Minor in European Studies

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Dr. Andrew Harris

European Studies Program

Humanities Building, Room 331
Coordinator: Scott Siegel

Program Scope

The European Studies minor is a multidisciplinary program in European history, politics, and culture designed to provide undergraduate students with a broad understanding of European ideas and institutions over time. Europe is intrinsically connected to important concepts and historical developments such as revolution, religion, imperialism, capitalism, industrialization, nationalism, democracy, communism, human rights, rationalism, expressionism, romanticism, and post-modernism. These concepts, formative for Western society, have had global significance as well. Though no longer dominant, Europe remains a complex, fascinating, and vital region of the world, and one grappling with an array of fundamental political, socioeconomic, and cultural challenges, from enlarging the European Union to determining the future of the welfare state to integrating former colonial subjects into European societies as full citizens.

This minor allows students to engage critically in the examination of Europe past and present through courses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It is designed to accommodate a wide range of student interests in particular time periods and specific countries. It is especially recommended for students who wish to study abroad in one of SF State’s exchange programs in Europe and for students considering careers in teaching, the arts, international politics, international business, and the foreign service. In an era of global interdependence, a Minor in European Studies demonstrates interest in and knowledge of a region outside of the United States from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Professor

GUSTAVO ADOLFO CALDERON (1989), Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; B.A. (1979), M.A. (1981), Ph.D. (1987), University of Iowa.

WILLIAM CHRISTMAS (1996), Professor of English Language and Literature; B.A. (1988), University of Vermont; M.A. (1991), Ph.D. (1995), University of Washington.

SOPHIE CLAVIER (2003), Professor of International Relations, Dean of Graduate Studies; B.A. (JD), (1984), M.A. (SJD), (1986), France; M.A. (1993), San Francisco State University; Ph.D. (2003), La Sorbonne, France.

SARAH CURTIS (2003), Professor of History; B.A. (1983), Pomona College; M.A. (1987), Columbia University; Ph.D. (1994), Indiana University.

ANTHONY W. D'AGOSTINO (1969), Professor of History; B.A. (1959), M.A. (1962), University of California Berkeley; Ph.D. (1971), University of California, Los Angeles.

SHIRIN A. KHANMOHAMADI (2005), Professor of Comparative and World Literature; B.A. (1991), Brown University; M.A. (1996), The University of Texas at Austin;4 M.A. (1998), Columbia University; Ph.D. (2005), Columbia University.

MARTHA E. KLIRONOMOS (1996), Professor of English Language and Literature; B.A. (1982), M.A. (1987), McGill University; Ph.D. (1993), Ohio State University.

STEVEN KOVACS (1990), Professor of Cinema; B.A. (1968), Yale College; M.A. (1970), Ph.D. (1973), Harvard University.

VOLKER M. LANGBEHN (2002), Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; M.S. (1989), Cornell University; M.A. (1992), Ph.D. (1998), University of Minnesota.

KITTY MILLET (2004), Professor of Jewish Studies; B.A. (1986), University of California, Irvine; M.A. (1989), Ph.D. (1996), University of Minnesota.

JARBEL RODRIGUEZ (2001), Professor of History; B.A. (1994), M.A. (1996), University of Miami; M.A. (1998), Ph.D., Princeton University.

ANDREI TSYGANKOV (2000), Professor of Political Science, Professor of International Relations; Ph.D. (1991), Moscow State University; Ph.D. (2000), University of Southern California.

ILONA VANDERGRIFF (1996), Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; M.A. (1990), San Francisco State University; Ph.D. (1995), University of California, Berkeley.

NICOLE WATTS (2003), Professor of Political Science; B.A. (1989), University of Washington; M.A. (1992), University of London School of Oriental and African Studies; Ph.D. (2001), University of Washington.

Associate Professor

SARA HACKENBERG (2004), Associate Professor of English Language and Literature; B.A. (1993), University of California, Berkeley; M.A. (1995), University of Sussex; Ph.D. (2004), Stanford University.

MICHAEL HAMMER (2003), Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; B.A. (1991), M.A. (1997), Brigham Young University; Ph.D. (2003), University of California, Los Angeles.

BÉRÉNICE V. LE MARCHAND (2004), Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; B.A. (1997), M.A. (1999), Université de Nantes; B.A. (1999), The University of the South; M.A. (2001), Ph.D. (2004), Vanderbilt University.

ANNE E. LINTON (2012), Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; B.A. (2003), Washington University in St. Louis; M.A. (2005), University of Wisconsin; M.A. (2006), M.Phil. (2008), Ph.D. (2011), Yale University.

LAURA LISY-WAGNER (2006), Associate Professor of History; B.A. (1998), Johns Hopkins University; M.A. (2001), Ph.D. (2005), Harvard University.

SCOTT N. SIEGEL (2014), Associate Professor of International Relations; B.A. (1999), University of Chicago; M.A. (2003), Ph.D. (2007), Cornell University.

ALICE SOWAAL (2005), Associate Professor of Philosophy; B.A. (1993), University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. (1996), University of California, Irvine; Ph.D. (2001), University of California, Irvine

Assistant Professor

OLIVIA ALBIERO (2016), Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; B.A. (2006), M.A. (2008), University of Padua; M.A. (2011), Ph.D. (2016), University of Washington.

European Studies, Minor — 18-23 Units

All coursework used to satisfy requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

The European Studies Minor consists of a core curriculum of 9 to 12 units, which contain material and perspectives which reach across the normal disciplinary divisions of the university and 9 to 11 units of electives. A full list of approved electives is available from the European Studies coordinator. The minor must include courses from at least three different disciplines (prefixes) and 6 units of upper-division coursework.

Core Courses (9-12 Units)

Select one from each area:
Historical Background3-4
History of Western Civilization II
Society, Culture, and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Recent European History
Era of the World Wars 1918 to 1945
International History 1814-1918
Jewish History II: 1650 to Present
Fascism and Communism in 20th Century Europe
Contemporary European Politics and Business3-4
Europe: Forming a More Perfect Union
Introduction to the European Union
Doing Business in Europe
Radical Right Politics: Far-Right Parties in Contemporary Europe
Culture3-4
Western Art History II
French Culture - GWAR
German Culture and Civilization I
Thought and Culture in Modern Europe
The Modern Revolution
Italian Culture and Civilization
European Jewish Writers
Modern Philosophy
Political Theory: Reformation to Nineteenth Century
Political Theory: The Twentieth Century
Culture and Civilization of Spain
Global Theatre History II

Electives (9-11 Units)

Under advisement, students select three courses on Europe as a civilization (e.g., the formation of Europe, Europe in transition, and contemporary Europe), a section of Europe (e.g., Russia and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the European community, etc.), or on European artistic and intellectual traditions. Elective courses are listed below.

Students may select appropriate electives in:

  • Art History
  • Cinema
  • Comparative and World Literature
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Jewish Studies
  • Modem Greek Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Theater Arts

Foreign Language Requirement

All European Studies Minors are required to demonstrate intermediate-level competency in a European language other than English, relevant to their area of focus. This requirement may be met by completing the university entrance requirement of two years of high school language study, one year of successful college-level language study, or demonstration of equivalent competency.

Study Abroad

Students completing the European Studies minor are strongly encouraged to participate in study-abroad programs. At the discretion of the European Studies coordinator, courses taken in certified SF State Study-Abroad programs may be substituted for the minor requirements.

Elective Courses

ARTH 201Western Art History I3
ARTH 202Western Art History II3
ARTH 406Global Renaissance and Baroque Art3
CINE 305/JS 405Film and the Holocaust3
CINE 307National/Regional Cinemas3
CWL 420Studies in Comparative Literature3
CWL 421Celtic Literature3
CWL/HUM 423Going Medieval: Medieval Literature and Contemporary Adaptations3
CWL/HUM 424Multicultural Middle Ages3
ENG 501Age of Chaucer3
ENG 510The Age of Wit3
ENG 51218th-Century British Women Writers3
ENG 514Age of the Romantics3
ENG 550The Rise of the Novel3
ENG 552Modern British Novel3
FR 350French for the Business World3
FR 360Press and Social Media in French3
FR 400GWFrench Culture - GWAR3
FR 410Contemporary French Civilization3
FR/PLSI 421Social Movements in the Francophone World3
FR 450Translating Themes: English/French3
FR 500Introduction to Literary Texts3
FR 52517th and 18th Century French Theater3
GER 401German Culture and Civilization I3
GER 502Contemporary Germany3
GER 600Mobility, Travel, and Identity in English3
GER 613Weimar Literature3
GER 617The Holocaust and Postwar Germany Taught in English3
HIST/JS 317The Holocaust and Genocide3
HIST 330/HUM 403The Early Middle Ages3
HIST 334The Renaissance3
HIST 336The Reformation3
HIST 338Europe and the Wider World 1348-17683
HIST 342French Revolution and Napoleon3
HIST 343Soviet Russia, the West, and the Cold War3
HIST 344Society, Culture, and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Europe3
HIST 347Women in Modern Europe3
HIST 385The Russian Revolution3
HIST 390Era of the World Wars 1918 to 19453
HIST/I R 395International History 1814-19183
HIST 398History of Modern European Imperialism3
HUM 375Biography of a City: United States Cities3
HUM 404/HIST 331The High Middle Ages3
HUM 407Romanticism and Impressionism3
HUM 410The Modern Revolution3
HUM 415Contemporary Culture3
HUM/PHIL 432Nietzsche and Postmodernism3
I R 327Europe: Forming a More Perfect Union4
I R/PLSI 328Domestic and Foreign Policy: Post-Communist Regions4
IBUS 593Doing Business in Europe3
ITAL 250Food for Thought: The Importance of Food in Italian Culture3
ITAL 401Italian Culture and Civilization3
ITAL 510Italian Literature: Early Period3
ITAL 511Italian Literature: Late Period3
ITAL 525Literature of the Risorgimento3
ITAL 550The Italian Theatre3
ITAL 560The Italian Novel3
ITAL 570Italian Women Writers: 13th to 20th Centuries3
ITAL 580Great Figures in Italian Literature3
ITAL 581Divina Commedia3
ITAL 600Italian Literature on Film in English3
ITAL 600GWItalian Literature on Film - GWAR3
JS/HIST 332Ancient and Medieval Jews Among Pagans, Christians, and Muslims3
JS/CWL 437/ENG 533Holocaust and Literature3
JS/CWL 480European Jewish Writers3
JS 633/HIST 335Jewish History II: 1650 to Present3
MGS/ANTH 316Contemporary Culture of Greece: The Past in the Present3
MGS/HIST 350Greece and the Balkans3
MGS/CWL/C W 465Modern Greek Poetry in Comparative Perspective3
MGS/C W 497Modern Greek Literature3
MGS/CLAS 510/HIST 326The Byzantine Empire3
MGS 555Introduction to Modern Greek Literary Texts3
MUS 550Music from the Middle Ages to 17503
MUS 551Classic and Romantic Music3
PHIL 302Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 303Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 365Science and Civilization3
PLSI 353Political Theory: The Twentieth Century4
PLSI/I R 407Politics of Russia4
RUSS 260Russian Culture and Civilization in English3
RUSS 511Russian Literature II in English3
RUSS 610Dostoevsky in English Translation3
RUSS 615The Russian Avant-Garde3
SPAN 401Culture and Civilization of Spain3
SPAN 521Spanish Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Literature3
SPAN 52319th Century Spanish Literature3
SPAN 525The Contemporary Spanish Novel3
SPAN 562Cervantes: The Quijote3
TH A 401Global Theatre History I3
TH A 402Global Theatre History II3