The B.A. in European Studies blends the humanities and the social sciences. Offered jointly by the Departments of Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, and Political Science, this interdisciplinary major combines language training with courses in history, politics, and literature. Accordingly, it offers students a comprehensive knowledge of a particular European country and culture (e.g. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia) within a broader European context. Elective courses can be taken in art history, philosophy, music, or any other subject germane to the students' chosen focus. Students are guided in designing a curriculum that will strengthen knowledge of both their target area and Europe as a whole. They are also encouraged to study abroad in Europe on a winter session or semester program.
The European Studies major provides students with skills they will need in endeavors such as graduate school, careers in government or other international agencies, international law, or commercial enterprises with an international orientation.