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.
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:
|ECON 104||Introductory Economics||4|
|ECON 144||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|GEOG 100||World Regional Geography||3|
|GEOG 102||People, Place, and Society||3|
|POLS 150||Introduction to Comparative Politics||3|
|or POLS 151||Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors|
|POLS 170||Introduction to International Politics||3|
|or POLS 171||Introduction to International Politics Honors|
|HA 100||Introduction to Western Art History||3|
|PHIL 180||Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy||3|
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
- 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 115||French Revolution to the Present: Europe 1789-Present||3|
|or HUM 205||Western Civilization II|
|Interdisciplinary Perspective. Satisfied by one course from the following:||3|
|Principles of Macroeconomics|
|World Regional Geography|
|People, Place, and Society|
|Introduction to Comparative Politics|
or POLS 151
|Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors|
|Introduction to International Politics|
or POLS 171
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|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:
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.
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.