European Studies

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All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

The European Studies Minor

The European Studies minor is for students with strong European interests or who plan to study in Europe through Study Abroad Programs, but also those who seek to complement their major with the study of Europe as a political, cultural, and economic entity. To receive a minor in European Studies, a student must complete seven four-unit courses (twenty-eight units).

(A) Language requirement

ALL minors must demonstrate basic proficiency in a single European language other than English by completing four quarters of language instruction (or equivalent). Students may also complete this requirement by demonstrating advanced language ability on a proficiency exam. Students completing the language requirement through waiver (700 or better on SAT II language, score of 4 or better on AP language), or proficiency exam will fulfill the language component of the minor by completing one of these requirements but no course credit will be applied toward the (seven) courses required for the minor.

Up to TWO four-unit courses in foreign language can be included in the seven courses required for the minor. These may be lower-division courses.

(B) Additional course requirements

  1. The remaining five to seven courses (depending on the number of language courses applied to the minor) must include at least three courses on Europe as a whole including one course in each of the two broad tracks.
    1. Economics and Politics
    2. Culture and Society

    (See course listings for each track.)

  2. At least one of the track courses should be in the Department of History.
  3. No more than three courses in any one department.
  4. All courses applied to the minor must receive a letter grade of C– or better.
  5. Upper-division courses may include up to two 198 and 199 courses and up to three courses from Study Abroad Programs with the approval of the program director.
  6. Minors in European Studies are encouraged to study abroad in Europe. Students should consult with the program director before going abroad to determine which courses will be approved for minor credit.

Courses preceded by an asterisk are able to be petitioned for credit toward the minor as content warrants.

Economics and Politics


COMM 104E. Comparative Media Systems: Europe


HIEU 109. Blood, Soil, Boundaries: Nationalism in Europe

HIEU 128. Europe Since 1945

HIEU 141. European Diplomatic History, 1870–1945

HIEU 146. Fascism, Communism, and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy: Europe 1919–1945


PHIL 166. Classics in Political Philosophy

PHIL 167. Contemporary Political Philosophy

Political Science

POLI 110A. Citizens and Saints: Political Thought from Plato to Augustine

POLI 110B. Sovereigns, Subjects, and the Modern State: Political Thought from Machiavelli to Rousseau

POLI 110C. Revolution and Reaction: Political Thought from Kant to Nietzsche

POLI 110DA. Freedom and Discipline: Political Thought in the Twentieth Century

POLI 120A. Political Development of Western Europe

POLI 126AA. Fundamentals of Political Economy: Modern Capitalism

POLI 126AB. Politics and Economics in Eastern Europe


SOCI 177. International Terrorism

Culture and Society


HIEU 110. The Rise of Europe

HIEU 111. Europe in the Middle Ages

HIEU 125. Reformation Europe

HIEU 130. Europe in the Eighteenth Century

HIEU 136B. European Society and Social Thought, 1870–1989

HIEU 142. European Intellectual History, 1780–1870

HIEU 143. European Intellectual History, 1870–1945

HIEU 163/263. Special Topics in Medieval History

HIEU 171/271. Special Topics in Twentieth-Century Europe

HIEU 174/274. The Holocaust: A Psychological Approach

HISC 106. The Scientific Revolution

HISC 107. The Emergence of Modern Science


*LIGN 141. Language Structures

*LIGN 150. Historical Linguistics


LTEU 139. Marx/Nietzsche/Freud

LTTH 115. Introduction to Critical Theory


MUS 4. Introduction to Western Music

MUS 112. Topics in European Music Before 1750

MUS 113. Topics in Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music

*MUS 114. Music of the Twentieth Century

*MUS 115. Women in Music

MUS 120A-B-C. Survey of Music History and Literature


PHIL 13. Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics

PHIL 14. Introduction to Philosophy: The Nature of Reality

PHIL 15. Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Its Limits

PHIL 31. Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 32. Philosophy and the Rise of Modern Science

PHIL 33. Philosophy between Reason and Despair

PHIL 102. Hellenistic Philosophy

PHIL 105. Topics in Early Modern Philosophy

PHIL 108. Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

*PHIL 145. Philosophy of Science

*PHIL 146. Philosophy of Physics

PHIL 161. Topics in the History of Ethics

*PHIL 169. Feminism and Philosophy

*PHIL 170. Philosophy and Race

PHIL 175. Aesthetics

*PHIL 177. Philosophy and Literature

PHIL 180. Phenomenology

PHIL 181. Existentialism

PHIL 183. Topics in Continental Philosophy

Religion, Study of

*RELI 131. Topics in Religion and Sexuality

*RELI 132. Topics in Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy

*RELI 141. Public Sphere and Religion

*RELI 142. Secularization and Religion

*RELI 188. Special Topics in Religion

*RELI 189. Seminar in Religion


SOCI 20. Social Change in the Modern World

SOCI 100. Classical Sociological Theory

SOCI 106. Comparative and Historical Methods

SOCI 106M. Holocaust Diaries

SOCI 178. The Holocaust

Theatre and Dance

*TDHT 101/201. Topics in Dramatic Literature and Theatre History

Visual Arts

VIS 20. Introduction to Art History

VIS 22. Formations of Modern Art

VIS 84. History of Film

VIS 113AN. History of Criticism I: Early Modern

VIS 113BN. History of Criticism II: Early Twentieth Century (1900–1950)

VIS 113CN. History of Criticism III: Contemporary (1950–Present)

VIS 120C. Late Antique Art

VIS 121AN. Art and Experience in the Middle Ages

VIS 121B. Church and Mosque: Medieval Art and Architecture between Christianity and Islam

VIS 121C. Art and Bible in the Middle Ages: Sign and Design

VIS 122AN. Renaissance Art

VIS 122CN. Leonardo da Vinci in Context

VIS 125A. Twentieth-Century Art

*VIS 151. History of the Experimental Film

*VIS 158. Histories of Photography