European Studies Minor
Knowing about Europe gives insight into past and present and their interconnectedness, and helps us imagine the future.
Requirements (6 units)
- One unit providing a broad overview of European culture, society, politics, or history such as History 268 (Europe and the Modern World) or Political Science 237 (European Union).
- One unit beyond the first year in an ancient European language or in a modern European language that is not the student’s first language.
- Coursework must focus on at least two European countries or regions.
- At least 1 unit must be on Europe before 1789, and at least 1 unit must be on Europe after 1789.
- Up to 1 unit of credit can be taken in a course the focus of which is not primarily on Europe, as long as the student does substantial work on a European topic for the course. If selecting this option, students should consult a European studies advisor before or at the beginning of the semester to make sure the option will meet the requirements for the minor.
- No more than 2 units taken in the same program or department may count towards the minor.
- Additionally, students must write a 2,000-word reflective essay synthesizing themes and questions that have emerged from their studies of Europe. Students are expected to make a public presentation based on the essay. Normally, this will happen as part of the lnternational Symposium or Student Symposium.
- While study abroad in Europe is not required, it is highly recommended. Courses with a European focus taken abroad, whether in Europe or another world region, can be counted towards the minor.