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.

Requirements for the Minor

Students selecting this minor must complete the following:

European Studies Minor Core Knowledge and Skills
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
Foundational Course: Seminar in European Studies. Satisfied by:
EURS 500Seminar in European Studies3
or EURS 503 Europe Today
1 approved modern European history course3
European Studies Minor Electives.9
Select three of the four following options:
1 approved European politics course
1 approved European economics or business course
1 approved general European culture or history course
1 approved national or regional European course

A current list of approved courses for the minor is available on the European Studies website and from the Program’s Advising Specialist and Academic Director.

Note: No more than 1 course may be counted both in the minor and another degree or minor program.

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.