Curriculum in Contemporary European Studies


Tanya Kinsella, Curriculum Advisor

Steering Committee

Martine Antle (Romance Languages and Literatures), Chad Bryant (History), Liesbet Hooghe (Political Science), Klaus Larres (History), Federico Luisetti (Romance Languages and Literatures), Saule Omarova (Law), John Pickles (Geography), Donald Reid (History), Donald Searing (Political Science), John Stephens (Political Science; Sociology).

Affiliated Faculty

Sahar Amer (Asian Studies), 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 Languages and Literatures), 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 Languages and Literatures), Banu Gökariksel (Geography), Karen Hagemann (History), Jonathan Hess (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), Konrad Jarausch (History), Robert Jenkins (Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies; 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), Timothy McKeown (Political Science), Hassan Melehy (Romance Languages and Literatures), Layna Mosley (Political Science), Thomas Oatley (Political Science), Susan Pennybacker (History), Gerald Postema (Philosophy), Peter Redfield (Anthropology), Graeme Robertson (Political Science), Mary Sheriff (Art and Art History), Milada Vachudova (Political Science), Georg Vanberg (Political Science).


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, quantitative analysis, and language training, the curriculum provides the intellectual building blocks to study contemporary Europe through a sophisticated cross-disciplinary framework. Students completing the major will be well-prepared for graduate or professional study of contemporary Europe and for a wide range of international careers.

Program of Study

The degree offered is the bachelor of arts with a major in contemporary European studies.

Majoring in Contemporary European Studies: Bachelor of Arts

Core Requirements

• One quantitative analysis course, either ECON/EURO/PWAD 460 or EURO/POLI 442



• Six additional courses chosen from the three themes listed below (asterisked courses require approval, based on the appropriate course topic), with the following stipulations:

º At least one course must be taken from Theme I and one from Theme II.

º The remaining four courses must be distributed over at least two themes.

º A minimum of four theme courses must be taken at the 400 level or above. ECON/EURO/PWAD 460 or EURO/POLI 442 may only count as one of these four courses if not counted as the quantitative analysis course.

º A minimum of four theme courses must be completed within a single social science department (i.e., anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, sociology). ECON/EURO/PWAD 460 or EURO/POLI 442 may count as one of these four courses.

Theme I. Contemporary Europe: Integration and Enlargement

ECON 461, 560; ECON/EURO/PWAD 460; EURO/POLI 442; FREN 378; GEOG 464; POLI 190*, 232, 236, 430, 433, 438, 490*; POLI/PWAD/RUES 469; POLI/PWAD/RUES/SOCI 260; POLI/SOCI 439

ECON/EURO/PWAD 460 or EURO/POLI 442 may only count as a Theme I course if not already used to fulfill the major’s quantitative analysis requirement.

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, 504; GERM 349; GERM/HIST/POLI/SOCI 257; HIST 260, 390H*, 398*, 458, 463, 469, 481, 490*; HIST/JWST/PWAD 262; HIST/WMST 259; ITAL 343; LING/SLAV 306; PWAD/SLAV 467; SLAV 186; SPAN 340

Theme III. Contemporary Europe: Images, Narratives, and Ideas

ANTH 449; ARTH 283; CMPL 385, 466, 468; CMPL/EURO/FREN 332H; CMPL 374/WMST 373; DRAM 289; ECON 434; ENGL 278; ENGL/PWAD 659; FREN 372, 373, 398*; GERM 255, 275, 280, 350, 381, 382, 390*, 655; 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; SLAV 101; SPAN 635

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

• Western European foreign language through level 6

Contemporary European studies majors are required to complete a minimum of six semesters of a western European language, or document sixth-semester proficiency through university placement tests. One approved literature course taught in the language may also count as a Theme III requirement if listed under the theme 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 a noninterdisciplinary department.


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 wide range of ongoing programs, including guest speakers, film festivals, conferences, and cultural events. The Center also helps administer 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.

Contact Information

Questions about the major should be directed to Tanya Kinsella at the Center for European Studies, CB# 3449, FedEx Global Education Center, (919) 962-1602, Web site:


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

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

332H Cultural Identities in European Cinema (CMPL 332H, FREN 332H) (3). See FREN 332H for description.

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

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

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