Courses of Study 2015-2016 
    Sep 21, 2021  
Courses of Study 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

European Studies Minor

Cornell Institute for European Studies
120 Uris Hall
(607) 255–7592
Jason Hecht, CIES Associate Director & European Studies Minor Coordinator

Students from any college may choose an undergraduate minor in European studies to complement any major. The purpose of the minor is to provide a coherent structure for students with an interest in interdisciplinary study in the field of European studies.

The minor has three tracks: European politics, economics, and society; modern European history; and European culture. The requirements for the minor are:

  1. Competence in at least one modern European language, Romance, Germanic, or Slavic (i.e., completion of a fifth-semester course or equivalent with a grade of at least B–, or demonstration of an advanced level of competence in an oral proficiency interview test where available).
  2. Completion of an interdisciplinary core course:
    GOVT 3413 /SOC 3410  
  3. Completion of one course in modern (post-1789) European history.
  4. Three additional courses in any of the three areas, which may include a senior seminar (4000-level).
    1. Courses in European and comparative politics; anthropology; sociology, feminist, gender and sexuality (FGSS) studies; and related courses in the School of Hotel Administration, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
    2. Courses in modern European history (post-1789).
    3. Courses in (post-1789) English and European literatures, comparative literature, semiotics, FGSS, fine arts, architecture, music, philosophy, and film and theatre arts.

Under certain conditions, students may be permitted to substitute other courses for those listed above.  Only two courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both the major and the minor. Courses satisfying the breadth and distribution requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences, however, may be applied to the minor. Students interested in conducting research in Europe may apply for the Frederic Conger Wood or Susan R. Tarrow Undergraduate Research Fellowship in their junior year. All minors are encouraged to participate in the Cornell in Turin summer study abroad program (see Courses taken abroad may be applied to the minor if they are approved for Cornell credit. Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences can major in European Studies through the independent major or the College Scholar Program.

For a complete list of relevant courses and seminars, departmental advisors, and any further information, contact Jason Hecht (