European Studies Major

Whether a manager, a financial analyst, a political scientist, an economist or a lawyer, whether you live in Europe or outside it, you will function in an environment where the norms, rules and laws of the European Union (EU) impact policies, regulate transactions and consolidate individuals’ rights.

While many talk about the EU, few have control over a field that is in perpetual movement, changing and adjusting to internal and external challenges. The major in European Studies aims to make you more competitive on the job market by providing pragmatically grounded knowledge, transferable skills and solid conceptual foundations. Through the variety of its course offerings the major also aims to introduce you to the atmosphere and spirit of Europe. 

The European Studies curriculum is designed to enable all graduates to acquire the following conceptual- and skills-based student outcomes:

  • understand the complexity of current European affairs and acquire analytical skills to examine them from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • master the conceptual framework necessary for analyzing government affairs, electoral systems, party politics, public policies, and political culture across Europe;
  • understand both the EU’s role in the international arena and how EU policies, laws, and institutions affect national policy-making, the economic environment, and European citizens;
  • examine EU policies through specific case studies within the framework of EU law, including primary and secondary legislation;
  • acquire skills to critically evaluate sources of data or information and achieve mastery of the management of bibliographic material and official databases;
  • pursue independent research through a range of methodologies and methods of social science research;
  • articulate, in both oral and written forms, coherent arguments drawing upon academic literature, media, non-governmental, and governmental/EU sources; and
  • demonstrate proficiency in an EU official language other than English (Spanish, German, French).

Over the years, alumni have gone on to graduate and postgraduate studies, joined the ranks of young trainees in the EU institutions in Brussels, become full-time EU technocrats, entered governmental structures and NGOs, or become journalists covering EU affairs either in Brussels or in their respective countries. These alumni have appreciated the quality of education this major provides, preparing them for further academic studies and/or job demands.  

Graduates of the European Studies program have completed graduate and postgraduate programs in European Politics and related fields at prestigious universities such as Cambridge University, the College of Europe, the London School of Economics and Political Science, King’s College, Oxford University, Sciences Politiques (Paris), and Stanford University. The major also offers the opportunity of a one semester Erasmus exchange to European universities such as Bordeaux, Grenoble, Jaggelonian (Poland), Leiden (Netherlands), Limerick (Ireland), and Pecs (Hungary).

Total: 31 credit hours

Required Courses (3 courses):
EUR 111 History of European Integration
EUR 212 EU Politics
EUR 213 Comparative Politics of Europe

Elective Courses (6 total):
Three (3) courses from the following (at least one WIC):

EUR 301 EU Law and Institutions
EUR 303 Policy Making in the European Union
EUR 305 European Economic Integration
EUR 320 Internal Market and EU Competition Law

Three (3) courses from the following:

POS 307/EUR 307 Research Methods
EUR 404 Topics in European Politics*
EUR 405 Topics in areas related to the European Union*

*EUR topics may be repeated for credit as long as the precise topic is different.

Language Proficiency

One (1) course from the following:

MLL 301 Modern France: Society, Politics and Culture
MLL 302 Modern Germany: Society, Politics and Culture
MLL 303 Modern Spain: Society, Politics and Culture


EUR 492 Senior Thesis does not count toward the major.

Disciplinary Honors in European Studies

To fulfill the requirements for a degree with honors in European Studies students must have a 3.5 or higher GPA in courses counted toward the major and earn a grade of B+ or above in EUR 492 Senior Thesis. 
A completed senior thesis counts as a state exam.

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