Minor in European Studies

The minor in European Studies, offered by the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, is available to students enrolled in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges.

Boston University’s European Studies Program combines a unifying regional focus with a multidisciplinary approach, enabling students to bring together courses that develop their language skills; social, historical, and cultural knowledge; and political, economic, and international relations expertise. The six-course interdisciplinary minor draws on the resources of 13 College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) departments and on Boston University Study Abroad programs in England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. Students study Europe’s cultural heritage; its political, economic, military, and religious histories; its literature, music, film, and philosophy; as well as its recent emergence as a new kind of international form through the European Union.


Students minoring in European Studies select six principal 4-credit courses from three tracks:

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

Six Principal Courses

  • two courses from one track
  • two courses from another track
  • one course from the remaining track
  • a multidisciplinary capstone course, usually taken in the senior year

Refer to the BA in European Studies portion of this bulletin for a listing of each track’s acceptable courses.

A grade of C or higher must be obtained in all courses. No more than three of the courses applied toward the minor may focus on a single country. Two courses from the Middle Ages and early modern period may substitute in any track, with advisor permission.

Required Related Language Courses

Students minoring in European Studies must be reasonably proficient (five semesters or equivalent) in a European language other than English.

Study Abroad

Study in Europe through Boston University’s Study Abroad and Internship Programs in England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland is encouraged.