Curriculum in Contemporary European Studies
JOHN STEPHENS, Director
Tanya Kinsella, Curriculum Advisor
Chad Bryant (History), Libby Chenault (Davis Library), Liesbet Hooghe (Political Science), Anne Johnston (Journalism and Mass Communication), Klaus Larres (History), Federico Luisetti (Romance Languages and Literatures), Saule Omarova (Law), John Pickles (Geography), Donald Reid (History), Donald Searing (Political Science).
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 (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 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), Milada Vachudova (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 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.
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
Four courses from one of the two themes listed below (asterisked courses require approval, based on topic)
One course chosen from the other theme
One additional course from Theme 1, Theme 2, or the list of approved elective courses on contemporary Europe
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; POLI/SOCI 439
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, 281, 350, 381, 382, 390*; 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 (europe.unc.edu/euro). Other courses relevant to the study of contemporary Europe may be taken for credit in the major, if approved by the curriculum advisor.
A modern European foreign language through level 5, chosen from the following languages: Bulgarian, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish. Please see the list of foreign language courses in the "General Education Requirements" section of this bulletin.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: europe.unc.edu/euro.
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.