European Studies

The European Studies minor provides an intellectual meeting ground for students interested in exploring Europe from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Drawing courses from a number of different departments, the program in European Studies allows students to integrate their study of a European language and off-campus experiences in Europe with a coherent set of courses on campus to achieve a greater understanding of both new and old Europes.

Requirements for the European Studies Minor

The total number of credits required to complete the minor is 45.

  • One of the following gateway courses:
    • CCST 398 The Cross-Cultural Panorama: A Capstone Workshop
    • EUST 110 The Nation State in Europe (not offered in 2022-23)
    • EUST 111 The Age of Cathedrals (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 140 The Age of Revolutions: Modern Europe, 1789-1914 (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 141 Europe in the Twentieth Century (not offered in 2022-23)
  • Four transnational supporting courses that

    • approach a theme or issue from a pan-European perspective OR
    • compare European countries or regions OR
    • compare Europe (or parts of Europe) with another part of the world.

    These courses will engage in an examination of such overarching issues as the relation between individual and community, cultural and linguistic diversity, and globalization. The list below is not exhaustive; students should consult with the minor director regarding other courses that may fulfill this requirement.

    • ARTH 101 Introduction to Art History I
    • ARTH 102 Introduction to Art History II
    • ARTH 172 Modern Art: 1890-1945 (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ARTH 235 Revival, Revelation, and Re-animation: The Art of Europe's "Renaissance" (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ARTH 236 Baroque Art (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ARTH 240 Art Since 1945
    • ARTH 245 Modern Architecture (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ARTH 247 Architecture Since 1950 (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ARTH 255 Islam in the Eyes of the West (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ARTH 263 European Architectural Studies Program: Prehistory to Postmodernism (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ARTH 264 European Architectural Studies Program: Managing Monuments: Issues in Cultural Heritage Practice (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ARTH 323 Idolatry (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ARTH 341 Art and Democracy (not offered in 2022-23)
    • CAMS 211 Film History II
    • CAMS 214 Film History III
    • CCST 270 Creative Travel Writing Workshop
    • ENGL 114 Introduction to Medieval Narrative
    • ENGL 135 Imperial Adventures (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ENGL 203 Other Worlds of Medieval English Literature (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ENGL 219 Global Shakespeare
    • ENGL 350 The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts
    • EUST 100 Allies or Enemies? America through European Eyes
    • EUST 159 "The Age of Isms" - Ideals, Ideas and Ideologies in Modern Europe
    • FREN 206 Contemporary French and Francophone Culture
    • FREN 238 Back to the Future: French Classics Reimagined (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 248 Murder and Mayhem: Narratives of Suspense (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 255 Paris Program: Islam in France: Historical Approaches and Current Debates
    • FREN 257 French and Francophone Autofiction (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 259 Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
    • FREN 308 France and the African Imagination (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 309 Expression and Translation: Encounters with Language (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 347 Gender and Sexuality in the Francophone World
    • FREN 353 The French Chanson (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 357 French and Francophone Autofiction (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 359 Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
    • FREN 360 The Algerian War of Liberation and Its Representations (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GERM 221 (re/ex)press yourself: Sexuality and Gender in Fin-de-Siècle Literature and Art (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GWSS 243 Women's and Gender Studies in Europe Program: Situated Feminisms: Socio-Political Systems and Gender Issues Across Europe
    • GWSS 244 Women's & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Cross-Cultural Feminist Methodologies
    • GWSS 325 Women's & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Continental Feminist, Queer, Trans* Theories
    • HIST 100 Exploration, Science, and Empire
    • HIST 137 Early Medieval Worlds in Transformation (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 138 Crusades, Mission, and the Expansion of Europe (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 139 Foundations of Modern Europe (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 140 The Age of Revolutions: Modern Europe, 1789-1914 (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 141 Europe in the Twentieth Century (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 231 Mapping the World Before Mercator
    • HIST 232 Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 233 The Byzantine World and Its Neighbors, 750-ca. 1453 (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 238 The Viking World (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 239 Hunger, Public Policy and Food Provision in History (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 244 The Enlightenment and Its Legacies (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 249 Two Centuries of Tumult: Modern Central Europe (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 252 Fascism in Europe, 1919-1945 (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 287 From Alchemy to the Atom Bomb: The Scientific Revolution and the Making of the Modern World
    • HIST 332 Image Makers and Breakers in the Premodern World (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 341 The Russian Revolution and its Global Legacies (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 346 The Holocaust
    • HIST 347 The Global Cold War (not offered in 2022-23)
    • MELA 230 Jewish Collective Memory
    • MUSC 211 Race, Gender, and Classical Music
    • MUSC 215 Western Music and its Social Ecosystems, 1830-Present (not offered in 2022-23)
    • PE 338 Sports and Globalization in London and Seville: Global Athletics (not offered in 2022-23)
    • PHIL 272 Early Modern Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Philosophy
    • PHIL 274 Existentialism
    • POSC 120 Democracy and Dictatorship
    • POSC 238 Sport & Globalization London/Seville Pgm: Globalization and Development: Lessons from Int'l Football (not offered in 2022-23)
    • POSC 244 The Politics of Eurovision
    • POSC 247 Comparative Nationalism (not offered in 2022-23)
    • POSC 253 Welfare Capitalisms in Post-War Europe
    • POSC 255 Post-Modern Political Thought (not offered in 2022-23)
    • POSC 257 Marxist Political Thought
    • POSC 259 Justice Among Nations (not offered in 2022-23)
    • POSC 265 Public Policy and Global Capitalism
    • POSC 268 Global Environmental Politics and Policy
    • POSC 276 Imagination in Politics: Resisting Totalitarianism
    • POSC 277 Religion in Politics: Conflict or Dialogue? (not offered in 2022-23)
    • POSC 283 Separatist Movements
    • POSC 284 War and Peace in Northern Ireland
    • POSC 352 Political Theory of Alexis de Tocqueville* (not offered in 2022-23)
    • POSC 358 Comparative Social Movements*
    • POSC 359 Cosmopolitanism (not offered in 2022-23)
    • RELG 217 Faith and Doubt in the Modern Age (not offered in 2022-23)
    • RELG 225 Losing My Religion (not offered in 2022-23)
    • RELG 231 From Luther to Kierkegaard (not offered in 2022-23)
    • RELG 287 Many Marys (not offered in 2022-23)
    • RELG 329 Modernity and Tradition
    • SOAN 108 In & Out of Africa: How Transnational Black Lives Matter (not offered in 2022-23)
    • SPAN 318 Islamic Spain

  • Two country-specific supporting courses in the participating disciplines, each of which focuses on a particular European country or region. Country-specific courses need not address pan-European issues, but students will be expected to bring a comparative awareness of Europe to their learning experience.
    • CAMS 212 Contemporary Spanish Cinema (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ECON 221 Cambridge Program: Contemporary British Economy
    • ENGL 144 Shakespeare I
    • ENGL 207 Princes. Poets. Power (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ENGL 209 Much Ado About Nothing: A Project Course
    • ENGL 210 From Chaucer to Milton: Early English Literature (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ENGL 213 Christopher Marlowe (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ENGL 214 Revenge Tragedy
    • ENGL 216 Milton
    • ENGL 218 The Gothic Spirit
    • ENGL 222 The Art of Jane Austen
    • ENGL 244 Shakespeare I
    • ENGL 249 Modern Irish Literature: Poetry, Prose, and Politics
    • ENGL 256 Ireland Program: Irish History and Culture (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ENGL 274 Ireland Program: Irish Literary Pasts and Presents (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ENGL 278 London Program: Shakespeare's England (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ENGL 279 London Program: Urban Field Studies
    • ENGL 281 London Program: London as City: Londinium to the Anthropocene
    • ENGL 282 London Program: London Theater
    • ENGL 310 Shakespeare II (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ENGL 319 The Rise of the Novel
    • ENGL 323 Romanticism and Reform
    • ENGL 327 Victorian Novel (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ENGL 328 Victorian Poetry (not offered in 2022-23)
    • ENGL 381 London as a City: Londinium to the Anthropocene
    • EUST 207 Rome Program: Italian Encounters
    • FREN 204 Intermediate French
    • FREN 208 Paris Program: Contemporary France: Cultures, Politics, Society
    • FREN 238 Back to the Future: French Classics Reimagined (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 239 Banned Books
    • FREN 241 The Lyric and Other Seductions (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 244 Contemporary France and Humor (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 250 French History in 10 Objects (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 254 Paris Program: French Art in Context
    • FREN 259 Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
    • FREN 308 France and the African Imagination (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 309 Expression and Translation: Encounters with Language (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 340 Arts of Brevity: Short Fiction
    • FREN 341 Madame Bovary and Her Avatars
    • FREN 353 The French Chanson (not offered in 2022-23)
    • FREN 359 Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
    • FREN 395 The Mande of West Africa (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GERM 152 Personhood (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GERM 212 Contemporary Germany in Global Context (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GERM 214 What’s New: The Latest Works in German-Speaking Media
    • GERM 216 German Short Prose (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GERM 223 Thinking Green: Sustainability, Literature, and Culture in Germany (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GERM 247 Mirror, Mirror: Reflecting on Fairy Tales and Folklore (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GERM 251 Identity, Belonging, and Spaces of Home in the Works of Fatma Aydemir (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GERM 258 Berlin Program: Berlin Memory Politics
    • GERM 259 Berlin Program: German in Motion: Migration, Place and Displacement
    • GERM 267 Catastrophe! Natural Disaster in German Literature (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GERM 320 Life under Socialism: Culture and Society in East Germany (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GERM 321 On the Edge: Monsters, Robots, and Cyborgs (not offered in 2022-23)
    • GERM 359 Berlin Program: German in Motion: Migration, Place, and Displacement
    • HIST 143 Modern Italy in the Mediterranean World (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 201 Rome Program: Building Power and Piety in Medieval Italy, CE 300-1150
    • HIST 206 Rome Program: The Eternal City in Time: Structure, Change, and Identity
    • HIST 240 Tsars and Serfs, Cossacks and Revolutionaries: The Empire that was Russia (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 241 Russia through Wars and Revolutions
    • HIST 243 The Peasants are Revolting! Society and Politics in the Making of Modern France (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 245 Ireland: Land, Conflict and Memory (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 250 Modern Germany
    • HIST 288 Reason, Authority, and Love in Medieval France (not offered in 2022-23)
    • HIST 289 Gender and Ethics in Late Medieval France
    • POSC 284 War and Peace in Northern Ireland
    • RUSS 205 Russian in Cultural Contexts
    • RUSS 237 Beyond Beef Stroganoff: Food in Russian Culture
    • RUSS 239 The Warped Soul of Putin's Russia
    • RUSS 244 The Rise of the Russian Novel (not offered in 2022-23)
    • RUSS 261 Lolita (not offered in 2022-23)
    • RUSS 266 The Brothers Karamazov
    • RUSS 267 War and Peace
    • RUSS 280 1917 (not offered in 2022-23)
    • RUSS 331 The Wonderful World of Russian Animation
    • RUSS 341 From Folktale to Fanfiction: Russian Short Prose (not offered in 2022-23)
    • RUSS 342 Post-Soviet Film (not offered in 2022-23)
    • RUSS 345 Russian Cultural Idioms of the Nineteenth Century (not offered in 2022-23)
    • RUSS 351 Chekhov (not offered in 2022-23)
    • SPAN 227 Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Modern Spain (not offered in 2022-23)
    • SPAN 229 Madrid Program: Current Issues in Spanish Politics
    • SPAN 244 Spain Today: Recent Changes through Narrative and Film
    • SPAN 301 Greek and Christian Tragedy (not offered in 2022-23)
    • SPAN 328 The Contemporary Spanish Fictional Essay (not offered in 2022-23)
    • SPAN 330 The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes' Don Quijote
    • SPAN 345 Culture, Capitalism and the Commons
    • SPAN 349 Madrid Program: Theory and Practice of Urban Life
    • SPAN 358 The Spanish Civil War (not offered in 2022-23)
    • SPAN 366 Jorge Luis Borges: Less a Man Than a Vast and Complex Literature
  • Minors must normally participate in an off-campus study program in Europe.
  • The overall balance of courses must include a mix of disciplines and course levels (100s, 200s, 300s). While this balance will be established for each individual student in consultation with the minor coordinator, no more than half of the required minimum of courses may be in one department, and at least half of the required minimum of courses must be above the 100-level.

European Studies Courses

EUST 100 Allies or Enemies? America through European Eyes During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, America often served as a canvass for projecting European anxieties about economic, social and political modernization. Admiration of technological progress and political stability was combined with a pervasive anti-Americanism, which was, according to political scientist Andrei Markovits, the "lingua franca" of modern Europe. These often contradictory perceptions of the United States were crucial in the process of forming national histories and mythologies as well as a common European identity. Accordingly, this course will explore the many and often contradictory views expressed by Europe's emerging mass publics and intellectual and political elites about the United States during this period. 6 credits; AI, WR1, IS; Fall; Paul Petzschmann
EUST 110 The Nation State in Europe This course explores the role of the nation and nationalism within modern Europe and the ways in which ideas and myths about the nation have complemented and competed with conceptions of Europe as a geographic, cultural and political unity. We will explore the intellectual roots of nationalism in different countries as well as their artistic, literary and musical expressions. In addition to examining nationalism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives--sociology, anthropology, history, political science--we will explore some of the watershed, moments of European nationalism such as the French Revolution, the two world wars, and the Maastricht treaty. 6 credits; HI, IS; Not offered 2022-23
EUST 110 The Power of Place: Memory and Counter-Memory in the European City This team-taught interdisciplinary course explores the relationship between memory, place and power in Europe’s cities. It examines the practices through which individuals and groups imagine, negotiate and contest their past in public spaces through art, literature, film and architecture. The instructors will draw on their research and teaching experience in urban centers of Europe after a thorough introduction to the study of memory across different disciplines. Students will be challenged to think critically about larger questions regarding the possibility of national and local memories as the foundation of identity and pride but also of guilt and shame.  6 credits; HI, WR2, IS; Winter; Paul Petzschmann, Baird E Jarman, Mihaela Czobor-Lupp, Seth E Peabody
EUST 111 The Age of Cathedrals Arising over a period of two medieval centuries, the gothic cathedrals of Europe symbolize at once faith, political and economic power, local identity, and technological and artistic achievement. Later generations commemorated them in literature and art, destroyed them in their political and religious zeal, and restored them (and continue to restore them) out of different sort of political zeal as well as a sense of duty and opportunity to preserve a national and European cultural inheritance and tourist treasure. In this course, we seek to understand the cathedral and its enduring legacy in Europe, and especially in France, from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives and using a variety of media and sources.  6 credits; HI, IS; Not offered 2022-23
EUST 159 "The Age of Isms" - Ideals, Ideas and Ideologies in Modern Europe "Ideology" is perhaps one of the most-used (and overused) terms of modern political life. This course will introduce students to important political ideologies and traditions of modern Europe and their role in the development of political systems and institutional practices from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. We will read central texts by conservatives, liberals, socialists, anarchists and nationalists while also considering ideological outliers such as Fascism and Green Political Thought. In addition the course will introduce students to the different ways in which ideas can be studied systematically and the methodologies available. 6 credits; SI, IS; Spring; Paul Petzschmann
EUST 207 Rome Program: Italian Encounters Through a range of interdisciplinary readings, guest lectures, and site visits, this course will provide students with opportunities to analyze important aspects of Italian culture and society, both past and present, as well as to examine the ways in which travelers, tourists, temporary visitors, and immigrants have experienced and coped with their Italian worlds. Topics may include transportation, cuisine, rituals and rhythms of Italian life, urbanism, religious diversity, immigration, tourism, historic preservation, and language. Class discussions and projects will offer students opportunities to reflect on their own encounters with contemporary Italian culture. Prerequisite: Participation in OCS Rome Program. 3 credits; HI, IS; Spring; William L North, Victoria Morse
EUST 249 The European Union from Constitution to Crisis It has become commonplace to say that Europe is in crisis--yet what does that mean? It is difficult to overestimate the importance of crises considering that the European Union played a large part in overcoming Europe’s “Long Civil War” between 1914 and 1945. The collective decision-making processes created by European treaties are often credited with bringing peace and prosperity to Europe. Yet they have also instituted idiosyncrasies, asymmetries and inequities that stand in the way of solving the continent’s most pressing problems. We will examine decision-making processes in the European Union and the much-debated “democratic deficit” of its institutions. These debates about the foundations of the Union will be rounded off by an overview and brief history of Euroscepticism. The course will include a discussion of a number of case studies that confront member states of the European Union across the board: the reconstruction of the welfare state, immigration and the refugee crisis, and the rise of the far right.  6 credits; SI, IS; Not offered 2022-23
EUST 278 Cross-Cultural Psychology Sem in Prague: Politics & Culture in Central Europe-Twentieth Century This course covers important political, social, and cultural developments in Central Europe during the twentieth century. Studies will explore the establishment of independent nations during the interwar period, Nazi occupation, resistance and collaboration, the Holocaust and the expulsion of the Germans, the nature of the communist system, its final collapse, and the post-communist transformation. 6 credits; HI, IS; Fall; Ken B Abrams
EUST 398 Senior Colloquium Culminates in a final oral presentation that will allow concentrators to synthesize and reflect upon their diverse European studies, including on-campus and off-campus classwork, internships, and cross-cultural experiences. 3 credits; NE; Not offered 2022-23