European Studies

In addition to the European Studies (EURO ST) course offerings and quarterly approved courses, please check the list of General Approved Courses that may be taken for the emphases in the European Studies major.


European Studies courses and non-Humanities courses approved for European Studies emphases this quarter

Fall Quarter (F21)

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This course serves as an introduction to central aspects of European culture and politics from the Enlightenment to today. Since the French Revolution, politics of terror and predictions of doom accompanied in Europe promises of social, economic, national, and cultural redemption. Revolutionaries carried out acts of terror in the name of bourgeois democracy, anarchism, fascism, and communism. This course provides a wide-ranging introduction to competing theories and approaches in the humanities and social sciences that seek to understand the political and cultural context of several such decisive moments and revolutionary movements in European history and society. Next to exploring aspects of the French Reign of Terror, the Russian Revolution, Nazi Germany, and the eastern European Revolutions that brought an end to the Soviet Empire, this course focuses on radical movements in European art, literature and film. This course focuses in its second half on contemporary European issues: the founding and expansion of the European Union (a redemptive culmination of European history?), the rise of nationalist populist movements (the demise of the EU?), debates on global warming, and Europe’s re-emergence from the global pandemic. (GE III or IV; VIII. Lectures in English)
Days: TU TH  09:30-10:50 AM


In this course, we will consider the past, present, and future of social justice issues as they have arisen in Europe in the twentieth century. We will discuss, among other things, the idea of equality through the welfare state, women’s (voting) rights and gender-based issues, European border regimes and the refugee crisis as a human rights and integration problem, the “Fridays for Future” movement and the European response to climate change, Islamophobia, Europe’s colonial legacy and its impact on both minorities such as Romani people and Black Europeans, as well as debates about public culture, such as how to deal with looted artifacts in Europe’s art collections and museums. After getting an overview of the various issues, we will read and analyze activist and artistic reactions in the form of literary texts, happenings, comics, films, and museum exhibits. The goal of the course is to build both knowledge in European cultural and political history, become more fluent in cultural analysis via writing and discussions, and build an awareness of social justice issues, their artistic treatment, and activist responses in various European countries. 

Days: TU TH  02:00-03:20 PM

Other Humanities courses approved for European Studies emphases this quarter

Fall Quarter (F21)

Dept/Description Course No., Title  Instructor

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