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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 page for further details.

European Area Approved Courses
Spring 2017 courses are underlined.

Art History

ARH71-054 Introduction to Art History: Modern Era
ARH71-044 Introduction to Art History: Renaissance Art
ARH71-444 Hellenistic Art
ARH71-454 Art of Spain
ARH71-494 Modern Architecture
ARH71-544 Italian Renaissance Art
ARH71-514 Rococo to Romanticism
ARH71-524 19th c. Art in Europe and the United States
ARH71-534 Modernism and the 20th c. Avant-Gardes


ENG10-154 British Literature I
ENG10-164 British Literature II
ENG10-604 Topics in Medieval Literature: Medieval Heroes & Monsters
ENG10-614 Topics in Early English Literature
ENG10-624 Shakespeare
ENG10-654 Topics in 18th-Century British Literature
ENG10-664 Topics in Romanticism
ENG10-674 Topics in Victorian Literature and Culture: Slumming
ENG10-684 20th century Women British Writers


FRE11-301, 302, 303, 304 Selected Topics
FRE11-314 Topics in Literature and Film
FRE11-334 French Cinema
FRE11-354 Topics in French Culture
FRE11-514 Studies in French Literature
FRE11-604 Topics in Literature and Culture
FRE11-614 Texts/Contexts


GER12-301, 302, 303, 304 Selected Topics
GER12-314 Reading German: Text in Context
GER12-332 Speak German!
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
GER12-714 Transnational Identity Narratives
GER12-734 Global Leadership and Intercultural Communication


HIS16-204 Early Modern Europe
HIS16-214 Modern Europe
HIS16-344 The Real Game of Thrones
HIS16-354 The Tudors: Politics & Culture, 1485-1603
HIS16-384 History of Human Rights
HIS16-404 Modern France and Empire
HIS16-514 Muslims in Europe
HIS16-524 History of the British Isles since 1688
HIS16-534 Topics in British Culture


MUL80-114 Music Literature I
MUL80-214 Music Literature II
MUL80-314 Music Literature III
MUL80-414 Music Literature IV
MUL80-424 Medieval and Renaissance Music
MUL80-434 Baroque Music
MUL80-444 Classical and Romantic Music
MUL80-454 20th-Century Music


PHI18-614 Ethos, Identities, Differences (Critical Histories)
PHI18-624 Being, Structure, Change (Critical Histories)
PHI18-634 Experience, Language, Knowledge (Critical Histories)
PHI18-644 Peoples, Power, Organization (Critical Histories)

Political Science

PSC32-414 European Politics
PSC32-624 Germany and Japan: Losers of World War II?


SPA15-364 Cultures of Spain
SPA15-404 Selected Topics in Iberian Literature
SPA15-414 Readings in Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literature
SPA15-424 Readings in Contemporary Iberian Literature 
SPA15-444 Iberian Literature Abroad
SPA15-454 Race and Immigration in Spanish Literature
SPA15-464 Spanish Civil War
SPA15-644 Gender, Race and Nationalism in Spanish Cinema