International Studies


The International Studies Program consists of a combination of a major and a concentration. For those interested in Europe, the requirements are:

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.