J. Laurence Hare
Director of Studies
513 Old Main

Courses are offered in European studies, broadly defined as the study of the geography, culture, history, language, and politics of central Europe, including the British Isles.

Students wishing to maximize their knowledge of European studies and wishing to prepare for graduate training and/or employment in the private sector or government in positions related to the area may earn a second major in European studies together with a major in another discipline. Students are required to coordinate their academic programs both with their advisers in the primary major department and with the director of the European Studies program. New students entering the program are required to notify both the major adviser and the director of studies of their intention to participate. Freshmen and sophomores considering this program are advised to begin their study of an appropriate foreign language as early as possible.

Requirements for a Second Major in European Studies

In addition to the requirements of a primary departmental major, students pursuing a combined major in European Studies must complete the following:

Language Requirement: Students must complete the equivalent of a third year of a modern European language, e.g., six hours of advanced 3000- or 4000-level work in French, German, or Spanish. Less commonly taught languages such as Portuguese, Russian, or Italian may be used, subject to the availability of courses. Three to six hours in one of these languages in an approved study abroad program in Europe may substitute for all or part of this requirement. For native speakers of a European language other than English, this requirement is waived.

Introduction to Europe: Students must complete EUST 2013 Introduction to Europe (Fa), preferably before taking the colloquium.

European Studies Colloquium: Students must complete three hours of EUST 4003 European Studies Colloquium (Sp).

Electives: Students must complete at least 18 hours of credit, in addition to the language requirement and the European studies colloquium, from among the following or in individualized studies under the direction of faculty participating in the program. Students choosing to take individualized reading or directed research courses as part of the major or minor must obtain the approval of the director of the area studies program and their major adviser. In addition, the following conditions apply:

  1. A maximum of nine hours may be submitted from any one department, and
  2. A maximum of six hours may be submitted from courses taken in the student’s major department.

The following courses may be taken in fulfillment of elective requirements:

Art History
ARHS 4873Baroque Art (Irregular)3
ARHS 488318th and 19th Century European Art (Irregular)3
ARHS 489320th Century European Art (Irregular)3
Any 3000- or 4000-level course in 18th, 19th, or 20th century British, Irish, Scots, or continental literature, any comparative literature course with significant European content.
European Studies
EUST 4003European Studies Colloquium (Sp)3
or EUST 4003H Honors European Studies Colloquium (Sp)
(Must be a different topic from the required colloquium.)
World Languages
Any 3000- or 4000-level French, German, Italian, Russian or peninsular Spanish literature or civilization course
GEOS 4243Political Geography (Odd years, Fa)3
GEOS 4783Geography of Europe (Irregular)3
HIST 3423British History, 1688-Present (Irregular)3
HIST 3433Twentieth Century Britain through Film (Irregular)3
HIST 3443Modern Imperialism (Odd years, Fa)3
HIST 3453Modern Terrorism (Irregular)3
HIST 3533World War II (Sp)3
HIST 3543Russia to 1861 (Fa)3
HIST 3553Russia Since 1861 (Sp)3
HIST 3573World War I (Even years, Fa)3
HIST 3683Europe in the 19th Century (Irregular)3
HIST 3693Europe in the 20th Century (Irregular)3
HIST 3833Special Topics in European History (Irregular)3
HIST 4073Renaissance and Reformation, 1300-1600 (Even years, Fa)3
HIST 4083Early Modern Europe, 1600-1800 (Odd years, Sp)3
HIST 4133Society and Gender in Modern Europe (Odd years, Sp)3
HIST 4143Intellectual History of Europe Since the Enlightenment (Even years, Fa)3
HIST 4153Modern Ireland, 1798-1948 (Irregular)3
HIST 4163Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1714 (Even years, Sp)3
HIST 4183Great Britain, 1707-1901 (Even years, Fa)3
HIST 4193Great Britain,1901-2001 (Odd years, Sp)3
HIST 4203History of the Holocaust (Irregular)3
HIST 4213The Era of the French Revolution (Odd years, Fa)3
HIST 4223France Since 1815 (Even years, Sp)3
HIST 4243Germany, 1789-1918 (Irregular)3
HIST 4253Germany, 1918-1945 (Irregular)3
HIST 4803Modern Scandinavia (Irregular)3
HIST 4873Germany since 1945 (Irregular)3
Music History
MUHS 3703History of Music to 1750 (Fa)3
MUHS 3713History of Music from 1750 to Present (Sp)3
MUHS 4253Special Topics in Music History (Sp, Fa)3
PHIL 4033Modern Philosophy-17th and 18th Centuries (Sp)3
PHIL 4043Nineteenth Century Continental Philosophy (Irregular)3
PHIL 4063Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy (Irregular)3
PHIL 4073History of Analytic Philosophy (Irregular)3
Political Science
PLSC 3553Western European Politics (Irregular)3
PLSC 4563Government and Politics of Russia (Even years, Sp)3
PLSC 4803Foreign Policy Analysis (Irregular)3

Requirements for a Minor in European Studies

Students wishing to minor in European studies must fulfill the EUST 2013 Introduction to Europe (Fa) and EUST 4003 European Studies Colloquium (Sp) requirements and the language requirements described under the requirements for the major. They also must complete at least 12 hours from among the electives listed for the major. Three of these credit hours may come from a study abroad experience. A maximum of six hours of electives may be submitted from any one department.

Honors Requirements in European Studies

Requirements for Honors in EUST: The Honors Program in European Studies gives junior and senior students of high ability the opportunity to enroll in enriched courses and conduct independent research culminating in an honors thesis. In addition to satisfying the general Fulbright College requirements for graduation and the basic eligibility requirements for honors as established by the Honors Council, candidates for honors in European Studies must complete 12 hours of honors credit in partial satisfaction of requirements for the co-major. One to six of these may be thesis hours (EUST 399VH). The preferred method for satisfying the remaining hours is to enroll in the colloquium at least once for honors credit (EUST 4003H) and to take relevant honors colloquia or graduate courses (with permission) in one of the departments contributing to this interdisciplinary area study. The thesis committee shall include a representative from the major discipline (in the case of multiple majors, from the discipline contributing most significantly to the topic). Successful completion of these requirements will be recognized by the award of the distinction “European Studies Scholar Cum Laude” at graduation. Higher degree distinctions are recommended only in exceptional cases and are based upon the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.


EUST 2013. Introduction to Europe (Fa). 3 Hours.

This course will cover the basic physical and human geography of Europe, emphasizing the factors that tie Europe together as well as the diversity of environmental and cultural conditions in the region. The class will focus particularly on those countries that are current members of the EU and on possible future entrants.

EUST 399VH. Honors Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Honors thesis course. Prerequisite: Junior standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

EUST 4003. European Studies Colloquium (Sp). 3 Hours.

An interdepartmental colloquium with an annual change in subject of investigation, required of students in the European studies program. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

EUST 4003H. Honors European Studies Colloquium (Sp). 3 Hours.

Colloquium course. May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

This course is equivalent to EUST 4003.

EUST 470V. Special Topics (Irregular). 1-6 Hour.

An examination of pertinent issues in Europe. May be repeated for degree credit.

EUST 470VH. Honors Special Topics (Irregular). 1-6 Hour.

An examination of pertinent issues in Europe. May be repeated for degree credit.

This course is equivalent to EUST 470V.