Modern European Studies

Modern European Studies at UBC is an interdepartmental undergraduate program of the Faculty of Arts. It offers students the opportunity to combine European languages, history, art, music, literature, philosophy, geography, sociology, anthropology, politics and economics in a broadly based concentration that will extend and deepen their knowledge of European issues.

The program will be particularly valuable for students planning to enter such careers as journalism, business, teaching and the Foreign Service. There is no department of Modern European Studies. A committee consisting of members from several departments from the Faculty of Arts oversee the program, which is administered by the Department of CENES. Advice is available from the Chair and from steering committee members.

Students are encouraged to participate in international exchange opportunities for the enhancement of their Modern European Studies program. Through its Education Abroad Program, UBC has active student exchange agreements with numerous European universities (12 at present). It is expected that additional exchange agreements with European universities in other countries will be signed in coming years.

Graduate Studies in the European Studies area can be pursued at a number of universities in North America and Europe.

Requirements for the B.A. Degree in Modern European Studies

Since the course offerings change yearly, please consult the Program Advisor about courses you would like to take as a part of MEST.

Lower-level Requirements

6 credits from: CENS 201, CENS 202, HIST 220, or Arts One

Upper Level Requirements

Students complete at least 30 credits at the upper-level, including:

  • 6 credits from: CENS 303, CENS 404, HIST 369, HIST 370;
  • 3 credits from: CENS 303, CENS 404, HIST 367, HIST 368, or another course in European history as designated for a particular year by the Program Chair;
  • At least 6 credits from each of Lists A (History), B (Social Sciences), and C (Literature and Culture) (see below); and
  • 3 credits from any of List A, B, or C.

Language Requirement

Students are required to take 12 credits of a European language other than English, in addition to the Bachelor of Arts language requirement. The language can be the one used to satisfy the Bachelor of Arts language requirement carried to a higher level (with literature courses in that language counting as equivalent), or it can be another language. RMST 478 is also acceptable.

Students are advised to check course listings for prerequisites.

Declaring a Major in Modern European Studies

Students should consult the Chairperson of the Modern European Studies Program at the end of their second year or in the summer before registering.

Advising and Program Approval

Program Chairperson: Dr. Bozena Karwowska
Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies
Buchanan Tower 920
1873 East Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604-822-5956 or 604-827-3550 (main office)

For information on the program: Students may consult the Chairperson (above) or any of the following members of the Modern European Studies steering committee as most appropriate:

Modern European Studies Approved Course Lists

  • HIST 315, 317, 319, 344, 348, 350, 351, 354, 367, 368, 369, 370, 434, 436, 439, 441

  • ECON 312, 313, 319, 334, 387;
  • GEOG 391, 493;
  • PHIL 314, 414, 416, 431;
  • POLI 326, 327, 341, 343, 346;
  • RELG 315;
  • SOCI 302, 350, 361, 461

All courses in European literature since the Renaissance, including those in translation, and the following courses:

  • ARTH 339, 340, 347
  • CENS 303, 404
  • FREN 334
  • GERM 301, 302, 304, 305, 390, 402, 403, 405, 408, 409, 426
  • ITST 418, 419, 432
  • MUSC 354, 430, 450, 455
  • POLS 424, 426
  • RUSS 306, 321, 323, 410
  • SCAN 334, 336, 411, 413, 414
  • SLAV 307
  • SPAN 358
  • THTR 320