Modern European Studies is an interdepartmental undergraduate program that offers students the opportunity to combine multiple disciplines in a broadly based concentration and deepen their knowledge of European issues. The program is administered by the CENES Department and is overseen by a committee of faculty members from various departments in the Faculty of Arts.

Major in Modern European Studies

The program offers courses that merge European languages, history, art, music, literature, philosophy, geography, sociology, anthropology, politics, and economics. Students interested in completing the major in Modern European Studies must complete the following course and language requirements. However, due to constant changes in course offerings in various departments, please consult the Chair of the program to discuss possible additions or alternatives.

Program Overview

Europe is a key political, economic, and regulatory center of our world. The European Union, constructed over the half-century following the most destructive war in history, now unites 28 states in an unprecedented economic and political federation. How did these developments happen and how do they define Europe? What exactly is Europe, how have understandings of Europe changed over time, and what is the continent’s role in global affairs today?

A major in Modern European Studies will immerse you in the past and present of Europe, giving you a vital foundation for engagement in global economic, political, and cultural affairs. The Modern European Studies major combines interdisciplinary training in European history, politics, economics, and culture with in-depth language study and a European experience abroad. The major builds conceptual and practical skills that will prepare students for careers or further study in journalism, business, foreign service, education, and many other fields.

Students who want to focus on modern Europe within a particular discipline (including European languages, Political Science and International Relations, Geography, Economics, or History) will find Modern European Studies an excellent complement as a second major.

The program will be particularly valuable for students planning to enter such careers as journalism, business, teaching and the Foreign Service. If you plan on entering the program, you should consult the Chairperson of the Modern European Studies program at the end of your second year or in the summer before registration.

Advising and Program Approval

For information on the program, students may consult the Chairperson or any of the following members of the Modern European Studies steering committee as most appropriate: