Major Program Learning Goals

Students who complete the major in European Studies will be able to:

  • express themselves fluently and correctly in at least one language spoken in Europe, both orally and in writing; and preferably also have some fluency in a second language spoken in Europe;
  • write and speak fluently and articulately in English, and employ a variety of rhetorical approaches and research methodologies in the analysis of a given text of cultural production;
  • examine a significant portion of the European experience and seek to define those elements that have given European culture its unity and distinctiveness;
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge about aspects of European culture;
  • know how to make an argument, orally and in writing, and support it effectively with evidence;
  • think critically about the relationship between materials of cultural production (literature, performance, visual and media arts, music) and the history, politics, and context of their production;
  • study European culture in an independent and interdisciplinary manner;
  • pursue research with current research tools;
  • focus their coursework and interests within the major on a particular field or a specific research question;
  • prepare, develop, and complete an extended research project in the form of the senior thesis.