Why study European studies?

European studies broaden, deepen, and strengthen, through interdisciplinary study, a student’s knowledge and understanding of the enduring importance of our transatlantic partners, the Europeans.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

To complete the requirements for the degree in 4 years, prospective co-majors are encouraged to complete all general education and language requirements no later than fall semester of the junior year. Students should begin study of a western European language other than English or Russian as early as possible. For more information, contact the European Studies Advising Specialist, Laura Leonard, 785-864-3500, laleonar@ku.edu.

During their first and second years, students are required to enroll in HIST 115 and in 1 additional course from the list below:

Choose 1 of the following:3-4
Introductory Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics, Honors
World Regional Geography
Principles of Human Geography
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors
Introduction to International Politics
Introduction to International Politics Honors
Introduction to Western Art History
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

Note: Enrollment in the above courses counts toward College principal course distribution requirements in the humanities and social sciences.

Note: European Studies co-majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad and should discuss this opportunity with the Advising Specialist or Academic Director early in their undergraduate career.

Admission to the Co-Major

Admission Requirements

  1. Second-semester sophomore or junior standing.
  2. Declared major in a department or admission to a professional school.

Requirements for the Co-Major

European Studies Prerequisites or Co-requisites (18)
Students selecting this co-major must complete the following:
French Revolution to the Present: Europe 1789–Present. Satisfied by:
HIST 115French Revolution to the Present: Europe 1789-Present3
Interdisciplinary Perspective. Satisfied by one course from the following:
Introductory Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
Principles of Human Geography
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors
Introduction to International Politics
Introduction to International Politics Honors
Introduction to Western Art History
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Students selecting this co-major must complete the following:
Second Language Skills (3 hours). Students must complete one semester beyond the College general education second language requirement (completion of a fourth-semester course) in a modern western European language (Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, Swedish). 3
Seminar in European Studies. Satisfied by one of the following:3
Seminar in European Studies
Europe Today
Upper-Division General European Studies Required Electives. Satisfied by three approved courses (9 hours), two of which must be from different departments. The following list is not exhaustive; visit the European Studies website or speak with the undergraduate advisor each semester for a complete list of approved general European Studies courses:9
History of Architecture III: Modern
History of Urban Design
Economic History of Europe
Economic Issues of the European Union
Current Economic Issues of East Europe
European Culture and Society 1945 to Present
History of War and Peace
Europe Today
Studies in Exile Literature
Culture and Politics of the Cold War in Western Europe
Research in European Collections
Politics and Economics of Cultural Production in Western Europe
Introduction to the Study of Southern European Societies
Topics in European Studies: _____ (when covering 2 or more countries)
The European Union
European Art 1789-1848: Gender and Revolution
European Art, 1900-1945
Art Since 1945
The Great War: The History of World War I
The History of the Second World War
The Holocaust in History
Revolutionary Europe: The People in Arms
Recent European History, 1870 to the Present
Economic History of Europe
Intellectual History of 19th Century Europe
The History of Women and the Family in Europe, from 1500 to the Present
European Civilization in World Context: _____
Special Topics in International Business: _____
Introduction to International Business
Classics of Peace Literature
Nineteenth Century Philosophy
Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Politics in Europe
Politics of East-Central Europe
Topics in Comparative Politics: _____ (when covering Europe, among other regions)
Comparative Foreign Policy
Topics in International Relations: (when covering Europe, among other regions)
Sociological Theory
Industrial Revolution and Capitalist Development
Advanced Topics in Sociology: _____ (when covering comparative social policy between the United States and Europe)
History of Theatre II
Upper-Division National or Regional European Studies Requirements (0)
Satisfied by two approved country- or region-specific courses (6 hours), two of which must cover two different countries or regions. This list is not exhaustive; go to the European Studies website or speak with the undergraduate advisor each semester for a complete list of approved upper-division national or regional European Studies courses.
Contemporary French Architecture
Architecture Study Abroad (France, Italy, Germany, or United Kingdom)
The British Novel
Major British Writers after 1800
Studies in British Literature
Contemporary Authors: _____ (when British or Irish)
Studies in Twentieth-Century Drama: _____ (when at least 50 percent British/Irish)
Shakespeare
Major Authors: _____ (when British or Irish)
The Literature of: _____ (when British or Irish)
Irish Literature and Culture: _____
Introduction to the Study of Southern European Societies
Scandinavian Life and Civilization
Topics in European Studies: _____ (when country-specific)
Irish Literature and Culture: ______
France and the French (taught in English)
Introduction to French Literature
French Literature of the Twentieth Century
The German Business Environment
Renaissance Art in Italy: The 15th Century
Art in France 1848-1900: Modernisms
Biography of a City: _____ (European city only)
Hitler and Nazi Germany
Modern France: From Napoleon to de Gaulle
France from the Renaissance to the French Revolution
Rise of Modern Britain
Spain and its Empire, 1450-1700
Aspects of British Political Thought
Literature in Translation: _____ (when a European literature)
Introduction to Italian Literature I
   and Introduction to Italian Literature II
Italy and the Italians I
   and Italy and the Italians II (taught in English)
Politics of East-Central Europe
Scandinavian Life and Civilization
Spanish Language and Culture for Business
Twentieth Century Spanish Studies: _____
Studies in Spanish Culture and Civilization: _____
Colloquium on Spanish Film

Note: This list is not exhaustive. Visit the European Studies website or the program office each semester for a complete list of upper-division national or regional European Studies courses.

Capstone-Final Senior Course

In the senior year, students complete one of the following options:

Option A: Senior Thesis in European Studies. Satisfied by EURS 501. A semester-long independent research project under the supervision of a faculty thesis director. Students should contact Lorie A. Vanchena, Academic Director of European Studies, vanchena@ku.edu, before registering for EURS 501.

Option B. Two additional upper-division European Studies courses. Satisfied by general European or country-specific electives chosen from the course lists above.

Junior/Senior (300+) European studies courses. Satisfied by 2 courses (6 hours) of general European or country-specific electives chosen from the course lists above.

Courses taken during a study abroad program in Europe may fulfill co-major requirements. Students should consult the Advising Specialist for European Studies about study abroad credit before their program departure.

Co-Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, co-majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Co-Major Hours
Satisfied by 24 hours of co-major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 24 hours of KU resident credit in the co-major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 24 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the co-major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

No more than 12 hours may be shared between a 27-hour European studies co-major and another major.

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the co-major in European Studies. The European Studies co-major must be completed along with a full major. The co-major requires 4th-semester language proficiency in a modern western European language (Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, Swedish), as well as one additional semester of an advanced language course (i.e. one 300-level language course).

To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)33
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)252nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)25
HIST 115 (Goal 1.1 or Goal 3 Humanities, Co-Major Requirement)3Goal 2.2 Communication3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3EURS Co-Major Interdisciplinary Perspective Course (Co-Major Requirement)43
 17 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)234th Semester Language (BA Second Language)23
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 3 Natural Science3
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
Major Course 53Major Course 53
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 13-14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Advanced Language Course 300+ (Co-Major Requirement)63Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
Major Course53Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
Major Course53Major Course 300+53
EURS Elective 300+ (Co-Major Requirement)73Major Course 300+53
EURS Elective 300+ (Co-Major Requirement)73EURS Elective 300+ (Co-Major Requirement)73
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
EURS National or Regional Elective 300+ (Co-Major Requirement)83EURS National or Regional Elective 300+ (Co-Major Requirement)83
Major Course 300+ 53EURS 500 or 503 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Co-Major Requirement)93
Major Course 300+53Major Course 300+53
Major Course 300+ (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity)53Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies, or elective)1
 15 13
Total Hours: 120-121
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 

2

The BA degree requires 4th-semester language proficiency. The European Studies Co-Major requires 4th-semester language proficiency specifically in a modern western European language (Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, Swedish).

3

Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

4

An interdisciplinary perspective course is required for the European Studies Co-Major. Visit the degree requirements tab for a list of approved courses.

5

This degree plan does not include specific major requirements as the European Studies Co-Major can be paired with any major. Most majors do include approximately 30 credit hours, of which 15 must be at the Jr/Sr level. Additionally, students typically take a Goal 6 Integration & Creativity course within their major.

6

The European Studies Co-Major requires one advanced language course beyond 4th-semseter proficiency (i.e. one 300-level course).

7

3 courses (9 hours) of upper-division general European Studies elective courses are required. Two of which must be from different departments. Visit the degree requirements tab for a list of approved courses, or meet with an undergraduate advisor in European Studies.

8

2 courses (6 hours) of upper-division National or Regional European Studies courses are required, which must cover two different countries or regions. Visit the degree requirements tab for a list of approved courses, or meet with an undergraduate advisor in European Studies.

9

A seminar course in European Studies is required. This requirement can be fulfilled by one of two options:

Option A: Senior Thesis in European Studies. Satisfied by EURS 501. A semester-long independent research project under the supervision of a faculty thesis director. Students should contact Lorie A. Vanchena, Academic Director of European Studies, vanchena@ku.edu, before registering for EURS 501.

Option B. Two additional upper-division European Studies courses. Satisfied by general European or country-specific electives chosen from the course lists above.

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No more than 12 hours may be shared between a 27-hour European studies co-major and another major. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.

Departmental Honors

Honors in European Studies is open to co-majors who have earned, both at the time of entry into the program and at graduation, overall grade-point averages of 3.25 or higher and of 3.5 or higher in European studies. A student must complete all co-major requirements, including EURS 502 Senior Honors Thesis in European Studies, with a grade of A.

The senior honors thesis affords exceptional students the opportunity to work closely with an individual faculty member on a specific research project over an extended period of time, usually two semesters. The senior honors thesis may be combined with EURS 501 Senior Thesis in European Studies, substantially increasing the length and scope of the final thesis, or the senior honors thesis may be a separate extension of the senior thesis.

A student in EURS 502 must defend the thesis in a 1-hour oral examination with faculty. The examination committee is composed of 3 faculty members, 1 of whom must be the thesis director. The student selects the committee members in consultation with the thesis director. Students should consult Dr. Lorie A. Vanchena, Academic Director of European Studies, vanchena@ku.edu, early in their junior year.

 

Study Abroad

The European Studies program strongly encourages students to enroll in one of KU’s many study abroad programs in Europe.

European Studies participates in the Humanities and Western Civilization semester abroad program in Paris and Florence.

Summer language institutes offering upper-division courses in language of literary study may also qualify for European Studies co-major or minor credit. Contact a program advisor in the Office of Study Abroad, 108 Lippincott Hall, 785-864-3742.