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European Studies Minor

European Studies Minor

Students from any college may choose an undergraduate minor in European studies. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum that you can mold to your interests, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Europe’s past, present, and future and demonstrate a knowledge of European languages, culture, history, politics, and international relations.

The minor offers the chance to take courses across colleges on subjects that shape your understanding of a globalizing world, while also providing you with an area of expertise. You will gain critical thinking skills, language abilities, and helpful frameworks for assessing today’s most pressing issues in Europe and around the world.

Email IES to find out more and enroll in the European studies minor.

IES minors Sophie Partington ’21 and Laura DeMassa ’21 at Eiffel tower

IES Minor Sets Students on International Research Path

European Studies Minors Sophie Partington ’21 and Laura DeMassa ’21 conducted fieldwork in France at NGOs serving migrant and refugee populations.
Sandro Gozi seated in European Parliament

European Studies Minor Interviews Sandro Gozi

Mason Woods ’20 spoke with Gozi, Italian member of the European Parliament, during IES's year-end virtual symposium.

Minor Requirements

The requirements for the minor range from five to seven courses depending on the level of language proficiency already achieved:

  1. Completion of the minor’s core course - GOVT 2553: Inside Europe, which is an introduction to contemporary political, social, and economic issues facing Europe.
  2. Competency in a European Language - Competence can be demonstrated by completing a third-semester course (even if you have tested out of the first two) or by being a native speaker of a European language (although native speakers will have to substitute one additional course to reach the minimum five-course requirement).
  3. Completion of 3 courses - one in each of the following areas:
    • Courses in European and comparative politics; options include  GOVT 3323 (Cornell in Turin Program) and a range of courses offered in government, sociology, and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
    • Courses in modern European history (post-1789).
    • Courses in (post-1789) English and European literature, comparative literature, semiotics, FGSS, fine arts, architecture, music, philosophy, and film and theatre arts.
Under certain conditions, you may be permitted to substitute courses. The general threshold for a qualifying course requires that a minimum of 50% of the content is focused on the study of Europe. 
Students interested in conducting research in Europe may apply for the Frederic Conger Wood or Susan R. Tarrow Undergraduate Research Fellowship in their junior year. Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences can major in European Studies through the independent major or the College Scholar Program.