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European Studies

Timothy Westphalen, Director
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.
Requirement for the Majors in European Studies (EUR)
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 Judiasm
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.
F. Upper-Division Writing Requirement
Before the second semester of the junior year, all students in the major must register for the 0-credit EUR 459, and submit to the program coordinator 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 the courses in which the papers were written must be upper-division and taken for the major. The student must notify the instructor before turning in the papers that they are intended to satisfy this requirement in addition to the course requirements.
Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.
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.

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