European Studies

An IAS Major Concentration

Dive into the birthplace of Western civilization.

This concentration focuses on the new Europe and its historical and cultural contexts, attempting to understand the European contribution to world politics and cultural exchange. It involves study of both traditional and new European cultural products (literature, film, visual art, and electronic media) and also of European institutions and contexts. This concentration will educate students interested in understanding Europe for its own sake, but also as the continent connects with other parts of the world. It is committed to interdisciplinary approaches, and students may take courses in the traditional language-and-literature disciplines, as well as in anthropology, art history, economics, film, history, music, philosophy, and political science.

The concentration defines the geography of modern Europe to include the Atlantic world, as well as its Eurasian and Mediterranean neighbors.


To satisfy the concentration requirements, browse the available courses.

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This concentration requires 36 units of coursework:

  • 3 units of introductory coursework
  • 3 units of European history coursework [300 level or above from History Dept. offerings on Europe (1750 forward)]
  • 3 units of non-European world area/culture coursework [any level]
  • 27 units of advanced European Studies course work from a minimum of three academic disciplines [at least one course must focus on gender, race or class, and at least two courses must be at the 400 level]

Additional requirements:

  • Students must fulfill the standard foreign language requirement with a European language consistent with their study abroad location (e.g. French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish).
  • We strongly encourage students to study abroad.  For those students who do not study abroad, an additional 3 unit course at the 300 or 400 level is required.
  • We strongly prefer students to select a study abroad location consistent with their chosen language of study (e.g., students who wish to study in Spain must satisfy their language requirement with either Spanish or Portuguese).
  • All advanced credits counting for the IAS major must be unique to the IAS major.
  • Receive a grade of C+ or higher in all IAS courses; all courses taken for IAS credit must be taken for a letter grade, including language courses.

NB A single course may satisfy more than one of the distribution requirements (disciplinary; race, gender, class; or world area). Some of these requirements may be completed while abroad.


If you have questions about this major concentration, please contact Professor Graebner.

Contact Professor Graebner