Today’s world has been shaped by Europe. In fact, the study of Europe is growing even more important as globalization intensifies and the world becomes increasingly interdependent. Meanwhile, the expanding European Union has emerged as an influential player in international diplomacy and business and represents Europe’s future in the 21st century.
European Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to familiarize students with the politics, history, language and culture of this diverse continent. European Studies can be pursued as part of a double or triple major, as a minor, or as a certificate program. The major and minors are intended to supplement students’ majors in more traditional academic disciplines, as well as provide a “home” for courses taken while studying abroad in Europe.
European Studies helps students build their resumes when added to majors in international relations, political science, history, foreign language, fine arts, English or international business. The European Studies Program encourages students to develop fluency in a modern European foreign language and to study abroad in Europe. By guiding students in their course selection and encouraging them to develop valuable skills and experiences, European Studies helps prepare students for graduate school, apply for fellowships, such as the Fulbright Scholarship, and enter careers in international law, business, diplomacy or teaching.
Internships opportunities are available locally with non-profits such as the International Institute and Atlantic Corridor U.S.A. as well as with businesses in Germany, members of Parliament in London and the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland.
Study abroad experiences are an integral part of the European studies major. Semester-long programs are available in France, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland and Belgium. Some study abroad programs offer not only conventional course work but internship opportunities as well. For more information, visit the Office of International Student Programs Website.
European studies majors build leadership skills and meet other students from around the world by participating in EuroSim, an annual intercollegiate European Union simulation that is held alternately in the United States and a European nation. The conference brings together more than 200 students from dozens of colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. Each conference has a specific theme related to current events, which helps students deepen their knowledge of the European Union and hone their negotiating and public speaking skills.
Students may also enjoy an international living experience at Campion Hall, a residence for American and international students.