The European Studies Major and Minor

The European Studies Major

The major requires a specialization, competence at the 300 level in a European language other than English, and interdisciplinary course work concerning Europe both East and West, modern and premodern. The specialization can be disciplinary, regional, topical, or historical.

As the MHC Course Catalogue explains on p. 233, European Studies is an Interdisciplinary Major. Students therefore automatically fulfill the college's Minor requirement. For the European Studies Major, the Catalogue outlines these requirements:

The following two courses are required:

  • History 151, Modern and Contemporary European Civilization
  • European Studies 316 (Spring 2012: German Studies 331 and Film Studies), Europe and Islam: From 1,001 Nights to the Nightmare of Al Qaida?

Two courses must have substantial content in European literature, film, or culture

  • at least one of which is taught in a European language other than English at the 300 level

One course must have substantial content in European thought, history, or social science.

One course must have substantial content in Eastern Europe and/or in Europe beyond the European Union's borders (e.g., Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Turkey).

One course must have substantial content on Europe before 1800.

At least four courses that constitute a specialization within the major should be at the 200 level or above. A specialization can be disciplinary, regional, topical, or historical. The specialization must be approved by the student's advisor.

Note that one course may fulfill more than one requirement simultaneously.

List of European Studies Courses 2011-2012 by Academic Programs and Content Focus (Major-Minor Requirements)

The European Studies Minor

A minimum of 20 credits is required for the minor in European studies, as well as course work beyond the minimum required by the College in a modern language of Europe.

More details about credits for the major and minor in European studies and selected course descriptions can be found in the European Studies chapter of the course catalogue.