European Studies

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College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Andrew Harris

European Studies Program

Science Building, Room 267
Phone: 415-338-2250
Coordinator: Sarah Curtis


Calderón, Christmas, Curtis, D'Agostino, Kovacs, Klironomos, Langbehn, Luft, Mann, Millet, Peel, Tsygankov, Vandergriff, Watts

Associate Professors

Clavier, Concolino, Hackenberg, Hammer, Hood, Khanmohamadi, Le Marchand, Lisy-Wagner, Nelsen, Rodriguez, Sowaal, Steier

Assistant Professors

Linton, 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, individualism, democracy, communism, human rights, and welfare states. These concepts, formative for Western society, have had global significance as well. Though no longer dominant, Europe today 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 SFSU’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.

Minor in European Studies

The European Studies Minor consists of a core curriculum of 9 to 10 units which contain material and perspectives which reach across the normal disciplinary divisions of the university, plus 12 to 14 units of upper division courses taken from the following categories on advisement. A full list of approved electives is available from the European Studies director. The minor must include courses from at least three different disciplines (prefixes) and two colleges.

European Studies, Minor — 21 - 24 units

Core Courses (9 - 10 units)

HIST 111History of Western Civilization II3
HIST/I R 346Recent European History3
Select 3-4 units of the following:3-4
Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History
The Modern Revolution
Political Theory: The Twentieth Century
Modern Philosophy

Electives (12 - 14 units)

Under advisement, students are to select one course from Humanities and Literature, one course from Social Sciences, one course from Art History and the Performing Arts, and one course from any of the above areas. These selections may focus 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.

Humanities and Literature (3 units)

Students may choose from appropriate electives in the following departments:

  • Comparative and World Literature
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Humanities
  • Italian
  • Jewish Studies
  • Modem Greek Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Social Sciences (3 - 4 units)

Students may choose from appropriate electives in the following departments:

  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Jewish Studies
  • Political Science

Art History and the Performing Arts (3 units)

Students may choose from appropriate electives in the following departments:

  • Art History
  • Cinema
  • Music
  • Theater Arts

Additional Elective (3 - 4 units)

Students may choose a fourth elective from any of the three areas (Humanities and Literature, Social Sciences, Art History and the Performing Arts) above.

Foreign Language Requirement

All students completing the European Studies Minor are required to demonstrate intermediate level competency in a language other than English, relevant to the area. 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 director, courses taken in certified SF State Study-Abroad programs may be substituted for the minor requirements.

Elective Courses

Humanities and Literature (3 units)

CWL 420Studies in Comparative Literature (European variants)3
CWL 421Celtic Literature3
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 400GWFrench Culture - GWAR3
FR 410Contemporary French Civilization3
FR 450Translating Themes: English/French (metropolitan French variants)3
FR 500Introduction to Literary Texts (in French)3
FR 52517th and 18th Century French Theater (in French)3
GER 401German Culture and Civilization I (in German)3
GER 502Contemporary Germany (in German)3
GER 613Weimar Literature in English (in English)3
GER 617The Holocaust and Postwar Germany Taught in English3
HIST 330/HUM 403The Early Middle Ages3
HUM 375Biography of a City (Athens, Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, St. Petersburg, Vienna)3
HUM 404/HIST 331The High Middle Ages3
HUM 407Romanticism and Impressionism3
HUM 410The Modern Revolution3
HUM 415Contemporary Culture3
HUM 432Nietzsche and Postmodernism3
ITAL 401Italian Culture and Civilization3
ITAL 510Italian Literature: Early Period (in Italian)3
ITAL 511Italian Literature: Late Period (in Italian)3
ITAL 525Literature of the Risorgimento (in Italian)3
ITAL 550The Italian Theater (in Italian)3
ITAL 560The Italian Novel (in Italian)3
ITAL 570Italian Women Writers--13th to 20th Centuries (in Italian)3
ITAL 580Great Figures in Italian Literature (in Italian)3
ITAL 581Divina Commedia (in Italian)3
ITAL 600GWItalian Literature on Film in English - GWAR3
JS/CWL 437Holocaust and Literature3
JS 480European Jewish Writers3
MGS/CWL 465Modern Greek Poetry in Comparative Perspective3
MGS 497Modern Greek Literature3
MGS 555Introduction to Modern Greek Literary Texts3
PHIL 302Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 303Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 365Science and Civilization3
RUSS 260Russian Culture and Civilization in English3
RUSS 511Russian Literature II in English3
RUSS 610Dostoevsky in English Translation3
RUSS 613The Russian Novel: Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol in English3
RUSS 615The Russian Avant-Garde (in English)3
SPAN 401GWCulture and Civilization of Spain-GWAR3
SPAN 562Cervantes: The Quijote3
SPAN 595Senior Survey in Spanish or Spanish American Literature3

Social Sciences (3 - 4 units)

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 342Europe and the French Revolution3
HIST 344Nineteenth Century Europe3
HIST 347Women in Modern Europe3
HIST 385The Russian Revolution3
HIST 386Soviet Russia, the West, and the Cold War3
HIST 389European International History: 1848-19183
HIST 390European International History: 1918 to 19453
HIST 400History of Modern European Imperialism3
HUM 404/HIST 331The High Middle Ages3
IBUS 593Doing Business in Europe3
I R 327Europe: Forming a More Perfect Union4
I R/PLSI 328Domestic and Foreign Policy: Post-Communist Regions4
JS 632Jewish History I: Beginnings to 16503
JS 633Jewish History II: 1650 to Present3
MGS 316Contemporary Culture of Greece3
MGS 350Greece and the Balkans3
MGS 510The Byzantine Empire3
PLSI 353Political Theory: The Twentieth Century4
PLSI 407Politics of Russia4

Art History and the Performing Arts (3 units)

ART 201Western Art History I3
ART 202Western Art History II3
ART/HUM 405Art, Literature, and Power in the Renaissance3
ART 406Renaissance Art3
ART 501Western Art: Special Areas (European variants)3
CINE 401National/Regional Cinemas (European variants)3
CINE 305/JS 405Film and the Holocaust3
MUS 550Music from the Middle Ages to 17503
MUS 551Classic and Romantic Music3
TH A 401Theatre Backgrounds: 500 B.C.-16423
TH A 402Theatre Backgrounds: 1642-19003