The courses listed here represent courses that are sponsored by the European Studies interdisciplinary minor.  Many courses in other departments, as well as many from study-abroad programs, receive credit within the minor.


  • 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.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, International Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2023 · Paul Petzschmann
  • EUST 102: Elementary Italian II

    Prerequisites: EUST 101 Elementary Italian or Instructor Permission 3 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · William North
  • 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.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Paul Petzschmann, Sandra Rousseau, William North
  • 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 2023–2024
  • 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 2023–2024
  • 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.

    Prerequisites: Participation in OCS Rome Program not offered 2023–2024
  • 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. 

    Prerequisites: Participation in OCS Cambridge Program not offered 2023–2024
  • 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.

    Prerequisites: Enrollment in Cambridge OCS Program not offered 2023–2024
  • 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.

    Prerequisites: Enrollment in OCS Cambridge Program not offered 2023–2024
  • 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.

    6 credits; International Studies, Social Inquiry; offered Spring 2024 · Paul Petzschmann
  • 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 2023–2024
  • 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. 

    2 credits; S/CR/NC; offered Winter 2024 · William North
  • 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.

    2 credits; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2024 · Paul Petzschmann