European Studies

History & Literature’s field of European Studies gives students the opportunity to to examine the history and literature of Europe in a global context. The field encourages students to connect nation-states to trans-European trends and events, including the French Revolution, European colonialism, the October Revolution, the two World Wars, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the creation of the European Union. It introduces them to the study of such themes and issues as the consolidation and standardization of national languages, the emergence of national and ethnic literatures, the development of certain literary genres and literary criticism, the rise of “modern” aesthetics in art and philosophy, transnational emigration and immigration, movements of labor and capital, the rights and representations of minorities, and the negotiation and representation of ethnic and cultural difference.

In addition to the requirements for all concentrators (5 tutorials and 1 foreign literature course), students in the field of European Studies complete the following requirements:

  • 1 survey of European history (the course should cover at least 100 years);
  • 2 courses (1 history and 1 literature) that explore transnational or multiethnic topics;
  • 5 elective courses, balanced between history and literature.

Browse our list of Courses That Count for European Studies, and use the European Studies Field Worksheet to plot your course of study. 

The following sample field worksheets illustrate how students in the field of European Studies have used the distribution requirements to create individualized plans of study on topics such as: