Investigate the forces that have shaped Europe historically with the power of social sciences and humanities and focus on current developments in European integration. This academic discipline targets several fields, including anthropology, cultural studies, economics, language, geography, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, sociology, and more. While all programs focus on the study of the European Union (EU), they often cover national topics, in a comparative perspective, as well.
The interdisciplinary major in EU studies (EUS) is designed for students who want to broaden their understanding of European societies and prepare for international careers or advanced studies involving history, political science, foreign policy, economics, the fine arts, or literature. Students generally select a major focus and specific courses that will fulfill the requirements for the major. This focus might consist of a thematic or comparative topic, such as Central European literature, law and economics in the European Union, or the culture and society of a particular nation (such as France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, or Spain). Adding to their major’s core requirements, students enroll in a variety of relevant courses in the social sciences and humanities, take a foreign language of their choice, and write a senior thesis.
Many employers with European or international character prefer to recruit European Studies graduates. Graduates find jobs in government institutions at international, national, regional, or local levels. Most graduates pursue careers in management, marketing, communications, public relations, or policy advice in international businesses or organizations. However, a growing number of European Studies alumni also enroll in master’s programs to take their studies to the next level.