BA in European Studies

Requirements

Students majoring in European Studies specialize in one of three tracks (see below for each track’s course listings):

  • Track 1: European Arts and Literature
  • Track 2: European History, Philosophy, and Religion
  • Track 3: European Politics and Society

Ten Principal Courses

  • Five courses, covering at least two countries, in the track of specialization
  • Two courses from each of the two remaining tracks (total of four courses)
  • A multidisciplinary capstone course, usually taken in the senior year

Ten separate and distinct courses with a grade of C or higher are required for a major in European studies. Three of these ten principal courses must be at an advanced level (400 or above). No more than five of the courses may be in a single discipline. Although the focus of the European studies major is on the modern and contemporary period (eighteenth–twenty-first centuries), students, with their advisor’s permission, may choose to substitute up to two courses from the Middle Ages through the seventeenth century.

A minimum of five courses for the major must be taken in the College of Arts & Sciences (Charles River Campus). With advisor approval, up to five courses taken in Europe, with the exception of internships, may be applied toward requirements for the major.

Required Related Language Courses

Knowledge (written and spoken) of a European language other than English through at least the sixth-semester level is required of all European studies majors. This requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of language courses numbered 304 or higher in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or Russian (or their equivalents abroad) or demonstration of equivalent proficiency in another European language.

Required Complementary Minor or Second Major

All students majoring in European studies are required to complete at least a minor, and are encouraged to complete a second major, in a related humanities or social sciences discipline, from among the following:

  • English
  • History
  • History of Art & Architecture
  • International Relations
  • Modern Languages & Comparative Literature (Comparative Literature, German, Russian)
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Romance Studies (French, Italian, Spanish)
  • Sociology

Double majoring in a complementary humanities or social science discipline, while not required, is encouraged and can be accomplished in four years with careful planning.

Study Abroad

A wealth of annual course offerings in 13 CAS departments makes it possible to complete all requirements for the European studies major without leaving Boston. However, the major is designed to accommodate and encourage study in Europe through Boston University’s Study Abroad programs in England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.

Tracks and Courses

(see department listings for full descriptions)

1. European Arts and Literature

  • CAS AH 287 The Nineteenth Century
  • CAS AH 295 History of Photography
  • CAS AH 380 Romanticism in Europe
  • CAS AH 382 Nineteenth Century Architecture
  • CAS AH 391 Twentieth Century Art to 1940
  • CAS AH 392 Twentieth Century Art: 1940-1980
  • CAS AH 393 Contemporary Art
  • CAS AH 398 Twentieth Century Architecture
  • CAS AH 482 Seminar in Nineteenth Century European Art
  • CAS AH 540 Europe and the Islamic World
  • CAS AH 583 English Country House and American Cottages
  • CAS AH 595 English Country House
  • CAS CC 202 Core Humanities IV: From the Enlightenment to Modernity
  • CAS EN 323 British Literature Survey II
  • CAS EN 355, 356 Modern Drama I and II
  • CAS EN 530 Literature of the Romantic Age II
  • CAS EN 531 Victorian Age I
  • CAS EN 532 Victorian Age II
  • CAS EN 535 Twentieth Century British and Irish Poetry
  • CAS EN 543 Nineteenth Century British Novel
  • CAS EN 544 Modern British Novel
  • CAS EN 568 Studies in British Literature (variable topics)
  • CAS EN 570 Studies in British Literary Movements (variable topics)
  • CAS EN 578 Studies in British Writers (variable topics)
  • CAS EN 589 Nineteenth Century Transatlantic Fiction
  • CAS LF 350 Introduction to the Analysis of French Texts
  • CAS LF 351 Introduction to the French Novel
  • CAS LF 356 Le Cinéma Français
  • CAS LF 453 The French Enlightenment
  • CAS LF 455 Studies in Nineteenth Century French Literature
  • CAS LF 460 Twentieth Century French Literature II
  • CAS LF 475 Senior Seminar in French Literature
  • CAS LF 550 Studies in Eighteenth Century French Literature
  • CAS LF 551 Modern French Theatre
  • CAS LF 554 Émile Zola and Naturalism
  • CAS LF 555 The Epistolary Novel
  • CAS LF 556 French Cinema and Literature
  • CAS LF 558 Colonial Fictions: Modern French Writing and the Colonies
  • CAS LF 570 Topics in Twentieth Century French Literature
  • CAS LF 571 Topics in Nineteenth Century French Literature
  • CAS LG 250 Masterpieces of German Literature
  • CAS LG 280 Topics in German Ideas and Authors
  • CAS LG 282 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
  • CAS LG 283 The Faust Tradition
  • CAS LG 325 German History and Culture Through Film
  • CAS LG 340 Topics in German Civilization
  • CAS LG 350 Introduction to German Literature
  • CAS LG 387 Weimar Cinema (taught in English)
  • CAS LG 450 Origins of German Culture
  • CAS LG 452 The Age of Reason and Revolution
  • CAS LG 453 Romanticism
  • CAS LG 454 Nineteenth Century German Literature
  • CAS LG 455 Early Twentieth Century German Literature
  • CAS LG 456 German Literature and Culture Since 1945
  • CAS LG 461 German Poetry
  • CAS LI 283 Twentieth Century Culture and the Italian Film
  • CAS LI 288 The Novel in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Italy
  • CAS LI 352 Italian Literature III: Modern Period
  • CAS LI 450 The Novel in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Italy
  • CAS LI 451 Themes and Currents in Twentieth Century Italian Poetry
  • CAS LI 453 Autobiography and the Confessional Novel
  • CAS LI 459/RN 459 Primo Levi Within Holocaust Literature
  • CAS LI 473 The Masters of Italian Cinema
  • CAS LI 590 Topics in Modern Italian Literature and Criticism
  • CAS LR 250 Masterpieces of Russian Prose (in English translation)
  • CAS LR 280 Dostoyevsky (in English translation)
  • CAS LR 281 Tolstoy (in English translation)
  • CAS LR 282 Russian Prose Classics of the Twentieth Century (in English translation)
  • CAS LR 285 Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky (in English translation)
  • CAS LR 350 Introduction to Analysis of Russian Prose Texts
  • CAS LR 441 Contemporary Russian Press
  • CAS LR 442 Russian Media
  • CAS LR 443 Contemporary Russian Culture
  • CAS LR 455 Chekhov
  • CAS LR 456 Topics in Twentieth Century Russian Literature
  • CAS LS 350 Introduction to Analysis of Hispanic Texts
  • CAS LS 454 Survey of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Spanish Literature
  • CAS LS 504 History of the Spanish Language
  • CAS LS 552 Lorca and his Contemporaries
  • CAS LS 559 The Spanish Civil War in Literature
  • CAS LS 561 The Generation of 1898
  • CAS LS 564 Spanish Realism
  • CAS LS 566 Spanish Romanticism
  • CAS LS 574 Literature and Politics in Post-Franco Spain
  • CAS LS 575 Peninsular Literature
  • CAS XL 222 Introduction to Comparative Literature: Western Literature
  • CAS XL 281 Holocaust Literature and Film
  • CAS XL 351 Faust Tradition
  • CAS XL 381 Dante’s Hell
  • CAS XL 520 Theory of the European Novel
  • CAS XL 540 Literary Translation
  • CFA MU 222/24 Survey of Western Music from 1750 to the Present
  • CAS MU 229 Masterpieces of Opera
  • CAS MU 230 Mozart
  • CFA MU 240 Beethoven
  • CFA MU 324/334 Music in the Classical Period
  • CFA MU 325/335 Romantic Music
  • CFA MU 326/336 Music After 1900

The following variable topics courses in literature and the arts may sometimes be credited toward the European studies major, but only, with advisor approval, when the topic is developed through central focus on European works, contexts, issues, movements, and engagements:

  • CAS AH 421 Seminar: Modern Architecture
  • CAS AH 495 Seminar: Twentieth Century Art
  • CAS AH 494 Seminar: History of Photography
  • CAS AH 497 Seminar: Contemporary Art
  • CAS AH 520 The Museum and Historical Agency
  • CAS AH 585 Twentieth Century Architecture and Urbanism
  • CAS EN 379 Fictional Forms: Gothic Monsters and Myths
  • CAS EN 573/574 Studies in Literary Genres
  • CAS EN 575/576 Studies in Literature and Gender
  • CAS EN 582 Studies in Modern Literature
  • CAS EN 583/584 Studies in Literature and Ethnicity
  • CAS EN 586 Studies in Anglophone Literature
  • CAS EN 590 Studies in Comparative Literature
  • CAS EN 591/592 Studies in Literature and Society
  • CAS EN 593/594 Studies in Literature and the Arts
  • CAS EN 595/596 Studies in Literary Topics
  • CAS EN 598 Studies in Contemporary Literature
  • CAS LF 569 Topics in Francophone Writing
  • CAS LS 579 Topics in Hispanic Cinemas
  • CAS XL 310 Classical and Modern Literature
  • CAS XL 381 Topics in Gender and Literature
  • CAS XL 430 Topics in Literary Influence
  • CAS XL 556 Topics in Literature and Criticism
  • CFA MU 327/337 Selected Topics in Music History
  • CFA MU 344/354 Interdisciplinary Topics in Music History

2. European History, Philosophy, and Religion

  • AN 316 Contemporary European Ethnography (Area)
  • AN 515 Authenticity and Identity
  • CAS CC 203 Core Social Science I Foundations of the Social Sciences
  • CAS HI 215/PO 393 The European Enlightenment
  • CAS HI 217 History of Europe, 1815–1914
  • CAS HI 220 The Culture of World War I
  • CAS HI 221 Catastrophe and Cultural Memory
  • CAS HI 223 Nineteenth Century European Intellectual History
  • CAS HI 224 Twentieth Century European Intellectual History
  • CAS HI 226 European Cities and Cultures
  • CAS HI 247 The Making of Modern Britain
  • CAS HI 248 Twentieth Century Britain
  • CAS HI 254 History of Ireland
  • CAS HI 266 French Revolution and Napoleon
  • CAS HI 272 History of Russia, 1689–1917
  • CAS HI 273 History of the Soviet Union
  • CAS HI 274 Issues in Modern Russian and Soviet History, 1861–1956
  • CAS HI 275 History of the Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • CAS HI 360/AA 380 Blacks in Modern Europe
  • CAS HI 417 England from Reformation to Revolution
  • CAS HI 424 European Socialism, 1789–1989
  • CAS HI 434 Culture and Society in Modern Britain
  • CAS HI 440 Refugee Intellectuals (1933–1950)
  • CAS LF 453 The French Enlightenment
  • CAS LG 282 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
  • CAS PH 248 Existentialism
  • CAS PH 310 History of Modern Philosophy
  • CAS PH 410 Continental Rationalism
  • CAS PH 411 British Empiricism
  • CAS PH 412 Philosophy of the Enlightenment
  • CAS PH 413 Kant
  • CAS PH 415 Nineteenth Century European Philosophy
  • CAS PH 416 Hegel
  • CAS PH 418 Marx and Marxism
  • CAS PH 419 Nietzsche
  • CAS PH 423 History of the Vienna Circle
  • CAS PH 424 Wittgenstein
  • CAS PH 426 Phenomenology
  • CAS PH 427 Heidegger and Existential Philosophy
  • CAS PH 453 Theories of Political Society
  • CAS RN 328 Judaism in the Modern Period
  • CAS RN 329 Modern Jewish Thought
  • CAS RN 344 Islam and the West
  • CAS RN 374 The Church and the Jews
  • CAS RN 384 The Holocaust
  • CAS RN 470 Christian, Muslim, and Jew: Religion, Community, and Culture in Medieval Spain
  • CAS RN 577/78/83/84 Literature of Memory III–VI

3. European Politics and Society

  • CAS HI 208: Renaissance Europe
  • CAS HI 209: Christendom Divided
  • CAS HI 210: Europe Between Renaissance and Revolution
  • CAS HI 212: Early Modern Europe
  • CAS HI 215/PO 395 The European Enlightenment
  • CAS HI 216: The Second Sex in European History
  • CAS HI 218 Contemporary European History
  • CAS HI 221 Catastrophe and Cultural Memory
  • CAS HI 223 Nineteenth Century European Intellectual History
  • CAS HI 224 Twentieth Century European Intellectual History
  • CAS HI 247 The Making of Modern Britain
  • CAS HI 248 Twentieth Century Britain
  • CAS HI 266 French Revolution and Napoleon
  • CAS HI 270 Modern Germany
  • CAS HI 272 History of Russia, 1689–1917
  • CAS HI 273 History of the Soviet Union
  • CAS HI 274 Issues in Modern Russian and Soviet History, 1861–1956
  • CAS HI 275 History of the Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • CAS HI 340 History of Modern Diplomacy
  • CAS HI 360/AA 380 Blacks in Modern Europe
  • CAS HI 414: Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • CAS HI 417 England from Reformation to Revolution
  • CAS HI 425: Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe
  • CAS HI 426 Music and Ideas from Mozart to the Jazz Age
  • CAS HI 430 Comparative European Fascism
  • CAS HI 434 CAS HI 434 Monarchy in Modern Britain
  • CAS HI 435 Histories of Human Rights
  • CAS HI/IR 436 The Great War and the Fragile Peace
  • CAS HI 440 Refugee Intellectuals (1933–1950)
  • CAS HI 443 Jews and Germans
  • CAS HI 446 The Russian Revolution
  • CAS HI 537 World War II: Causes, Course, Consequences
  • CAS IR 250/PO 382 Europe and International Relations
  • CAS IR 325/HI 229 The Great Powers and the Eastern Mediterranean
  • CAS IR 341/HI 278 Central Europe
  • CAS IR 363/PO 363 Soviet Politics
  • CAS IR 364/PO 364 The Politics of Post-Communist Russia
  • CAS IR 375/PO 375 Introduction to Russian and Post-Soviet Foreign Relations
  • CAS IR 536/GE 536 European Environmental Policy
  • CAS IR/HI 538 France, Europe, and the World
  • CAS IR 539 State-Formation and Nation-Building in Southeastern Europe
  • CAS IR 541 Russia’s International Policies I
  • CAS IR 542/ PO 556 The Reemergence of Russia
  • CAS IR 543/PO 557 The Changing Face of Eastern Europe
  • CAS IR 545 Central/East European Diplomatic History
  • CAS IR 549/PO 545 Politics and International Relations of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • CAS IR 550/PO 525 European Integration
  • CAS IR 551/PO 528 Social Europe
  • CAS IR 552/PO 529 Nordic Europe
  • CAS IR 558/PO 588 Turkey and the European Union
  • CAS IR 589 North Atlantic/European Security Issues
  • CAS IR 596/PO 538 Globalization and Contemporary Capitalism in Advanced Industrialized Societies
  • CAS LF 340 French Civilization Through Film
  • CAS LF 341 Topics in Contemporary French Culture
  • CAS LG 325 Modern German History and Culture Through Film
  • CAS LG 340 Topics in German Civilization
  • CAS LI 340 Culture and Civilization in Italy
  • CAS LI 349 Social, Political, and Cultural Life of Today’s Italy
  • CAS LI 540 Topics in Modern Italian Culture
  • CAS LR 441 Contemporary Russian Press
  • CAS LR 443 Contemporary Russian Culture
  • CAS PH 453 Theories of Political Society
  • CAS PO 341/IR 340 Comparative Public Policy
  • CAS PO 360/IR 359 British Political Institutions
  • CAS PO 361/IR 362 European Politics
  • CAS PO 392 Modern Political Theory
  • CAS PO 537/IR 537 The British Political System
  • CAS PO 554 Comparative Political Party Systems of Europe
  • CAS PO 661 Seminar: Continental Western European Governments
  • CAS SO 203 Introduction to Sociological Theories
  • CAS SO 246 Sociology of Market Transitions
  • CAS SO 324 Soviet and Post-Soviet Societies
  • KHC HI 102: The Culture of World War I


4. Capstone Courses

  • CAS AH 585 Twentieth Century Architecture and Urbanism
  • CAS IR 452/PO 539 Topics in European Culture and Politics
  • CAS HI 426 Music and Ideas from Mozart to the Jazz Age
  • LAW JD 880 European Union Law (3 cr)

Note: Courses not listed above may fulfill European Studies Program requirements with prior approval from the program director.