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European Studies

European Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the politics, culture, economy, society and history of Europe, and on Europe’s place in the world. It puts you on the threshold of a world at the forefront of dynamic change -- social, cultural, political, and economic -- as well as a world of rich and resonant traditions in literature, philosophy, science, art and architecture. There are close to 70 faculty in various departments at UC San Diego affiliated with the European Studies Minor, whose courses form our curriculum. Students may choose from among these, with any emphasis that they desire. The European Studies Minor is a very useful credential to have on your degree, especially if you are interested in a career that has a global dimension.  It also indicates an approach to the world that is attractive to law, medical and business schools.

Here are some of the issues your studies for the Minor could open up:

  • Brexit: what are the implications of the UK leaving the EU?
  • The Euro: how does an international currency function?
  • Immigration: how can the movement of peoples be conducted?   
  • Heritage: how can the past be preserved for the future?
  • Privacy: what are the rights of citizens and the obligations of the state to individual privacy in the digital age?
  • Social Justice: how can inequality be addressed?

Students choosing to minor in European Studies may design their coursework to focus on their own interests by drawing from multiple disciplines including communications, economics, history, political science, literature, sociology, philosophy, the arts and more. The program also encourages students to complete some of their coursework through study abroad in Europe.


Program Directors

Frank Biess, Co-Director
Professor, History

Ulrike Strasser, Co-Director
Professor, History

Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor

Jennifer Dieli
Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor
Ridge Walk Academic Complex - Arts and Humanities Building, 6th Floor, Room 655

Current UC San Diego undergraduate students, please use the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) for all advising questions.


Eric Bakovic
Professor, Linguistics

Frank Biess
Professor, History

John D. Blanco
Associate Professor, Literature

David Brink
Distinguished Professor, Philosophy

Nancy A. Caciola
Professor, History

Alain Cohen
Professor, Literature

Thomas Csordas
Professor, Anthropology

Adriana de Marchi Gherini
Lecturer, Literature

Page duBois
Professor, Literature

Thomas Gallant
Professor, History

Cathy Gere
Associate Professor, History

Clark Gibson
Professor, Political Science

Amelia Glaser
Associate Professor, Literature

Harvey Goldman
Professor, Sociology

Daniel Hallin
Professor, Communication

Mark G. Hanna
Associate Professor, History

Michael Hardimon
Professor, Philosophy

Matthew Herbst
Director, Making of the Modern World

Deborah Hertz
Professor, History

Germaine Hoston
Professor, Political Science

Monte Johnson
Professor, Philosophy

Dayna Kalleres
Associate Professor, Program for the Study of Religion

Hasan Kayali
Associate Professor, History

Grant Kester
Professor, Visual Arts

Robert Kluender
Professor, Linguistics

Todd Kontje
Professor, Literature

Lisa Lampert-Weissig
Professor, Literature

Martha Lampland
Professor, Sociology

Ping-hu Liao
Professor, Literature

Margaret Loose
Associate Professor, Literature

Gerald Mackie
Associate Professor, Political Science

Victor Magagna
Associate Professor, Political Science

Babette Mangolte
Professor, Visual Arts

Isaac Martin
Professor, Sociology

Luis Martin-Cabrera
Associate Professor, Literature

Patrick Patterson
Associate Professor, History

Catherine Ploye
Lecturer, Literature

Michael Provence
Professor, History

Pamela B. Radcliff
Professor, History

Babak Rahimi
Associate Professor, Literature

Samuel Rickless
Professor, Philosophy

Philip Roeder
Professor, Political Science

Akos Rona-Tas
Professor, Sociology

Jordan Rose
Assistant Professor, Visual Arts

Sharon Rose
Professor, Linguistics

Christina Schneider
Professor, Political Science

Gershon Shafir
Distinguished Professor, Sociology

Kaare Strom
Distinguished Professor, Political Science

Charles Thorpe
Professor, Sociology

Clinton Tolley
Professor, Philosophy

William Tronzo
Teaching Professor, Visual Arts

Eric Watkins
Professor, Philosophy

John Welchman
Professor, Visual Arts

Alena Williams
Assistant Professor, Visual Arts

Oumelbanine Zhiri
Professor, Literature


European Studies Minor

The European Studies minor is for students with strong European interests or who plan to study in Europe on an EAP or OAP program, but also those who seek to complement their major with the study of Europe as a political, cultural, and economic entity.

A minor in European Studies consists of completing 7 courses that focus on Europe from two different departments. At least 5 of the courses must be upper division. Two of these courses can be replaced with language courses.




UC San Diego Undergraduate Student Resources

Course Offerings

Course Offerings

Refer to the official UC San Diego General Catalog for a complete list of approved courses that will count toward a minor in European Studies.

Course offerings are constantly changing. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes for the most up-to-date listing.

(*) Indicates course may be petitioned for credit. Instructions on How to Petition Courses.

Fall 2022

  • HIEU 128. Europe Since 1945
  • LTWL 180 - Film Studies and Literature: Film History: German Film 
  • *LTFR 104 Advanced French Reading and Writing: le Poétique
  • PHIL 13. Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics
  • POLI 110A. Citizens and Saints: Political Thought from Plato to Augustine
  • *POLI 120E: Scandinavian Politics. Kaare Strom (Also SS2)
  • MUS 4. Introduction to Western Music
  • *MUS 114. Music of the Twentieth Century
  • MUS 120A. History of Music in Western Culture I

Winter 2023

  • HIEU 111.  Europe in the Middle Ages
  • HIEU 146. Fascism, Communism, and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy: Europe 1919–1945
  • HISC 107. The Emergence of Modern Science
  • LIFR 1B/1BX. French Conversation/Analysis of French
  • LIGM 1B/1BX. German Conversation/German Conversation
  • *LIGN 141 Language Structures
  • LTFR 2B. Intermediate French II
  • LTFR 2C. Intermediate French III
  • LTGM 2B. Intermediate German II
  • LTIT 2B. Intermediate Italian II
  • LTSP 2B. Intermediate Spanish II: Readings and Composition
  • MUS 4. Introduction to Western Music
  • MUS 113. Topics in Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music
  • PHIL 14. Introduction to Philosophy: The Nature of Reality
  • PHIL 32. Philosophy and the Rise of Modern Science
  • PHIL 181. Existentialism
  • POLI 110B. Sovereigns, Subjects, and the Modern State
  • *RELI 188. Special Topics in Religion
  • SOCI 100. Classical Sociological Theory
  • VIS 22. Formations of Modern Art
  • VIS 113BN. History of Criticism II: Early Twentieth Century (1900–1950)



Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for responses to commonly asked questions. If you have further questions, please contact the European Studies program through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

Who should minor in European Studies?

The European Studies Minor is ideal for students who:

  • plan to study in Europe on an EAP or OAP program (or are returning from study abroad in Europe)
  • have strong European interests and/or are already proficient in an European language
  • are thinking about working in Europe
  • seek to complement their major with the study of Europe as a political, cultural, and economic entity
  • are entertaining a career in foreign service, international non-governmental organizations, law, biomedical research, medicine, or business

Can I take courses P/NP for the European Studies minor?

No, P/NP courses cannot be used toward the minor. Courses must be taken for a letter grade and be passed with a grade of C– or better.

I took a course not listed on the course catalog. Can I count it toward my minor?

You will need to petition the course to see if it will apply towards your European Studies minor.

Instructions on How to Petition Courses