European Studies Program

FACULTY COORDINATING COMMITTEE Gobeyn (Political Science), Chair; Brown (History); C. Bukowski (International Studies).

The European Studies minor is designed to provide contemporary knowledge of the region, both past and present. The minor will expose students to the broad spectrum of economic, political, social, and cultural forces which give shape to the development of contemporary Europe and the European Union. It is meant to provide a centralizing focus and coherence to the study of the European region, while utilizing interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches. A singular concentration on a particular nation-state, national culture, or historic era is not the intent of the program. The minor should supplement or complement a student’s major and help support career or graduate study objectives. To ensure coherence, students will choose part of their course work from a list of core subjects.

Minor in European Studies

Prerequisite Course

CIV 100 (Western Civilization), or CIV 101 (Western Civilization to 1600), or CIV 102 (Western Civilization Since 1600), or CIV 111, 112 (Unified Composition and Western Civilization I, II). Any transfer work must show a substantial equivalency.

World Languages

Successful completion of one of the following: WLF, WLG, WLS 201 Intermediate French, German, Spanish or equivalent. It is recommended that students complete the foreign language requirement as early as possible.

Elective Courses

In addition to the world language requirement, the minor requires 15 hours total. Students may count toward the minor a maximum of 3 hours in their major; that is, from the courses in their major listed as part of the minor. Students may count toward the minor a maximum of 6 hours in courses from any given department. Students must complete a minimum of 9 junior-senior hours in the minor. Elective courses for the minor must be distributed in the following manner:

Social Sciences - 6 Hrs.

One 3-hour core course chosen from the following:

  • HIS 340 Contemporary Europe
  • IS 330 European Integration
  • IS 331 European Security
  • PLS 304 Governments of West Europe

 One 3-hour elective chosen from the following:

  • HIS 320, 323, 325, 326, 340*, 342, 343, 375, 382, 385, 451
  • IS 250, 330*, 331*
  • PLS 304*
  • SOC 320

 *Elective if not taken as part of core.

Humanities - 6 hrs.

One 3-hour core course from the following:

  • PHL/PLS 307 Classical Political Philosophy
  • PHL/PLS 308 Modern Political Philosophy

One 3-hour elective from the following list:

  • ART 140, 142, 335
  • ENG 123, 385
  • MUS 109
  • PHL 300, 304, 306, 311
  • PHL/PLS 307*, 308*
  • WLF 316 (topic must concern Europe), 321, 322
  • WLG 316, 321
  • WLS 306, 316 (topic must concern Europe), 321, 347


*Elective if not taken as part of core.