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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 abroud in Europe.


Program Director

William Tronzo
Teaching Professor, Visual Arts

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

Richard Biernacki
Professor, Sociology

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

Robert S. Edelman
Professor, History

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

Jeffrey Haydu
Professor, Sociology

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.


Language Requirement:

ALL minors must demonstrate basic proficiency in a single European language other than English by completing four quarters of language instruction (or equivalent). Students may also complete this requirement by demonstrating advanced language ability on a proficiency exam. Students completing the language requirement through waiver (700 or better on SAT II language, score of 4 or better on AP language), or proficiency exam will fulfill the language component of the minor by completing one of these requirements but no course credit will be applied toward the (seven) courses required for the minor.

Up to TWO four-unit courses in foreign language can be included in the seven courses required for the minor. These may be lower-division courses.

Equivalencies: 700< SAT; 4< AP Language Exam; UC San Diego Language Proficiency Exam


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 2020

  • HIEU 146: Fascism, Communism, and the Crisis of Liberal Democarcy: Europe 1919-1945
  • HIEU 171: Special Topics in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • HISC 107: The Emergence of Modern Science
  • MUS 4: Introduction to Western Music
  • MUS 114: Music of the 20th Century
  • MUS 120A: History of Music in Western Culture I
  • PHIL 13: Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics
  • PHIL 31: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 108: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
  • *PHIL 146: Philosophy of Physics
  • *PHIL 166: Classics in Political Philosophy
  • POLI 110A: Citizens and Saints: Political Thought from Plato to Augustine
  • RELI 188: Special Topics in Religion
  • SOCI 100: Classical Sociological Theory
  • *TDHT 101: Topics in Dramatic Literature and Theatre History
  • VIS 20: Introduction to Art History
  • VIS 121C: Art and the Bible in the MIddle Ages: Sign and Design

Winter 2021

  • HIEU 151: Spain since 1808
  • LTRU 1B: First-Year Russian
  • LTRU 2B: Second-Year Russian
  • LTRU 104C: Advanced Practicum in Russian: Analysis of Text and Film
  • PHIL 32: Philosophy and the Rise of Modern Science
  • *PHIL 170: Philosophy and Race
  • LTEU 115: Medieval Studies
  • LTEU 140: Italian Literature in Translation
  • LTFR 116: Themes in Intellectual and Literary History - Topic: Du Moyen-Age à la Révolution Française: Littérature, Histoire et Société
  • *RELI 188: Special Topics in Religion
  • *VIS 84: History of Film
  • *VIS 158: Histories of Photography
  • VIS 121AN: Art Experience in Middle Ages

Spring 2021

  • *HIEU 140: History of Women and Gender in Europe: From the French Revolution to the Present
  • *HIEU 145: Holocaust as Public History
  • *LTWL 176: Literature and Ideas: Photography as a Literary Art
  • *LTWL 180: Film Studies and Literature: Film History: Neorealist Film Global Context
  • MUS 4: Introduction to Western Music
  • *MUS 114: Music of the Twentieth Century
  • MUS 120C: History of Music in Western Culture III
  • PHIL 13: Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics
  • PHIL 102: Hellenistic Philosophy
  • *RELI 189: Seminar in Religion: At Home and Abroad: Zoroastrianism in the Modern Era
  • SOCI 20: Social Change in the Modern World
  • SOCI 100: Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 106: Comparative and HIstorical Methods
  • *VIS 122B: Baroque: Painters, Sculptors, Architects
  • *VIS 129A: Seminar in Premodern Art History: Topic - The Medieval Object in Motion


2020-2021 Events

May 11, 2021: Ruin and Renewal: Civilizing Europe after World War II - Paul Betts in conversation with Frank Biess


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