Why study European studies?

The interdisciplinary European Studies Program is housed in the Center for Global & International Studies, which also provides a home for Middle East Studies and the Undergraduate Certificate in South Asian Studies. European Studies offers an intellectually engaging co-major and minor for students interested in exploring the languages, cultures, history, politics, and economies of Europe and individual European countries. Students integrate the co-major or minor most frequently with their study of Global & International Studies, a modern European language, History, Political Science, and English. The program provides students opportunities to attend lectures and panel discussions by leading scholars, conduct research, study abroad, and complete internships, all of which help prepare them for careers in a rapidly changing world and global economy. The European Studies Program also serves as a point of contact and organization for College and University faculty with expertise in European studies, and it promotes both faculty and student expertise by collaborating with local, regional, and national organizations and institutions.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the International Support Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

To officially declare a co-major in European Studies, please schedule an appointment with the European Studies undergraduate advisor, Laura Leonard (864-3500).

The co-major requires a minimum of 24 hours, 18 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and distributed as follows:

During their first and second years, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in HIST 115, HUM 115, or HUM 205 (3) plus 1 additional course from the list below:

ECON 104Introductory Economics4
ECON 144Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEOG 100World Regional Geography3
GEOG 102People, Place, and Society3
POLS 150Introduction to Comparative Politics3
or POLS 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors
POLS 170Introduction to International Politics3
or POLS 171 Introduction to International Politics Honors
HA 100Introduction to Western Art History3
PHIL 180Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy3

Note: All of the above courses fulfill general education goals in the KU Core. 

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

Admission to the Co-Major

Admission Requirements

  1. Declared major in a department or admission to a professional school.

Requirements for the Co-Major

European Studies Prerequisites or Co-requisites
Students selecting this co-major must complete one of the following:
HIST 115French Revolution to the Present: Europe 1789-Present3
or HUM 205 Western Civilization II
Interdisciplinary Perspective. Satisfied by one course from the following:3
Introductory Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
People, Place, and Society
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:
Additional foreign language (3 hours). Completion of one additional foreign language course (3 hours) beyond the 4th semester proficiency language requirement (300 level or above), or any available additional language course (3-5 hours) in a modern western European language (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish). 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; speak with the Undergraduate Advisor for European Studies 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
Topics in European Studies: _____ (when covering 2 or more countries)
The European Union
Rococo to Realism: Painting in Europe c. 1750-1848
European Art, 1900-1945
The Great War: The History of World War I
The History of the Second World War
The Holocaust in History
Recent European History, 1870 to the Present
Economic History of Europe
Intellectual History of 19th Century Europe
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
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 Required Electives. Satisfied by three approved country- or region-specific courses (9 hours), two of which must cover two different countries or regions. This list is not exhaustive list; please speak with the Undergraduate Advisor for European Studies each semester for a complete list of approved upper-division national or regional European Studies courses.9
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)
Major Authors: _____ (when British or Irish)
The Literature of: _____ (when British or Irish)
Irish Literature and Culture: _____
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
German Literature and the Modern Era
Border Crossings in German Culture
The Arts in German-Speaking Europe
German and Germany in Global Business Culture II
Gender and Religion
Renaissance Art in Italy: The 15th Century
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: 1848-1900
Biography of a City: _____ (European city only)
Hitler and Nazi Germany
France and Its Empire: From Acadia to Zidane
France from the Renaissance to the French Revolution
Rise of Modern Britain
Spain and its Empire, 1450-1700
British Political Thought
Literature in Translation: _____ (when a European literature)
Introduction to Italian Literature and Textual Analysis
Italy and the Italians
Politics of East-Central Europe
Spanish Language and Culture for Business
Twentieth Century Spanish Studies: _____
Studies in Spanish Culture and Civilization: _____
Colloquium on Spanish Film

Students may earn honors in European Studies by completing the two-semester sequence EURS 501 and EURS 502.

Courses taken during a study abroad program in Europe may fulfill co-major requirements. Students should consult the undergraduate advisor 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.

Departmental Honors

To graduate with Honors in European Studies students must complete the requirements for the co-major plus the two-semester sequence EURS 501 Research for Honors in European Studies and EURS 502 European Studies Honors Project. To qualify for honors, students must maintain a 3.5 grade-point average in the courses making up the European Studies co-major and a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average through graduation. Students must obtain approval of their research topic by a faculty member affiliated with the European Studies Program who will serve as the thesis director. Students should speak with the Academic Director the semester before they enroll in EURS 501 to discuss the proposed topic and selection of a thesis director. Each student must defend the completed thesis in an oral examination before a thesis committee of three faculty members. The student's thesis director chairs and chooses the committee in consultation with the student and the program director. The committee determines whether the student earns Honors.

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 semester abroad program in Paris and Florence.

Summer language institutes offering upper-division courses in language or literature 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.