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European Studies is for students interested in Europe, past and present. We provide an intellectual and social framework for students to explore issues involving any aspect of continental Europe. The minor helps students integrate their off-campus experiences and language study with campus coursework.

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About European Studies

The European Studies minor provides an intellectual meeting ground for students interested in exploring Europe from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Drawing courses from a number of different departments, the program in European Studies allows students to integrate their study of a European language and off-campus experiences in Europe with a coherent set of courses on campus to achieve a greater understanding of both new and old Europes.

Requirements for the European Studies Minor

The total number of credits required to complete the minor is 45.

One of the following gateway courses:

  • EUST 100: America Inside Out
  • EUST 110: The Power of Place: Memory and Counter-Memory in the European City
  • EUST 111: The Age of Cathedrals · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 140: The Age of Revolutions: Modern Europe, 1789-1914 · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 141: Europe in the Twentieth Century · not offered in 2023-24

Four transnational supporting courses that

  • approach a theme or issue from a pan-European perspective OR
  • compare European countries or regions OR
  • compare Europe (or parts of Europe) with another part of the world.

These courses will engage in an examination of such overarching issues as the relation between individual and community, cultural and linguistic diversity, and globalization. The list below is not exhaustive; students should consult with the minor director regarding other courses that may fulfill this requirement.

  • AFST 330: Black Europe
  • ARTH 101: Introduction to Art History I
  • ARTH 102: Introduction to Art History II
  • ARTH 172: Modern Art: 1890-1945 · not offered in 2023-24
  • ARTH 235: Revival, Revelation, and Re-animation: The Art of Europe’s “Renaissance” · not offered in 2023-24
  • ARTH 236: Baroque Art
  • ARTH 240: Art Since 1945 · not offered in 2023-24
  • ARTH 247: Architecture Since 1950
  • ARTH 263: Architectural Studies in Europe Program: Prehistory to Postmodernism
  • ARTH 264: European Architectural Studies Program: Managing Monuments: Issues in Cultural Heritage Practice · not offered in 2023-24
  • ARTH 265: Planning Utopia: Ideal Cities in Theory and Practice · not offered in 2023-24
  • ARTH 323: Idolatry · not offered in 2023-24
  • ARTH 341: Art and Democracy · not offered in 2023-24
  • CAMS 211: Film History II
  • CAMS 214: Film History III
  • CCST 270: Creative Travel Writing Workshop · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 114: Introduction to Medieval Narrative · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 135: Imperial Adventures · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 203: Other Worlds of Medieval English Literature · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 219: Global Shakespeare · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 350: The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts · not offered in 2023-24
  • EUST 100: America Inside Out
  • EUST 159: “The Age of Isms” – Ideals, Ideas and Ideologies in Modern Europe · not offered in 2023-24
  • EUST 231: Economics and European Studies in Cambridge: Britain in Europe: Brexit and its Aftermath · not offered in 2023-24
  • EUST 232: Economics and European Studies in Cambridge: The Great War in Poetry, History and Memory · not offered in 2023-24
  • EUST 233: Economics and European Studies in Cambridge: Capitalism and Crises: Political Economy from Marx to Hayek · not offered in 2023-24
  • EUST 249: The European Union: Constitution, Crisis and Conflict
  • FREN 206: Contemporary French and Francophone Culture
  • FREN 238: Back to the Future: French Classics Reimagined · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 248: Murder and Mayhem: Narratives of Suspense · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 255: French and Francophone Studies in Paris Program: Islam in France: Historical Approaches and Current Debates
  • FREN 257: French and Francophone Autofiction · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 259: French and Francophone Studies in Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
  • FREN 308: France and the African Imagination
  • FREN 309: Expression and Translation: Encounters with Language · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 347: Gender and Sexuality in the Francophone World · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 353: The French Chanson · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 357: French and Francophone Autofiction · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 359: French and Francophone Studies in Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
  • FREN 360: The Algerian War of Liberation and Its Representations
  • GERM 221: · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 257: Berlin Program: Walking the Metropolis · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 357: Berlin Program: Walking the Metropolis · not offered in 2023-24
  • GWSS 243: Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe Program: Situated Feminisms: Socio-Political Systems and Gender Issues Across Europe
  • GWSS 244: Women’s & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Cross-Cultural Feminist Methodologies
  • GWSS 325: Women’s & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Continental Feminist, Queer, Trans* Theories
  • HIST 100: Exploration, Science, and Empire
  • HIST 137: Early Medieval Worlds in Transformation · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 138: Crusades, Mission, and the Expansion of Europe · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 139: Foundations of Modern Europe
  • HIST 140: The Age of Revolutions: Modern Europe, 1789-1914 · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 141: Europe in the Twentieth Century · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 231: Mapping the World Before Mercator · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 232: Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 233: The Byzantine World and Its Neighbors, 750-ca. 1453 · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 235: Making and Breaking Institutions: Structure, Culture, Corruption, and Reform in the Middle Ages
  • HIST 236: The Worlds of Hildegard of Bingen
  • HIST 238: The Viking World
  • HIST 239: Hunger, Public Policy and Food Provision in History · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 244: The Enlightenment and Its Legacies · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 252: Fascism in Europe, 1919-1945 · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 287: From Alchemy to the Atom Bomb: The Scientific Revolution and the Making of the Modern World
  • HIST 332: Image Makers and Breakers in the Premodern World · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 341: The Russian Revolution and its Global Legacies · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 346: The Holocaust · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 347: The Global Cold War · not offered in 2023-24
  • MELA 230: Jewish Collective Memory · not offered in 2023-24
  • MUSC 111: Music and Storytelling · not offered in 2023-24
  • MUSC 211: Race, Gender, and Classical Music · not offered in 2023-24
  • MUSC 215: Western Music and its Social Ecosystems, 1830-Present
  • PE 338: Sport and Globalization in London and Seville Program: Global Athletics
  • PHIL 272: Early Modern Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 274: Existentialism · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 120: Democracy and Dictatorship
  • POSC 238: Sport and Globalization in London and Seville Program: Globalization and Development: Lessons from Int’l Football
  • POSC 244: The Politics of Eurovision · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 247: Comparative Nationalism · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 253: Welfare Capitalisms in Post-War Europe · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 255: Post-Modern Political Thought · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 257: Marx for the 21st Century: Ecology, Technology, Dispossession
  • POSC 259: Justice Among Nations · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 265: Public Policy and Global Capitalism
  • POSC 268: Global Environmental Politics and Policy
  • POSC 276: Imagination in Politics: Resisting Totalitarianism · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 283: Separatist Movements · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 284: War and Peace in Northern Ireland · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 352: Political Theory of Alexis de Tocqueville
  • POSC 358: Comparative Social Movements · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 359: Cosmopolitanism · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 217: Faith and Doubt in the Modern Age · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 222: Trauma, Loss, Memory: Holocaust and Genocide
  • RELG 225: Losing My Religion · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 231: From Luther to Kierkegaard
  • RELG 287: Many Marys · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 329: Modernity and Tradition · not offered in 2023-24
  • SOAN 108: In & Out of Africa: How Transnational Black Lives Matter · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 318: Islamic Spain · not offered in 2023-24
  • WGST 243: Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe Program: Situated Feminisms: Socio-Political Systems and Gender Issues Across Europe · not offered in 2023-24
  • WGST 244: Women’s & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Cross-Cultural Feminist Methodologies · not offered in 2023-24
  • WGST 325: Women’s & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Continental Feminist, Queer, Trans* Theories · not offered in 2023-24

Two country-specific supporting courses in the participating disciplines, each of which focuses on a particular European country or region. Country-specific courses need not address pan-European issues, but students will be expected to bring a comparative awareness of Europe to their learning experience.

  • CAMS 212: Contemporary Spanish Cinema · not offered in 2023-24
  • ECON 221: Cambridge Program: Contemporary British Economy · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 144: Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 205: “Passing Strange”: Shakespeare’s Othello and its Modern Afterlives
  • ENGL 206: William Shakespeare: The Henriad
  • ENGL 207: Princes. Poets. Power
  • ENGL 209: Much Ado About Nothing: A Project Course · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 214: Revenge Tragedy · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 216: Milton · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 218: The Gothic Spirit
  • ENGL 222: The Art of Jane Austen
  • ENGL 229: The Rise of the Novel
  • ENGL 244: Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 249: Modern Irish Literature: Poetry, Prose, and Politics
  • ENGL 256: Ireland Program: Irish History and Culture · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 274: Ireland Program: Irish Literary Pasts and Presents · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 279: Living London Program: Urban Field Studies
  • ENGL 281: Living London Program: Reading London, Writing London
  • ENGL 282: Living London Program: London Theater
  • ENGL 310: Shakespeare II · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 319: The Rise of the Novel
  • ENGL 323: Romanticism and Reform
  • ENGL 327: Victorian Novel
  • ENGL 328: Victorian Poetry · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 381: Living London Program: Reading London, Writing London
  • ENGL 395: Yeats and Heaney · not offered in 2023-24
  • EUST 207: Rome Program: Italian Encounters · not offered in 2023-24
  • EUST 231: Economics and European Studies in Cambridge: Britain in Europe: Brexit and its Aftermath · not offered in 2023-24
  • EUST 232: Economics and European Studies in Cambridge: The Great War in Poetry, History and Memory · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 204: Intermediate French
  • FREN 208: French and Francophone Studies in Paris Program: Contemporary France: Cultures, Politics, Society
  • FREN 238: Back to the Future: French Classics Reimagined · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 239: Banned Books · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 241: The Lyric and Other Seductions · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 243: Food in French Fiction
  • FREN 244: Contemporary France and Humor
  • FREN 250: French History in 10 Objects · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 254: French and Francophone Studies in Paris Program: French Art in Context
  • FREN 259: French and Francophone Studies in Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
  • FREN 308: France and the African Imagination
  • FREN 309: Expression and Translation: Encounters with Language · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 340: Arts of Brevity: Short Fiction · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 341: Madame Bovary and Her Avatars · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 353: The French Chanson · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 359: French and Francophone Studies in Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
  • FREN 395: The Mande of West Africa · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 152: Personhood · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 156: Introduction to German Cinema: Film, Nature, and Nation
  • GERM 212: Contemporary Germany in Global Context
  • GERM 214: What’s New: The Latest Works in German-Speaking Media · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 216: German Short Prose · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 223: Thinking Green: Sustainability, Literature, and Culture in Germany · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 247: Mirror, Mirror: Reflecting on Fairy Tales and Folklore
  • GERM 251: Identity, Belonging, and Spaces of Home in the Works of Fatma Aydemir · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 256: Berlin Program: Crossing Boundaries · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 258: Berlin Program: Berlin Memory Politics · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 259: Berlin Program: German in Motion: Migration, Place and Displacement · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 267: Catastrophe! Natural Disaster in German Literature
  • GERM 320: Life under Socialism: Culture and Society in East Germany · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 321: On the Edge: Monsters, Robots, and Cyborgs · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 359: Berlin Program: German in Motion: Migration, Place, and Displacement · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 100: Food and Public Health: Why the Brits Embraced White Bread
  • HIST 143: Modern Italy in the Mediterranean World · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 201: Rome Program: Building Power and Piety in Medieval Italy, CE 300-1150 · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 206: Rome Program: The Eternal City in Time: Structure, Change, and Identity · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 240: Tsars and Serfs, Cossacks and Revolutionaries: The Empire that was Russia
  • HIST 241: Russia through Wars and Revolutions · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 243: The Peasants are Revolting! Society and Politics in the Making of Modern France
  • HIST 245: Ireland: Land, Conflict and Memory · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 250: Modern Germany · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 288: Reason, Authority, and Love in Medieval France · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 289: Gender and Ethics in Late Medieval France · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 335: Finding Ireland’s Past
  • POSC 284: War and Peace in Northern Ireland · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 205: Russian in Cultural Contexts · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 237: Beyond Beef Stroganoff: Food in Russian Culture · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 239: The Warped Soul of Putin’s Russia · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 244: The Rise of the Russian Novel
  • RUSS 261: Lolita · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 263: Madness and Madmen in Russian Culture
  • RUSS 266: The Brothers Karamazov · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 267: War and Peace · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 280: 1917 · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 293: Advanced Russian Skill Development · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 331: The Wonderful World of Russian Animation · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 335: Oral History of Russian-Speaking America
  • RUSS 342: Post-Soviet Film
  • RUSS 345: Russian Cultural Idioms of the Nineteenth Century · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 351: Chekhov · not offered in 2023-24
  • RUSS 395: Senior Seminar: The Cult of Stalin · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 227: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Modern Spain · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 229: Madrid Program: Current Issues in Spanish Politics · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 244: Spain Today: Recent Changes through Narrative and Film
  • SPAN 301: Greek and Christian Tragedy · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 328: The Contemporary Spanish Fictional Essay · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 330: The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes’ Don Quijote · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 345: Culture, Capitalism and the Commons · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 349: Madrid Program: Four Masters of Spanish Art · not offered in 2023-24
  • SPAN 366: Jorge Luis Borges: Less a Man Than a Vast and Complex Literature · not offered in 2023-24

EUST 398: Senior Colloquium or CCST 398: CCST Panorama: A Capstone Workshop

Minors must normally participate in an off-campus study program in Europe.

The overall balance of courses must include a mix of disciplines and course levels (100s, 200s, 300s). While this balance will be established for each individual student in consultation with the minor coordinator, no more than half of the required minimum of courses may be in one department, and at least half of the required minimum of courses must be above the 100-level.

European Studies Courses

  • EUST 100 America Inside Out

    “America” has often served as a canvas for projecting European anxieties about economic, social and political modernity. Admiration of technological progress and democratic stability went hand in hand with suspicions about its–actual and supposed–materialism, religiosity and mass culture. These often contradictory perceptions of the United States were crucial in the process of forming European national imaginaries and myths up to and including an European identity. Accordingly, this course will explore some of the most important examples of the European imagination of the United States–from Michel de Montaigne to Hannah Arendt.

  • EUST 102 Elementary Italian II

  • EUST 110 The Power of Place: Memory and Counter-Memory in the European City

    This team-taught interdisciplinary course explores the relationship between memory, place and power in Europe’s cities. It examines the practices through which individuals and groups imagine, negotiate and contest their past in public spaces through art, literature, film and architecture. The instructors will draw on their research and teaching experience in urban centers of Europe after a thorough introduction to the study of memory across different disciplines. Students will be challenged to think critically about larger questions regarding the possibility of national and local memories as the foundation of identity and pride but also of guilt and shame.

  • EUST 111 The Age of Cathedrals

    Arising over a period of two medieval centuries, the gothic cathedrals of Europe symbolize at once faith, political and economic power, local identity, and technological and artistic achievement. Later generations commemorated them in literature and art, destroyed them in their political and religious zeal, and restored them (and continue to restore them) out of different sort of political zeal as well as a sense of duty and opportunity to preserve a national and European cultural inheritance and tourist treasure. In this course, we seek to understand the cathedral and its enduring legacy in Europe, and especially in France, from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives and using a variety of media and sources. 

    Not offered in 2023-24

  • EUST 159 “The Age of Isms” – Ideals, Ideas and Ideologies in Modern Europe

    “Ideology” is perhaps one of the most-used (and overused) terms of modern political life. This course will introduce students to important political ideologies and traditions of modern Europe and their role in the development of political systems and institutional practices from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. We will read central texts by conservatives, liberals, socialists, anarchists and nationalists while also considering ideological outliers such as Fascism and Green Political Thought. In addition the course will introduce students to the different ways in which ideas can be studied systematically and the methodologies available.

    Not offered in 2023-24

  • EUST 207 Rome Program: Italian Encounters

    Through a range of interdisciplinary readings, guest lectures, and site visits, this course will provide students with opportunities to analyze important aspects of Italian culture and society, both past and present, as well as to examine the ways in which travelers, tourists, temporary visitors, and immigrants have experienced and coped with their Italian worlds. Topics may include transportation, cuisine, rituals and rhythms of Italian life, urbanism, religious diversity, immigration, tourism, historic preservation, and language. Class discussions and projects will offer students opportunities to reflect on their own encounters with contemporary Italian culture.

    Not offered in 2023-24

  • EUST 231 Economics and European Studies in Cambridge: Britain in Europe: Brexit and its Aftermath

    As of March 29 2019 Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union. To understand the process that led to this remarkable and unexpected event, this course will introduce students to the institutions of the European Union and of Britain through reading, discussion, guest lectures and on-site visits in Brussels and London. 

    Not offered in 2023-24

  • EUST 232 Economics and European Studies in Cambridge: The Great War in Poetry, History and Memory

    The memory of World War I looms large in British politics, especially around the centenary of the treaty of Versailles. While it has done much to unite European elites around ideas of shared governance and economic cooperation, it continues to divide historians and the general public in Britain. Beginning with a tour of the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme, we will be reading about these ongoing controversies. These readings will be accompanied by further visits to the Imperial War museum in Manchester and the war memorials in Cambridge and London.

    Not offered in 2023-24

  • EUST 233 Economics and European Studies in Cambridge: Capitalism and Crises: Political Economy from Marx to Hayek

    Britain was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. That rapid economic growth unleashed by free competition brought with it the constant threat of crisis was an insight developed by Marx and later Keynes. Britain was home to capitalism’s cheerleaders as well as to its most important critics. Its economic dominance was accompanied by a tradition of tolerance, of open public discussion and free academic enquiry that made London and Cambridge attractive to students of political economy from Europe and across the world. Readings from the most important representatives will be supplemented by visits to industrial sites and museums in Manchester.

    Not offered in 2023-24

  • EUST 249 The European Union: Constitution, Crisis and Conflict

    It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the experience of war and conflict for the founding of the European Union. The enlargement of the EU to include the much of Eastern Europe has brought this kind of “History” once again to the fore of policy-making in Brussels and in Europe’s national capitals. It has also exposed the contradictions that have made a coherent European Foreign and Security Policy so difficult to achieve. In this course we will examine the history of the EU’s founding alongside an introduction to the history and politics of Eastern Europe, culminating in an examination of the ongoing war in Ukraine. We will benefit from multiple class visits by Ukraine scholar Prof Komarenko of Tarras Shevchenko University, Ukraine.

  • EUST 278 Cross-Cultural Psychology Sem in Prague: Politics & Culture in Central Europe-Twentieth Century

    This course covers important political, social, and cultural developments in Central Europe during the twentieth century. Studies will explore the establishment of independent nations during the interwar period, Nazi occupation, resistance and collaboration, the Holocaust and the expulsion of the Germans, the nature of the communist system, its final collapse, and the post-communist transformation.

    Not offered in 2023-24

  • EUST 290 Economics and European Studies Program: Studying Britain in Europe: from the Great War to Brexit

    This course provides guided readings for students on the Economics and European Studies OCS in Cambridge. The course introduces students to the study of European Institutions and their development in the context of major political events of the day. It also covers the different crises that led to the Union’s establishment after the experience of two World Wars, the post-war settlement, and Britain’s awkward relationship with the EU from Churchill to Brexit. 

  • EUST 398 The Global Panorama: A Capstone Workshop for European Studies and Cross-Cultural Studies

    The work of Cross-Cultural Studies and European Studies traverses many disciplines, often engaging with experiences that are difficult to capture in traditional formats. In this course students will create an ePortfolio that reflects, deepens, and narrates the various forms of experiences they have had at Carleton related to their minor, drawing on coursework and off-campus study, as well as such extracurricular activities as talks, service learning, internships and fellowships. Guided by readings and prompts, students will write a reflective essay articulating the coherence of the parts, describing both the process and the results of their pathway through the minor. Considered a capstone for CCST and EUST, but for anyone looking to thread together their experiences across culture. Course is taught as a workshop.