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International Studies


The International Studies Program consists of a combination of a Major and a Concentration. For those interested in Europe, the Program would look like this:

A. A Major   (Minimum 9 courses)

This can be in Art History, or History, or Political Science. These majors provide not only a strong disciplinary base from which to study Europe, but also provide international and comparative perspectives expanding your understanding of Europe in a global context. At least two courses you take in this major must focus on Europe. Of course, you may take more.

B. A European Concentration:  (Minimum 5 courses)

1. Advanced Language (Spanish, French, or German): Two language courses at the 300 level or above. These courses must include at least one literature course. You are encouraged to take conversation classes, but these courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

2. Study Abroad: The required study abroad experience must be directly related to the European area of emphasis. The program, satisfied by one or two semesters in a study abroad program, must entail significant work in your foreign language. The International Studies Program has a set of approved study abroad programs. Exceptions require International Studies Committee approval. You should discuss your plans with your advisor and receive the Committee’s approval a year in advance of the experience.

3. The European Area of Emphasis: Three courses on Europe are required. These are in addition to the two taken in the disciplinary major. You should take courses approved as European International Studies courses (see the list below) from at least two different disciplines in addition to your disciplinary major. One course on pre-1500 Europe can be substituted for one of the approved International Studies courses listed below with the consent of the International Studies Committee.

In sum, the I.S. Program totals approximately 14 courses. At least 7 of those will be on Europe and on a European (non-English) language/literature. You will also be credited with a major on your transcript.

Note that by the end of the sophomore year at the latest, all students will complete the form called International Studies Plan of Study. See the Majoring and Minoring page for further details.

European Area of Emphasis Listed below are the approved courses on Europe to choose from. (Note: courses offered in fall 2014 are underlined.)


Art History

ARH71-304 Northern Renaissance Art
ARH71-504 Art of Spain, 711-1700
ARH71-544 Italian Renaissance Art
ARH71-554 Baroque Art
ARH71-614 Revolution, Romanticism, Realism
ARH71-624 Modernism and Modernity
ARH71-674 German Art in the Modern Era
ARH71-764 Modern Architecture


ENG10-154 Survey of English Literature I
ENG10-164 Survey of English Literature II
ENG10-304 Don Quixote
ENG10-654 Topics in 18th-Century British Literature
ENG10-664 Topics in Romanticism
ENG10-674 Topics in Victorian Literature and Culture
ENG10-684 Topics in 20th-Century British Literature


FRE11-314 Topics in Literature and Film
FRE11-334 Composition and Culture
FRE11-354 French Culture
FRE11-454 Women Writers in French
FRE11-514 Studies in French Literature
FRE11-604 Topics in Literature and Culture
FRE11-614 Texts/Contexts


GER12-304 Global Leadership and Intercultural Communication
GER12-314 Reading German: Text in Context
GER12-334 Oral and Written Expression
GER12-344 Introduction to German Literature and Film
GER12-354 German Culture
GER12-454 Feminist Studies in German
GER12-514 Studies in German Literature
GER12-614 Texts/Contexts
GER12-302 Special Topics
GER12-304 Linguistics/Cultures


HIS16-204 Early Modern Europe
HIS16-214 Modern Europe
HIS16-304 Nazi Germany & Holocaust
HIS16-384 History of Human Rights
HIS16-394 Gender and Sexuality in the British Empire
HIS16-404 Modern France
HIS16-514 Muslims in Europe
HIS16-524 British History, 1688 to Present
HIS16-534 Topics in British Culture
HIS16-544 Gender and Science


MUL80-114 Music Literature I
MUL80-214 Music Literature II
MUL80-414 Music Literature IV
MUL80-444 Classical and Romantic Music
MUL80-454 20th-Century Music

Political Science

PSC32-304 Germany and Japan: Losers of WWII?
PSC32-414 European Politics
PSC32-774 The European Union


SPA15-364 Cultures of Spain
SPA15-404 Selected Topics in Iberian Literature
SPA15-414 Don Quijote
SPA15-424 Readings in Contemporary Iberian Literature 
SPA15-614 Topics in Hispanic Film


THE74-244 Theatre History and Historiography III