European Studies Minor

The European studies minor provides a foundation for students interested in European history, cultures, geography, politics, and economics. In this interdisciplinary curriculum, students examine Europe’s formative concepts and institutions. Understanding how Europe is connected to complex global developments — such as democratization, human rights, religion, revolution, industrial capitalism, modern art and the welfare state — helps students better understand the modern world, while applying lessons from the region locally and globally.   

As a European studies minor, students work set a course of study from multiple departments and gain proficiency in a spoken language. Students also study music and literature, along with public health, the environment and more. The minor makes an excellent addition to a primary area of study in languages and cultures, political science, law, pre-health, business or nonprofit administration and more. European studies is one of six interdisciplinary minors focused on international regions and global themes.  

Minor Requirements (18 Hours)

Required Courses (9 Hours)

Course Title Credits
EURO 300Introduction to European Studies3
Two European Language courses of 200-level or higher or equivalent6
Total Credit Hours9

Electives (9 Hours)

Course Title Credits
Select three courses involving more than one discipline and focusing on more than one country from the following:9
History of Medieval Art
History of Italian Renaissance Art
History of Northern Renaissance Art
History of Southern Baroque Art
History of Northern Baroque Art
History of 18th-Century European Art
History of 19th-Century European Art
History of 20th Century Art
The International Economy
History of Economic Thought
Great Books of the Western World I
Great Books of the Western World II
Early English Literature
Tudor Literature
The 17th Century
English Drama to 1660
Shakespeare's Tragedies
Shakespeare’s Comedies and Histories
The Restoration and 18th Century
British Romantic Literature
Victorian Literature
Modern English Literature
English Drama Since 1660
The English Novel I
The English Novel II
Selected Topics in Pre-1800 Literature and Culture
Scottish Literature
Irish Literature
Caribbean Literature
Medieval Europe, ca. 300-1492
Family and Society in Europe, c. 1200-1700
Magic and Witchcraft in Europe, c. 1200-1700
The Age of Absolutism, 1648-1789
French Revolution and Napoleon
The Enlightenment
Nineteenth-Century Europe
Contemporary Europe from World War I to World War II
Europe from World War II to the Present
The History of Great Britain I
The History of Great Britain II
Nineteenth-Century Britain
Modern and Contemporary Britain
France Since 1815
Modern Germany
The Slavs in History
The Fall of the Eastern European Empires
Eastern Europe Since WWI
Nationalism: Myth and Reality
Nazis and Fascists in European History, 1919-1945
War and European Society, 1914-1945
Business in Historical Perspective
Urban Experience in Modern Europe
The Expansion of Christianity
Geography of Europe
European Language courses of 300-level or higher 1
History of Western Music I
History of Western Music II
Classical and Medieval Political Theory
Comparative Politics of Industrialized Countries
Topics in Political Science
Russian Foreign Policy
Politics and Government of Russia
Politics and Governments of Europe
Literature and Film of the Holocaust
History of the Theatre I
History of the Theatre II
Total Credit Hours9

Content courses — culture, literature, history, etc. — not counted toward the EURO language requirement may be counted toward the minor, as well as equivalent courses taken abroad or taught in translation.

Note: Students minoring in European Studies may petition to substitute courses not on this list (e.g., special topics courses, May Term courses). For more information, visit