Minor Requirements

Announcing our new Minor in European Studies 

After thoughtful review, the Institute is pleased to announce updated curricular requirements in the Minor in European Studies. The new Minor in European Studies maintains its flexibility while offering students more structured, richer, coursework that will ground their academic experience in European studies. 

Students in the Minor in European Studies will complete the following: 

  • 3.0 credits of EURO “Gateway” courses: Students begin their journey into European studies by taking three of the Institute’s one (1.0) credit gateway courses. These rotating courses investigate Europe through film, geography, diplomacy,  and much more. Gateway courses can be taken at any point during a student’s academic career, but first-years and sophomores are highly encouraged to enroll. 
  • 3.0 credits of advanced European language study: Students in the minor become proficient in a European language by completing coursework at the Intermediate II level or beyond in one of the following languages: French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. 
  • 6.0 credits of MES Electives: Whether you're interested in questions about the European Union or medieval European history, students carve their own path in the minor by taking two, three (3.0) credit elective courses. Browse the over 250 European studies electives available by searching the MESE attribute in class search or NOVO. 
  • 3.0 credits of the Foundational European Studies Seminar, EURO 3300: The foundational European studies seminar is the core of the European studies minor. This writing-intensive seminar invites students to look at a uniquely European event, phenomenon, or scholar through an interdisciplinary lens. This course is offered every fall and is taught by a different, distinguished Europeanist on campus each year. Students are required to take this course in the fall of their junior or sophomore year. 

Requirements for students who declared MES prior to 2021