Europe is rapidly becoming the main competitor to the United States for world leadership as it reinvents democratic, political, and economic life. Its rich and complex cultures are rapidly evolving into a new type of international society with innovative legislative, juridical, and executive structures. Europe’s new unity and distinctiveness rest upon its historic intellectual, artistic, and religious heritages and upon the dynamism of the continuing integration of those heritages with each other and with those of immigrants from around the globe.
The European studies major and minor offer students the opportunity to develop a critical, focused understanding of European topics through interdisciplinary study. The major is useful for students who wish to pursue a multifaceted study of Europe in all of its complexity, and for students wishing to integrate work in art, literature, music, theatre, or other disciplines with studies in history and the social sciences.