|Kimberly A. Redding
||Department Chair and Associate Professor
||Assistant Professor of History
||Associate Professor of Political Science
||Assistant Professor of Political Science
The European Studies program offers a major and a minor. Both are ideal for students who plan to study abroad and want to develop functional fluency in a European language. European Studies complements studies in fields such as Business, History, Organizational Leadership, Political Science, and Professional Writing.
- European Studies Major (36 credits)
The European Studies major is an interdisciplinary major that helps students develop both a broad understanding of European culture and indepth knowledge of a particular country/region through diverse coursework, study abroad and language study. The program’s contemporary focus makes it an ideal second major or minor for students in fields such as Business, History, Organizational Leadership, Political Science and Professional Writing.
Learning Outcomes for European Studies
Upon completion of the European studies major, students will demonstrate the ability to:
1. Explain the recentness of European identity (and the historical developments preceding it).
2. Interact proficiently with a specific European culture (perform day to day tasks, conduct research in field of capstone, participate in informal discussion of current events and culture).
3. Appreciate the arts as expressions of cultural identity and context.
4. Demonstrate functional proficiency in English and one other European language.
5. Articulate how the past informs contemporary intercultural relationships and conflicts.
6. Engage in informed dialogue about political and social issues confronting European societies.
- Core Courses
- I. Breadth Component
- II. Depth Component
- III. Cultural Component
Three of the following: with no more than one from each group counting toward the major:
- A. NCEP in Europe
NCEP in Europe (or comparable independent study with approval of the European Studies Program coordinator)
- B. Music
Music 231H, Fin de Siècle: Birth of the Modern Age in Paris and Vienna; or relevant study abroad course
- C. English
Restoration and Eighteenth Century British Literature; or relevant study abroad course
- D. Art
Art History Survey or relevant study abroad course
- E. Theatre
Or relevant study abroad course.
- IV. Study Abroad (1 semester)
NOTE: Three of the required courses will be taken during the semester abroad.
- V. European Studies Program 400, Senior Capstone
- Required Support Courses
- I. Three of the following:
OR approved alternatives taken during study abroad.
- II. Minor in a European language other than English or demonstrated functional proficiency
Demonstrated proficiency means:
• A grade of C or better in a 300-level course.
• A letter of support from a foreign language instructor at a recognized educational institution.
• B2 level competency on TELC (The European Language Certificate) as established by CERF (Common European Framework of References for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment).
• Level II UNIcert competency.
• Equivalent score on a language placement exam (often associated with study abroad programs)
- Bachelor of Arts Requirement
Bachelor of Arts students must take 8 credits in a modern language (MLL) other than English and MAT106 or higher.
NOTE: EACH MAJOR MAY HAVE SPECIFIC COURSE SEQUENCING REQUIREMENTS.
FOR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS, SEE "REQUIRED SUPPORT COURSES" WITHIN EACH MAJOR.
- General Education Requirement
For more information on General Education Requirement, click here.
- Distribution Component
For more information on the Distribution Component, click here.
- Cross-Cultural Component
The Cross-Cultural Component is a five-course series through which students explore the study of culture:
Transfer students will register for CCS101 for one credit.
- Cultural Seminar (CCS100)
The Cultural Seminar, which is taken in the first semester, begins the exploration of culture through the study of one's own culture and a different culture. This course develops oral communication skills through critical reading and discussion.
- Writing Seminar (ENG 170)
The Writing Seminar is taken during the first or second semester, includes cross-cultural readings, and develops foundational writing skills.
- Cross-Cultural Development (CCD)
The Cross-Cultural Designation course is taken after the Cultural and Writing Seminars. This course satisfies a Distribution requirement, continues development of writing skills, and includes significant cross-cultural themes as preparation for the Cross-Cultural Experience.
- Cross-Cultural Experience (CCE)
The Cross-Cultural Experience course is taken concurrently or after the Cross-Cultural Development course. In an off-campus setting, students apply knowledge learned in the previous three courses through interactions with cultures other than their own. (CCS300 for 2 credits, NCEP courses for 4 credits, or study abroad for 12+ credits)
For more information and course listings, click here
- Global Perspectives Colloquium (CCS400)
In the Global Perspectives Colloquium, advanced students (usually seniors) from multiple disciplines engage in critical reading and discussion. Students reflect on their distribution courses and cross-cultural experiences while also refining their writing skills.
- European Studies Minor (24 credits)
- I. Foundational Level
European Studies Program 200, Workshop i European Studies (1 credit each of 4 semesters).
- II. Advanced Level
Two 200 or 300-level courses from among those listed under II and III (Depth and Cultural components) in the European Studies Major.
Students are advised to select either a political or a cultural focus, and choose advanced courses appropriately.
- III. NCEP In Europe or equivalent educational experience
- Major Courses
The list below displays all the courses offered by the major: