European Studies

History & Literature’s field of European Studies encourages students to connect nation-states to transnational trends and events in the history and literature of Europe. Students in the European Studies field study themes such as colonization and imperialism, the emergence of national and ethnic literatures, 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.

Of these 8 courses, 4 should focus on the student’s designated topic of study. 

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: