European Studies

Nathalie Hester, Program Director
175 Prince Lucien Campbell Hall
5206 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-5206

European studies offers an interdisciplinary minor for undergraduates in any major or professional school discipline. The program is designed for students who seek to enhance work in the major with a broad and comparative knowledge of Europe. The minor designates a student’s special expertise in the subject as having acquired a knowledge of Europe beyond that of a single discipline or that concentrated on one country or part of Europe.

The program combines a small number of required core courses that address cross-national topics over a broad sweep of time. Elective courses, chosen by the student with the advice of a member of the European Studies Committee, ensure some diversity beyond the field of the student’s major.

European Studies Affiliated Faculty

Sonja Boos, German and Scandinavian

Cory Browning, Romance Languages

Patricia Dewey Lambert, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Alexander Dracobly, History

Evlyn Gould, Romance Languages

D. Gantt Gurley, German and Scandinavian

Gina Herrmann, Romance Languages

Nathalie Hester, Romance Languages (chair)

Katya Hokanson, Comparative Literature

Martin Klebes, German and Scandinavian

Peter D. Laufer, Journalism and Communication

Jeffrey S. Librett, German and Scandinavian

David M. Luebke, History

Scott R. Maier, Journalism and Communication

Ian F. McNeely, History

Fabienne Moore, Romance Languages

Alexander B. Murphy, Geography

Craig Parsons, Political Science

Jenifer Presto, Comparative Literature

Sergio Rigoletto, Cinema Studies, Romance Languages

George J. Sheridan Jr., History

Michael Stern, German and Scandinavian 

Matthias Vogel, German and Scandinavian

Undergraduate Studies

Minor in European Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences administers an undergraduate minor in European studies, overseen by the program committee.

To earn a minor, a student must complete 24 credits in addition to a paper or project on a European topic and two to three years of a European language other than English, as described below. Of the 24 credits of core and elective courses, a minimum of 16 credits must be upper division. Courses taken to fulfill the language requirement may not be used to fulfill the 24-credit requirement. 

The courses that satisfy the minor are distributed as follows: two core courses, four elective courses, and two to three years of a European foreign language. Core and elective courses applied to the minor must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of C– or better.

Core Courses 1
GEOG 202Geography of Europe4
HIST 420The Idea of Europe 24
or RL 407 Seminar: [Topic]
Electives 1
Two humanities courses 38
Two social science courses 38
Foreign Language Requirement
Two to three years of a European foreign language 4
Total Credits24

Students seeking to qualify for a minor should, as early as possible, consult the program director, who will assign the student an advisor. Developing the plan for elective courses with the advisor’s help ensures that the courses selected satisfy the minor requirements.

No later than two terms before graduation, the student must notify the advisor of intent to graduate for verification of European studies course work and transcript evaluation. The student must also indicate the European studies minor on the application for graduation. Students must complete major requirements for an undergraduate degree in another department or school of the university.

Significant Paper or Project

A research paper on a topic appropriate to the student’s interests is the final requirement. Many EURO minors complete this requirement in the Idea of Europe seminar. For students majoring in disciplines such as music, theater, or the fine arts, a project that draws on these crafts may be substituted for the research paper. The paper or project requirement may be satisfied by work done in the student’s major, such as a seminar paper, as long as the content of the paper or project is focused primarily on Europe. The requirement may also be satisfied by a paper done for any of the courses listed below. Students who want to satisfy the requirement in this way must notify the instructor of their intention at the outset of the term so that the instructor can evaluate the paper with this intent in mind. The requirement may also be satisfied by a research paper done under the supervision of a professor in any field for 3 graded credits, such as a paper for Thesis (403). The instructor’s agreement to supervise must be obtained in advance, and the 403 subject code may be either in that instructor’s department or Thesis (EURO 403).


Course usage information

EURO 399. Special Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.


Course usage information

EURO 403. Thesis. 1-9 Credits.


Course usage information

EURO 405. Reading and Conference: [Topic]. 1-6 Credits.


Course usage information

EURO 407. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-6 Credits.


Course usage information

EURO 410. Experimental Course: [Topic]. 1-6 Credits.


Course usage information

EURO 415. European Union History. 4 Credits.

History, institutions, and policy landmarks of European integration since the end of World War II. Introduction to documents and research on history of European communities.