European Studies Major
European Studies immerses students in European history and culture. The course of study includes literature, art, and geography, as well as political and economic structure. The departments and schools contributing to the success of this program are Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Drama, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Science, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Modern Languages, Literature and Linguistics.
This concentration offers the broadest spectrum of material in the International Studies program and allows students to integrate their interests into a single specialization. The scope of the program includes western, central and Mediterranean Europe since approximately 1500.
European Studies graduates will be capable of functioning in at least one European country in which a language other than English is spoken, and they will be able to read materials in the language of that country. Students will therefore choose a language and begin their concentrated studies as early as their freshman year.
Bachelor of Arts in International and Area Studies Major Area: European Studies
General Education requirements: 40 semester hours, distributed in accordance with University requirements.
Department of International and Area Studies requirements: Additional requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies. Major requirements: (30 hours, 18 must be upper-division). In addition to the core requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies, students pursuing a degree in European Studies will develop a course of study with the IAS Academic Adviser and meets the following requirements:
Foreign Language and Literature (six hours): Two courses at the 3000-level or above beyond the 16-hour requirement in any of the languages in the area of concentration.
History and Ideas (six hours).
Politics and Society (six hours).
Arts and Culture (six hours).
Geography (three hours).
International Experience: A student is required to spend at least one summer or winter term (preferably one year) in an approved international experience. This may include (but is not limited to) OU Study Abroad, study abroad with another university, an approved foreign work experience, or experience through the US military, or a high school degree or equivalent from another country.
Senior Capstone Course (three hours): IAS 4013 Senior Capstone.
NOTES: Students may take other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the IAS Academic Adviser.
Acceptable substitutions are updated each semester and posted in the Undergraduate Studies section of the CIS website.
To be eligible for study abroad at OU, students must maintain a minimum combined retention GPA of 2.5.
Major Support Requirements: 16 hours of one foreign language relevant to the geographical area of concentration.
Free Electives: Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120 including 48 upper-division hours.
Minor in European Studies
Students must successfully complete at least 15 hours of courses acceptable for major credit in European Studies, including at least 9 hours at the upper-division level. Click here to download the minor check sheet to learn more about the specific requirements.