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. The program is administered by a representative steering committee of the Faculty of Arts. Advice is available from the Chair and from steering committee members.

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. Students are encouraged to participate in such exchanges for the enhancement of their Modern European Studies programs.

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


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

One of HIST 220 (6), or Arts One, or CENS 201 (3) and CENS 202 (3).

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 A (History), B (Social Sciences), and C (Literature and Culture) and the remainder from any of the lists are also required.

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 Faculty 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 may not take more than 72 credits in courses at the 100 and 200 level. Students are advised to check course listings for prerequisites.

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

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) or

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:

Barbara Dancygier, English Dept 

Eagle Glassheim, History Dept

Kurt Huebner, Institute for European Studies

Sima Godfrey, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies Dept