Curriculum in Contemporary European Studies

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The Curriculum in Contemporary European Studies is designed to provide students with 1) a broad interdisciplinary understanding of modern Europe and the European Union; 2) a focused understanding of contemporary Europe from the perspective of a selected social science discipline; and 3) advanced proficiency in a modern European language. Students are especially encouraged to combine the major with a second major in a noninterdisciplinary field such as political science, economics, or history. Through its unique combination of advanced coursework and language training, the curriculum provides the intellectual building blocks to study contemporary Europe through a sophisticated framework. Students completing the major will be well prepared for graduate or professional study of contemporary Europe and for a range of international careers.

Contemporary European Studies Major, B.A.

Core Requirements

Of the total eight courses required for the major, three must be numbered 400 or above

Theme I. Contemporary Europe: Integration and Enlargement

ECON 461, 560; ECON/EURO/PWAD 460; EURO/POLI 442; GEOG 464; POLI 190*, 232, 236, 433, 438, 490*, 630, 631, 632; POLI/PWAD/RUES 469; POLI/PWAD/RUES/SOCI 260

Theme II. Contemporary Europe: Histories and Cultures

ANTH 377; ASIA 452, 490*; CMPL 270/GERM 270/JWST 239/RELI 239; EURO/SPAN 362; FREN 331, 377, 383, 504; GERM 349; GERM/HIST/POLI/SOCI 257; HIST 260, 390H*, 398*, 490*; HIST/JWST/PWAD 262; HIST/WMST 259; ITAL 343; PWAD/SLAV 467; SPAN 340

Elective Courses on Contemporary Europe

ANTH 449; ARTH 283; CMPL 375, 385, 466, 468; CMPL/EURO/FREN 332H; CMPL 374/WMST 373; DRAM 289; ECON 434; ENGL/PWAD 659; FREN 372, 373, 388, 398*; GERM 255, 275, 280, 350, 381, 382, 390*; GERM/PWAD 283; GERM/SLAV 251; GERM/WMST 250; HIST 466; HUNG 280; ITAL 242, 331, 333, 335, 382, 398*; JWST/PLSH 412; MUSC 253, 284, 285; PHIL 224, 229, 494; POLI 432, 472; ROML 500; SLAV 101

New courses may be added to this list annually, as they are developed. An updated list of approved courses may be obtained from the contemporary European studies Web site ( Other courses relevant to the study of contemporary Europe may be taken for credit in the major, if approved by the curriculum advisor.

Additional Requirements

Contemporary European studies majors are required to complete a minimum of five semesters of a modern European language, or document fifth-semester proficiency through university placement tests. One approved literature course taught in the language may also count as a theme or elective course if included in the course listings above. Majors are strongly encouraged to apply their language proficiency skills in languages across the curriculum (LAC) courses and complete a UNC-approved study abroad program in the target language.

The Curriculum in Contemporary European Studies does not offer an honors program. Students who wish to pursue an honors thesis are advised to do so in association with a double major in another department or curriculum.


In addition to the guidance provided by the primary academic advisors in Steele Building, contemporary European studies majors receive individualized advising at all stages of academic planning, including considering courses, internships, study abroad options, graduate programs, and career paths. Students interested in pursuing a major in contemporary European studies are encouraged to meet with the curriculum advisor as early as possible in their undergraduate career to design a comprehensive and efficient course plan and take full advantage of study abroad and other international education opportunities. Consult the curriculum Web site for further information on courses, funding awards, and campus resources.

Special Opportunities in Contemporary European Studies

Students may be interested in the resources available through UNC's Center for European Studies (CES), a United States Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center and a European Union Center of Excellence funded by the European Commission. CES offers a range of ongoing programs, including guest speakers, film festivals, conferences, and cultural events. The Center also houses the Transatlantic Master's Program (TAM), a graduate degree program that may be of particular interest to students who have completed the major in contemporary European studies.


Advisory Committee

Chad Bryant (History), Libby Chenault (Davis Library), Liesbet Hooghe (Political Science), Anne Johnston (Media and Journalism), Klaus Larres (History), Federico Luisetti (Romance Studies), Saule Omarova (Law), John Pickles (Geography), Donald Reid (History), Donald Searing (Political Science).

Affiliated Faculty

Christopher Armitage (English and Comparative Literature), Frank Baumgartner (Political Science), Susan Bickford (Political Science), Christopher Browning (History), Erin Carlston (English and Comparative Literature), Dino Cervigni (English and Comparative Literature; Romance Studies), Marsha Collins (English and Comparative Literature), Patrick Conway (Economics), Pamela Cooper (English and Comparative Literature), Michael Corrado (Law), Eric Downing (English and Comparative Literature), Dominique Fisher (Romance Studies), Banu Gökariksel (Geography), Karen Hagemann (History), Jonathan Hess (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), Konrad Jarausch (History), Robert Jenkins (Political Science), Clayton Koelb (English and Comparative Literature; Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), Lloyd Kramer (History), Richard Langston (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), Klaus Larres (History), Diane Leonard (English and Comparative Literature), Gary Marks (Political Science), Rahsaan Maxwell (Political Science), Timothy McKeown (Political Science), Hassan Melehy (Romance Studies), Layna Mosley (Political Science), Thomas Oatley (Political Science), Susan Pennybacker (History), Gerald Postema (Philosophy), Peter Redfield (Anthropology), Graeme Robertson (Political Science), Mary Sheriff (Art), Milada Vachudova (Political Science).

Contact Information

Center for European Studies, FedEx Global Education Center, CB# 3449, (919) 962-1602,


EURO–Contemporary European Studies

EURO 159 20th-Century Europe (HIST 159) (3). See HIST 159 for description.

EURO 239 Introduction to European Government (POLI 239) (3). See POLI 239 for description.

EURO 252 Politics, Society and Culture in Modern Germany (1871–1945) (HIST 252) (3). See HIST 252 for description.

EURO 332H Cultural Diversity in Francophone Cinema (CMPL 332H, FREN 332H) (3). See FREN 332H for description.

EURO 362 The Quest for Identity in Contemporary Spain (SPAN 362) (3). See SPAN 362 for description.

EURO 442 International Political Economy (POLI 442) (3). See POLI 442 for description.

EURO 460 International Economics (ECON 460, PWAD 460) (3). See ECON 460 for description.