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European Studies Minor

The turn of the twenty-first century coincides with the first united European currency, the Euro. The Euro is emblematic of a new Europe, one that has become a major force not only in world politics but in the ever-evolving cultural landscape of the new millennium. The study of European cultures provides students with a unique understanding of the complex mosaic that is today’s Europe. In the increasingly competitive job market, a focus on European Studies is a valuable asset in any field.

Students who minor in European Studies focus on different aspects of European culture, language, literature, film, politics, geography, philosophy, and history. Students may declare a minor in European Studies upon successful completion of French, German, or Spanish 311, 312, or the equivalent. The additional 12 credit hours will include electives in the Department of Foreign Languages and courses from the following program areas: Art, History, Music, Philosophy, and Political Science and Geography.

Option 1

  • 2 courses from Foreign Languages and Literatures, above 312 or the equivalent. One course must be outside the language of proficiency, or can be a FLET course with a European emphasis.
  • 2 courses from related disciplines outside of the Foreign Languages Department.


Option 2

  • 3 courses from Foreign Languages and Literatures, above 312. One course must be outside the language of proficiency, or can be a FLET course with a European emphasis.
  • 1 course from related disciplines outside of the Foreign Languages Department.


    Credits can also be earned by studying abroad in Europe. The student's course of study will be determined in consultation with an advisor from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

    For further information, please contact Dr. Heidi Schlipphacke (German) or Dr. Peter Schulman (French).