two additional courses in a different concentration. Their program is intended to culminate in EUR 401, a capstone seminar in which students apply their general knowledge within a particular concentration to a specific project.
 
Graduates with the major in European Studies can expect to work in business, government, the service industry, and politics. Majors will also be prepared to continue with graduate studies in business, humanities, law, and social sciences.
 
Requirements:
The major in European Studies leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Eighteen credits for the major must be earned in courses numbered 300 or higher. 
 
Completion of the major requires 39 credits.
 
1. Core Courses (9 credits)
  • EUR 101  The Foundations of European Culture
  • EUR 201  Europe in the Making
  • EUR 401 Senior Research Seminar in European Studies
2. Study of a European Language (6 credits)
Two courses in one European language at the 300-level or higher. 
3. European History (6 credits)
  • HIS101 Early Modern European History: From Renaissance to Revolution
  • HIS102 Modern European History from 1789 to 1945
4. Concentration Requirement (12 credits)
Four courses in one of the following concentrations, chosen in consultation with an advisor and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
 
A. European History
  • HIS 208 Ireland from St. Patrick to the Present
  • HIS 209 Imperial Russia
  • HIS 210 Soviet Russia
  • HIS/JDS 226 The Shaping of Modern Judaism
  • HIS 235 The Early Middle Ages
  • HIS 236 The Late Middle Ages
  • HIS/JDS 241 The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry  Causes and Consequences
  • HIS 248 Europe 1815-1914
  • HIS 249 Modern Europe 1914-1945
  • HIS 251 Europe since 1945
  • HIS 317 Expansion of Europe
  • HIS 318 Social and Intellectual History of Europe
  • HIS 309 Modern France, 1815-1900
  • HIS 310 Modern France, 1900 to the Present
  • HIS 311 The Rise of Imperial Germany, 1806-1890
  • HIS 312 From Empire to Third Reich: Germany, 1890-1945
  • HIS 318 Social and Intellectual History of Europe
  • HIS 336\WST 334 Women, Work, and Family in Modern European History
  • HIS\WST 360 Women in Premodern Europe
  • HIS 390 Topics in Ancient and Medieval Europe
  • HIS 391 Topics in Early Modern Europe
  • HIS 392 Topics in European History
  • HIS 393 Topics in Modern European History
  • HIS 395 Topics in Russian History
B. European Civilization Yesterday and Today
  • HUE 269 Topics in Contemporary Slavic Culture
  • HUE 392 Topics in Slavic Studies
  • HUF 216 French Civilization through the Ages
  • HUF 219 Modern France
  • HUG 229 Germany Today
  • HUI 216 Italian Civilization through the Ages
  • HUI 239 Modern Italy
  • HUI 336 Italian Americans and Ethnic Relations
  • HUR 249 Russia Today
  • HUS 255 Modern Spain
C. The Ancient and Medieval Foundations of Europe
  • ARH 101 Art in Culture from Prehistoric Times to the Age of the Cathedrals, ca. 1400 AD
  • CLS 113 Greek and Latin Literature in Translation
  • CLS 215 Classical Mythology
  • CLS 320 Topics in Classical Civilization
  • THR 315 European History and Drama: The Classical Era
  • EGL/JDH 261 The Bible as Literature
  • RLS 270 Christianity
  • RLS 310 Biblical Theology
  • CLT 211 Literary Survey: Medieval Through Late Renaissance
  • PHI 200 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
  • PHI 300 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHI 304 Medieval Philosophy
  • MVL 141 The Legend of King Arthur
  • MVL 241 Heroes and Warriors
 
D. European Art History and Music
  • ARH 101 Art in Culture from Prehistoric Times to the Age of the Cathedrals, ca. 1400 AD
  • ARH 102 Art in Culture from the Early Renaissance, ca. 1400, to Post-Modernism
  • ARH 303 The Art and Architecture of the Early Middle Ages, ca. 400-1050
  • ARH 304 The Art and Architecture of the High and Late Middle Ages, ca. 1050-1400
  • ARH/HUI 306 The Early Renaissance in Italy
  • ARH/HUI 307 The Age of Michelangelo in Central Italy
  • ARH/HUI 310 Splendors of Renaissance Art in Venice
  • ARH 314 Northern Baroque Art and Architecture, 1600-1700
  • ARH 315 Spanish Painting, 1560-1700
  • ARH 316 Baroque Art in Italy and Spain, 1600-1700
  • ARH 320 Art of the 18th Century
  • ARH 324 Architecture and Design of the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • ARH 337 Northern Renaissance Art
  • ARH 341 Art of the 19th Century
  • MUS 301 Music of the Baroque
  • MUS 302 The Music of J.S. Bach
  • MUS 303 The Music of Beethoven
  • MUS 305 Music of the Romantic Era
  • MUS 306 The Symphony
  • MUS 307 Imaginative Worlds of Opera
E.  European Politics and Economics
  • POL 305 Government and Politics of the United Kingdom
  • POL 307 Politics in Germany
  • POL 309 Politics in the European Union
  • POL 350 Contemporary European Political Theory
  • POL 392 Topics in Political Science and the European Tradition
  • ECO 317 Marxist Political Economy
  • ECO 341 European Economic Integration

Note:  Students who choose this concentration are encouraged to double major in either Political Science or Economics, or take certain additional courses not required by the major.

F. European Philosophy
  • PHI 200 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
  • PHI 206 Introduction to Modern Philosophy (17th and 18th Century)
  • PHI 208 Introduction to 19th-Century Philosophy
  • PHI 247 Existentialism
  • PHI 249 Marxism
  • PHI 277 Political Philosophy
  • PHI 300 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
  • PHI 304 Medieval Philosophy
  • PHI 306 Modern Philosophy
  • PHI 308 19th-Century Philosophy
  • PHI 312 Topics in Contemporary European Thought
G. European Literatures
  • EGL 205 Survey of British Literature I
  • EGL 206 Survey of British Literature II
  • EGL/HUR 231 Saints and Fools
  • EGL/HUR 232 Rebels and Tyrants
  • EGL 243 Shakespeare: The Major Works
  • EGL 302 Medieval Literature in English
  • EGL 304 Renaissance Literature in English
  • EGL 306 English Literature of the 17th Century
  • EGL 310 Neoclassical Literature in English
  • EGL 312 Romantic Literature in English
  • EGL 314 Victorian Literature
  • EGL 340 Chaucer
  • EGL 342 Milton
  • EGL 344 Major Writers of the Renaissance Period in England
  • EGL 345 Shakespeare I
  • EGL 346 Shakespeare II
  • EGL 347 Major Writers of the Neoclassical Period of England
  • EGL 348 Major Writers of the Romantic Period in England
  • EGL 349 Major Writers of the Victorian Period in England
  • EGL 376 The Literature of Imperialism
  • HUF 235 The AStranger@ in Literature
  • HUF 311 French Literature in Translation
  • HUG 321 Topics in the Literature of Germany
  • HUI 234 Introduction to Twentieth-Century Drama
  • HUI 235 Sex, Love, and Tragedy in Early Italian Literature
  • HUI 331 Topics in Italian Literature
  • HUR 141 Literature and Empire
  • HUR 142 Literature and Revolution
  • HUR 235 Crime and Punishment in World Literature
  • HUR 241 Special Russian Author in Translation
  • HUR 242 Special Genre or Period of Russian Literature in Translation
  • HUR 341 Topics in Russian Literature
  • HUR 393 Literary Analysis of Russian Texts in Translation
  • CLT 212 Literary Survey: Enlightenment through Modern
 Note:  Students who wish to take certain 300-level EGL courses must first complete EGL 204.  Also, courses in European literature taught in the original languages may be chosen to fulfill requirements of this concentration.
H. European Cinema and Drama
  • HUF 211 French Cinema
  • HUG 221 German Cinema since 1945
  • HUI 231 Sex and Politics in Italian Cinema
  • HUI 431 Special Topics in Italian Cinema
  • HUR 241 Russian Cinema
  • THR 315 European History and Drama: The Classical Era
  • THR 316 European History and Drama: The Modern Era
  • THR 344 The Shakespearian Tradition
5. Breadth Requirement (6 Credits)
Two courses in one other program concentration, also chosen in consultation with an advisor and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies
 
Note:  To insure that students are broadly educated, no more than four courses within the concentration and breadth requirements may bear a single designator or be offered within a single department.
 
Upper-Division Writing Requirement
In the semester preceding the semester in which the student expects to graduate, he or she shall submit to the Director of Undergraduate Studies two papers, each written for a different instructor, together with the instructor's written confirmation that the paper demonstrates suitably advanced writing proficiency. Both of these courses must be upper-division and taken for the major. The student must notify the instructor before the paper is turned in that it is intended to satisfy this requirement in addition to the course requirements. A student anticipating or experiencing difficulty in satisfying this requirement should seek the advice of the Director of Undergraduate Studies no later than the beginning of the semester before the one in which the student expects to graduate.
 
The Honors Program in European Studies
To be eligible to participate in the honors program, majors must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and an average of 3.5 in European Studies through their junior year. An eligible student wishing to write a senior thesis must find a faculty member to act as thesis advisor. The student, with the approval of this advisor, must submit a proposal of a project in writing to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Deadline for submission of the proposal is April 30 for the spring semester, and November 30 for the fall semester. Selection of candidates and topics is made by a committee within the department. Students chosen for the honors program must enroll in EUR 495 for the semester in which the thesis is written. The thesis is evaluated by the thesis advisor, and approved by two additional faculty.
Contact
Peter Carravetta, Program Director
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