European Studies Major

Whether a manager, a financial analyst, a political scientist, an economist, or a lawyer, whether living in Europe or outside it, all AUBG graduates 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 people talk about the EU, few have control over a field that is in perpetual movement, as it changes and adjusts to internal and external challenges. The major in European Studies aims to make students 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 European Studies major aims to introduce students to the atmosphere and spirit of Europe. The major also offers the opportunity of a one-semester Erasmus exchange to a European university, such as Bordeaux (France), Grenoble (France), Jagiellonian (Poland), Leiden (Netherlands), Limerick (Ireland), and Pécs (Hungary).

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 these 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 official EU language other than English (e.g., Spanish, German, French).

Over the years, alumni have gone on to graduate 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 their respective countries. Graduates have also completed graduate and postgraduate programs in European Politics and related fields at prestigious universities such as University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, the College of Europe, the London School of Economics and Political Science, King’s College, Sciences Politiques (Paris), and Stanford University.

Total: 31 credit hours

Required Courses (9 credit hours):

EUR 111 European Integration and Transformation of Diplomacy: From 1945 to Present
EUR 212 EU Politics
EUR 213 Comparative Politics

Elective Courses (22 credit hours):

Ten credit hours from the following:

EUR 301 EU Law and Institutions
EUR 303 Policies and Policy-Making in the EU (WIC)
EUR 307 Research Methods (also listed as POS 307)
EUR 320 Internal Market and EU Competition Law
EUR 321 EU Project Writing and Management

Nine credit hours from the following:

EUR 403 EU Lobbying: Interest Groups and European Integration
EUR 404 Topics in European Politics
EUR 405 Topics in Areas Related to the European Union
EUR 481 Internship
MLL 301 Modern France – Society, Politics and Culture
MLL 302 Modern Germany – Society, Politics and Culture
MLL 303 Modern Spain – Society, Politics and Culture

Required Language Proficiency

Intermediate proficiency (B1 level) required in either French, German, or Spanish:

for French: MLL 115, MLL 116, MLL 215, and MLL 216 or MLL 217
for German: MLL 125, MLL 126, MLL 225, and MLL 226 or MLL 227
for Spanish: MLL 155, MLL 156, MLL 255, and MLL 256 or MLL 257

Waivers for such courses will be granted by the respective language professors for students providing a certificate attesting to their level of proficiency (level B1) delivered by a recognized authority – for French: an Institut Français, an Alliance Française, or another examination center licensed by CIEP-France (DELF B1, Diplôme d’études en langue française or TCF B1, Test de connaissance du français); for German: a Goethe-Institut or an ÖSD examination center licensed by the ÖSD-Zentrale Austria (certificate for level B1 in German); for Spanish: an Instituto Cervantes (DELE B1, Diploma de Español Lengua Extranjera). The certificate attesting the level of language proficiency should not be older than two years at the time of the declaration of the major.

Disciplinary Honors in European Studies

Disciplinary Honors may be given to a European Studies major who upon graduation has achieved a GPA-in-major of at least 3.50 and earned a grade of B+ or above in EUR 492 Senior Thesis.

A successfully completed senior thesis substitutes for the Bulgarian state exam, but EUR 492 does not count as credit hours earned towards an EUR major.

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