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

6 credits from the following: HIST 369 (3), HIST 370 (3), and CENS 404 (3). Students take at least 30 credits, including at least one of HIST 367 (3), HIST 368 (3), or CENS 404 (3), or another course in European history as designated for a particular year by the Program Chair.

At least 6 credits from each of Approved Courses Lists (see below) updated for 2019/20: A (History), B (Social Sciences), and C (Literature and Culture) and the remainder from any of the lists are also required.

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. Students are encouraged to continue with the one used to satisfy the Faculty of Arts language requirement carried to a higher level (with literature courses in that language counting as equivalent).

Students may not take more than 72 credits in courses at the 100 and 200 level. 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)
Email

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 (3)
HIST 317 (3)
HIST 319 (3)
HIST 344 (3)
HIST 348 (6)
HIST 350 (6)
HIST 351 (6)
HIST 354 (6)
HIST 367 (3)
HIST 368 (3)
HIST 369 (3)
HIST 370 (3)
HIST 434 (6)
HIST 436 (6)
HIST 439 (3)
HIST 441 (3)

ECON 312 (3)
ECON 313 (3)
ECON 319 (3)
ECON 334 (3)
ECON 387 (3)
GEOG 391 (3)
GEOG 493 (3)
PHIL 314 (3/4)
PHIL 414 (3/6)
PHIL 416 (3/6)
PHIL 431 (3/4)
POLI 326 (3)
POLI 327 (3)
POLI 341 (3/6)
POLI 343 (3)
POLI 346 (3)
RELG 315;
SOCI 302 (3/6)
SOCI 350
SOCI 361 (6)
SOCI 461 (3/6)

All courses in European literature since the Renaissance, including those in translation, and the following courses:
ARTH 339 (3)
ARTH 340 (3)
ARTH 347 (3)
CENS 303 (3)
CENS 307 (3)
CENS 404 (3)
FREN 334 (3/6)
GERM 301 (3)
GERM 302 (3)
GERM 304 (3)
GERM 305 (3)
GERM 390 (3)
GERM 402 (3)
GERM 403 (3/6)
GERM 405 (3)
GERM 408 (3)
GERM 409 (3)
GERM 426 (3)
ITST 418 (3/6)
ITST 419 (3/6)
ITST 432
MUSC 354 (3)
MUSC 430 (3/6)
MUSC 450 (3/6)
MUSC 455 (3)
POLS 424 (3)
POLS 426 (3)
RUSS 306 (3/6)
RUSS 321 (3)
RUSS 323 (3)
RUSS 410 (3/6)
RUSS 411 (3)
RUSS 412 (3)
SCAN 334 (3)
SCAN 336 (3)
SCAN 411 (3)
SCAN 413 (3)
SCAN 414 (3)
SLAV 307 (3/6)
SPAN 358 (3)
THTR 320 (6)