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 the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and on Boston University Study Abroad programs in Europe. Students study Europe’s cultural heritage; its political, economic, military, and religious histories; its literature, music, film, and philosophy; as well as its emergence and development as a new kind of international form through the European Union.


Students minoring in European Studies select six 4-credit courses from the lists as maintained on the Center for the Study of Europe website, including at least two in the Humanities, at least two in the Social Sciences, and a multidisciplinary capstone course normally taken in the senior year.

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 with advisor permission.

Required Related Language Courses

Students minoring in European Studies must complete five semesters of a European language other than English or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Study Abroad

Study in Europe through Boston University’s Study Abroad and Internship Programs is encouraged.