Frequently Asked Questions About the Minor in European Studies
- Can AP credit count toward electives for the Minor in European Studies?
- Can AP credit count toward the MES language requirement?
- Do internships count toward the minor?
- Does study abroad credit count toward the minor?
- Can I take an MES elective on a pass/fail basis?
- How do longer (year-long) courses taken abroad count toward the minor?
- I think one of my courses should qualify as an MES elective. How can I get this credit approved to count toward the minor?
- Can I take a course in my major discipline that counts toward the minor?
- Can a language course count as an MES elective?
- What is the course number for the MES essay?
- Am I allowed to write my MES essay in a foreign language?
- Can the MES essay be evaluated on a pass/fail grading scale?
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Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies
Minor in European Studies & Nanovic Grant Programs
Office: 1060 Nanovic Hall
Can AP credit count toward electives for the Minor in European Studies?
Yes. The MES program will accept AP credit with scores of 4 or 5 for equivalent electives as determined by the MES advisor. As with courses, AP credit may not double-count. In other words, only previously unapplied AP credit will be accepted; the credit may not have been used toward satisfying the requirements of any other curriculum.
Can AP credit count toward the MES language requirement?
No, a student may not use AP credit to fulfill the semester of a European language course at the Intermediate II or above level that is required for the minor.
Do internships count toward the minor?
No, internships may not count toward any of the MES requirements. Internships vary greatly and cannot be monitored closely enough to ensure uniformity or the application of a standard grading system.
Does study abroad credit count toward the minor?
Yes! The MES program will accept credit earned through study abroad, and there is no limit to the number of MES credit hours that may be fulfilled in this manner. Situations may result in which a student can complete all of his/her MES electives using credit from courses taken abroad.
Can I take an MES elective on a pass/fail basis?
No, courses used to fulfill the requirements of any second major or any minor may not be taken as pass/fail. Students must earn actual letter grades for all MES requirements.
How do longer (year-long) courses completed while abroad count toward the minor?
The MES program generally assumes that one semester-long course equals three credit hours. If a student receives more credit hours for a longer course taken at a foreign university, then the additional credits may be applied toward his/her minor in European Studies, with the approval of the MES advisor and Nanovic Institute directors.
I think one of my courses should qualify as an MES elective. How can I get this credit approved to count toward the minor?
Obtain a copy of the course description and the course syllabus and then contact the MES student coordinator to discuss the course content. The MES student coordinator and the Nanovic Institute directors will use both the established criteria and their best judgments to determine whether the course qualifies. If they deem it satisfactory, the Nanovic Institute will take the necessary steps to add it to the list.
Can I take a course in my major discipline that counts toward the minor?
Yes, as long as it is not being used to also satisfy a requirement of the major. No course may double-count for both a major and the minor.
Can a language course count as an MES elective?
Yes! European language study beyond what is required for the minor in European Studies may be used as an MES elective and may, therefore, count toward fulfilling that portion of the MES curriculum. Generally, these courses should be upper-level courses that require greater familiarity with the language, such as those focusing on literature or advanced grammar study.
What is the course number for the MES essay?
The MES essay is listed as AL 48007. It is listed in the Hours of Instruction course booklet with the other Arts & Letters non-departmental courses. Obtain the current CRN there or by contacting the MES staff at the Nanovic Institute.
Am I allowed to write my MES essay in a foreign language?
Yes. As long as the essay director chosen agrees to read and evaluate the essay in the foreign language, students are permitted to write the essay in a modern European language.
Can the MES essay be evaluated on a pass/fail grading scale?
No. All requirements for the minor in European Studies—including the essay—must be graded with the standard grading system. The essay director will assign an actual letter grade to the final essay, and he/she will then submit this grade to the Nanovic Institute. The director of the Nanovic Institute reviews all grades and submits them to the Office of the Registrar.