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European Studies

The United States has political, economic, and cultural ties with all regions of the world but none of longer standing and, arguably, of more importance than those with Europe. European intellectual and social traditions are the foundation of many aspects of American life. During the past decade, relations between Europe and the United States have begun to evolve and to move in dramatically new directions, challenging us to understand the unique phenomenon that is Europe. The end of the Cold War has broken down the East-West divide, and the European Union promises to alter in significant ways the international landscape of the future.

Currently we offer a minor in European studies which integrates course work from several fields into a broad yet coherent program of study. The minor allows students to engage in a critical examination of European society and the cultural, economic, and political issues of historical and contemporary interest. The program offers a context for DePauw's study-abroad programs located throughout the continent and for those who wish to understand the relationship of Europe to the rest of the world. Many fields, from the humanities to government, business, and scientific research, have increasing interactions with the European Union. The minor in European studies thus contributes to the preparation for a career in a wide variety of professions.

The goal of the program is to produce graduates who have the linguistic competence, the cultural comprehension, and the specialized knowledge to operate effectively on the European scene - either in one of the countries of Europe or within a US-based organization dealing with them.

Course Catalog

Requirements for a minor

European Studies

Total courses required Five
Core courses

A fourth-semester proficiency in a modern Western European language other than English is required. This requirement can be fulfilled by coursework, placement tests, or approved off-campus study programs.

At least two transnational courses focusing on more than one European nation from the following courses:

Art History: 131, 132, 201
Classical Studies: 120
English: 261
History: 111, 112, 113, 339, 342
Philosophy: 213, 216
Political Science: 130, 150 (when applicable), 254

Other required courses

Also required are three elective courses to be selected in consultation with the director of European Studies to form a coherent whole. The electives must include at least two different disciplines. Elective courses generally provide more in-depth study of specific European cultures/nations or time periods. Any university topics course, first-year seminar, senior seminar, or reading course may count towards the minor when appropriate and approved by the European Studies Director.

In addition to the core courses listed above, students may choose their elective courses from the following list of courses:

Art History: 142, 218, 225, 235, 302, 310, 330, 336, 340
Classical Studies: 100
Communication: 213, 214, 314
Economics: 310, 342, 420
English: 281, 282, 360, 361, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369
History: 221, 223, 225, 232, 241, 242, 244, 332, 336, 337, 338
Modern Languages: (when appropriate) 164, 225, 227, 260, 295, 301, 326
French: 316, 318, 320, 327, 401, 420
German: 307, 309, 314, 411
Italian: 270, 375
Portuguese: 280 (when appropriate)
Russian: 324
Spanish: 339, 340, 442
Music: 230, 390 (when appropriate)
Philosophy: 220, 340, 430 (when appropriate)

Number 300 and 400 level courses One