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Major Requirements

Designed for students who seek to broaden their awareness of the European experience and to prepare for international careers or advanced study, the program in European Studies (EUS) offers the major disciplinary breadth as well as expertise in a specialty of their choosing. Most EUS majors also participate in one of the Vanderbilt study abroad programs in Europe and/or reside in the International House on campus. The interdisciplinary major consists of 42 hours of course work, to be distributed among various disciplines as indicated in the following. Emphasis is on political, cultural, economic, and related trends or events especially since the early modern period.

Advising is crucial to the successful completion of the major in EUS. Advising forms and declaration of major forms are available in the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies (MKC). In consultation with the director and/or associate director of the Max Kade Center, students choose a thematic focus and specific courses that will fulfill the requirements for the major. This focus can consist of a thematic or comparative topic (such as culture and society during a particular epoch), a regional or sub-regional topic (such as European integration, the Iberian Peninsula, the Baltic region), or the culture and society of a particular nation (such as France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain). In addition to the core requirements, majors take relevant courses in history, the social sciences, and the humanities, as well as a foreign language of the student’s choice. Special activities of the MKC include a visiting lecture series, international symposia, and informal faculty-student luncheon seminars. Both academic scholars and public figures are invited to campus to address European and transatlantic affairs.

Major Contracts
You may download, below, a blank copy of the contract for the European Studies major or joint major that you wish to declare.  It is  helpful if you begin completing the form prior to your advising meeting.
European Studies Major Contract  
French and European Studies Major Contract 
German and European Studies Major Contract
Italian and European Studies Major Contract
Russian and European Studies Major Contract
Spanish and European Studies Major Contract
Spanish, Portuguese, and European Studies Major Contract

Please note: Effective Fall 2015, Vanderbilt University has introduced a new course catalog numbering scheme. For assistance with the translation for old (3-digit) and new (4-digit) numbers, please consult the Course Renumbering Lookup Tool.

  Required Core Courses (21 hours)
  • EUS 2201, European Society and Culture (3 hours)
  • EUS 2203, The Idea of Europe (3 hours)
  • EUS 4960, Senior Seminar (3 hours)
  • Six hours in Political Science, usually PSCI 2210, West European Politics, and PSCI 3211, The European Union
  • Six hours in European history in the student’s special interest area, to be selected from the list below and in consultation with the major adviser

Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)
The foreign language requirement is to be satisfied in one of the following

  • Six hours of course work beyond the intermediate level in one European language;
  • Course work through the intermediate level in two European languages;
  • Demonstration of proficiency equivalent to either of the preceding options; or
  • Participation in one of the Vanderbilt intensive-language programs in Europe (students participating in Vanderbilt's predominantly English-language program in Europe must complete course work through the intermediate level in one European language, or demonstrate equivalent proficiency).

Electives (15 hours)
The remainder of the 42 hours required for the major may be selected from the list of courses below or from among approved courses taken abroad. Students majoring in EUS are advised to select courses from the social sciences and humanities that complement their areas of special interest and their thematic focus. They should be distributed as follows:

  • 3 additional hours in history
  • 3 additional hours from other social science fields
  • 9 hours from the humanities

Effective Fall 2015, Vanderbilt University has introduced a new course catalog numbering scheme. For assistance with the translation between old (3-digit) and new (4-digit) numbers, please consult the Course Renumbering Lookup Tool.


EUROPEAN STUDIES:  2208, Conspiracy Theories and Rumors in European and U.S. History; 2220, Religion and Politics in Modern Europe; 2240, Topics in European Studies; 2260, European Cities.

HISTORY: 1111-08, European Imperialism: Colonizer and Colonized in the Modern World; 1350, Western Civilization to 1700; 1360, Western Civilization since 1700; 1390, America to 1776: Discovery to Revolution; 1480, The Darwinian Revolution; 1500, History of Modern Sciences and Society; 1510, The Scientific Revolution; 1580, Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1800 C.E.; 1600, Modern European Economic History, 1000-1700; 1700, Western Military History to 1815; 1730, The US and the Cold War; 1760, History of Christian Traditions; 2130, Russia: Old Regime to Revolution;  2135, Russia: the U.S.S.R. and Afterward; 2220 Medieval and Renaissance Italy, 1000-1700; 2230, Medieval Europe, 1000-1350; 2250, Reformation Europe; 2260, Revolutionary Europe, 1789-1815; 2270, Nineteenth-Century Europe; 2280, Europe 1900-1945; 2290, Europe since 1945; 2300, Twentieth-Century Germany; 2310, France: Renaissance to Revolution; 2340, Modern France; 2380, Shakespeare's Histories and History; 2382, The Rise of the Tudors; 2383, A Monarchy Dissolved? From Good Queen Bess to the English Civil War; 2385, The Real Tudors; 2410, Victorian England; 2450, Reform, Crisis; 2800,Modern Medicine; 2835, Sexuality and Gender in the Western Tradition to 1700; 2840, Sexuality and Gender in the Western Tradition since 1700; 3010, Pornography and Prostitution in History; 3120, Weimar Germany: Modernism and Modernity, 1918-1933; 3150, Cities of Europe and the Middle East; 3180, Making of Modern Paris; 3230, The Art of Empire; 3260, Revolutionary England, 1603-1710; 3270, Religion and the Occult in Early Modern Europe; 3275, Religion and Popular Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe.

JEWISH STUDIES: 1002, Introduction to Jewish Studies; 1002W, Introduction to Jewish Studies; 1200, Classical Judaism: Jews in Antiquity; 1220, Jews in the Medieval World; 1240, Perspectives in Modern Jewish History; 3100, The Holocaust.


ANTHROPOLOGY: 3371, Social and Health Consequences of Pandemics.

ECONOMICS: 2240, Russia in the World Economy; 3180, History of Economic Thought; 3600, International Trade; 3610, International Finance; 3160, Economic History of Europe.

EUROPEAN STUDIES: 2240 Topics in European Studies.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: 1101, Introduction to Comparative Politics; 1102, Introduction to International Politics; 1103, Justice; 2202, Ancient Political Thought; 2203, History of Modern Political Philosophy; 2206, Foundations of Marxism; 2210, West European Politics; 2220, Crisis Diplomacy; 2221, Causes of War; 2223, European Political Economy and Economic Institutions; 2225, International Political Economy; 2226, International Law and Organization; 2274, Nature of War; 3211, The European Union; 4238, Comparative Political Parties.

SOCIOLOGY: 3851, Independent Research and Writing (with appropriate topic); 4960, Seminar in Selected Topics (with appropriate topic).


CLASSICS: 3120, Humor, Ancient to Modern; 3220, The Trojan War in History, Art, and Literature.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES:  3600, The Rhetorical Tradition; 3890, Selected Topics in Communication Studies (with appropriate topic)

1111, First-Year Writing Seminar (with appropriate topic); 2310, British Writers to 1660; 2311, Representative British Writers 1600-Present; 3314, Chaucer; 3316, Medieval Literature; 3330, Sixteenth Century; 3332, English Renaissance: The Drama; 3336, Shakespeare: Comedy and Histories; 3337, Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romance; 3340, Shakespeare: Representative Selections; 3340W, Shakespeare: Representative Selections; 3346, Seventeenth-Century Literature; 3348, Milton; 3360, Restoration and the Eighteenth Century Early; 3361, Restoration and the Eighteenth Center Late; 3364, The Eighteenth-Century English Novel; 3370, The Bible in Literature; 3610, The Romantic Period; 3611, The Romantic Period; 3614, The Victorian Period; 3618, The Nineteenth-Century English Novel; 3630, The Modern British Novel; 3640, Modern British and American Poetry: Yeats to Auden; 3681, Twentieth-Century British and World Drama (with appropriate topic); 3683, Contemporary British Literature; 3740, Critical Theory; 3890, Movements in Literature (with appropriate topic); 3890W, Movements in Literature (with appropriate topic); 3892, Problems in Literature (with appropriate topic); 3892W, Problems in Literature (with appropriate topic); 3894, Major Figures in Literature (with appropriate topic); 3894W, Major Figures in Literature (with appropriate topic); 3898, Special Topics in English and American Literature (with appropriate topic); 3898W, Special Topics in English and American Literature (with appropriate topic).

EUROPEAN STUDIES: 2225, European Realism; 2240, Topics in European Studies; 2260, European Cities.

FRENCH: 2501W, French Composition and Grammar; 2614, Advanced Conversational French; 3101, Text and Contexts: Middle Ages to the Enlightenment; 3102, Texts and Contexts: Revolution to the Present; 3111, French for Business; 3113, Advanced French Grammar; 3180, La Provence; 3181, Contemporary France; 3188, The Contemporary Press and Media; 3222, The Early Modern Novel; 3223, The Querelles des femmes; 3224, Medieval French Literature; 3230, French and Francophone Cinema; 3281, Provence and the French Novel; 3286, Cultural Study Tour; 3620, Age of Louis XIV; 3621, Enlightenment and Revolution; 3622, From Romanticism to Symbolism; 3623, The Twentieth-Century Novel; 3891, Special Topics in French Literature: French Traditions (with appropriate topic); 3892, Special Topics in French Language and Civilization (with appropriate topic); 4025, From Carnival to "Carnivalesque"; 4027, Emile Zola: From Naturalist Novels to Social Activism; 4029, Twentieth-Century French Literature; 4030, French and Italian Avant-garde; 4221, Literature of the Fantastic; 4232, Literature and Law; 4284, Art and Literature in the Nineteenth Century; 4285, Art and Literature of the Twentieth Century; 4320, French Feminist Thought: Literary and Critical; 4322, Adultery and Transgressions in Literature; 4432, French Intellectual History.

GERMAN: 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar; 1482, Borders and Crossings: German Literature and Culture from Romanticism to the Present; 2216, Business German; 2310W, Introduction to German Studies; 2320, Conversation and Composition: Current Events; 2321, Conversation and Composition: Contemporary Culture; 2341, German Culture and Literature; 2342, German Culture and Literature; 2442, War on Screen; 2443, German Cinema: Vampires, Victims, and Vamps; 2444, German Fairy Tales from Brothers Grimm to Walt Disney; 2445, Nazi Cinema: The Manipulation of Mass Culture; 3343, The Aesthetics of Violence: Terror, Crime and Dread in German Literature; 3344, Women at the Margins: German-Jewish Women Writers; 3345, Love and Friendship; 3375, Art and Rebellion: Literary Experience in the 1960s and 1970s; 3378, Dreams in Literature; 4535, German Romanticism; 4537, Women and Modernity;4548, German Lyric Poetry--Form and Function; 45 63, The Age of Goethe: Weimar 1775 to 1805; 4564, Pleasures and Perils in Nineteenth-Century Theatre; 4565, Revolutionizing Twentieth-Century Theatre; 4566, Nineteenth-Century Prose; 4567, The German Novel from Kafka to Grass; 4569, Writing under Censorship; 4574, Who Am I? German Autobiographies; 4576, Tales of Travel in Modern German Culture.

HISTORY OF ART: 1100, History of Western Art I; 1105, History of Western Art II; 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar (with appropriate topic); 2220, Greek Art and Architecture; 2270, Early Christian and Byzantine Art; 2285, Medieval Art; 2310, Italian Art to 1500; 2330, Italian Renaissance Art after 1500; 2360, Northern Renaissance Art; 2362, Fifteenth-Century Northern European Art; 2390, Seventeenth-Century Art; 2600, Eighteenth-Century Art; 2620, Nineteenth-Century European Art; 2622, Neoclassicism and Romanticism; 2650, Nineteenth-Century Architecture: Theory and Practice; 2680, British Art : Tudor to Victorian; 2708, Twentieth-Century British Art; 2710, Twentieth-Century European Art; 2720, Modern Architecture; 2722, Modern Art and Architecture in Paris; 3320, Early Renaissance Florence; 3320W Early Renaissance Florence; 3332, Raphael and the Renaissance; 3334, Michelangelo's Life and Works; 3334W, Michelangelo's Life and Works; 3364W, The Court of Burgundy; 3366 Sixteenth-Century Northern European Art.

ITALIAN:  2003 Italian Journeys; 2501W, Grammar and Composition; 2614, Conversation;3000, Introduction to Italian Literature; 3041, Italian Civilization; 3100, Literature of the Middle Ages to the Renaissance; 3240, Dante’s Divine Comedy; 3340, Famous Women by Boccaccio; 3500, Baroque, Illuminismo, and Romanticism in Italy; 3600, Twentieth-Century Literature: Beauty and Chaos; 3640, Classic Italian Cinema; 3641, Contemporary Italian Cinema; 3701, City Fictions; 3702, Topics in Contemporary Italian Civilization; 3802, Contemporary Italian Society and Culture; 3850, Independent Study (with appropriate topic); 3890, Special Topics in Italian Literature (with appropriate topic).

JEWISH STUDIES: 2200W, Introduction to Hebrew Literature; 2210W, Hebrew Literature in Translation, 2225, Jewish Literary Centers; 2250W, Witnesses Who Were Not there: Literature of the Children of Holocaust Survivors; 2270, Jewish Story Telling; 2270W, Jewish Story Telling; 2275, Creative Writing and Jewish Authors; 2310, Berlin and Jewish Modernity; 2320, Freud and Jewish Identity; 2450, The Jewish Diaspora.

MUSIC LITERATURE:  1220, The Symphony; 1230, Survey of Choral Music; 2200W, Music and Western Culture; 3220, Opera in the 17th and 18th Centuries; 3221, Opera in the 19th Century; 3222, Mahler Symphonies: Songs of Irony; 3223, Music in the Age of Beethoven and Schubert; 3224, Haydn and Mozart; 3225, Brahms and the Anxiety of Influence; 3227, Music in the Age of Revolution, 1789-1848; 3228 J.S. Bach: Learned Musician and Virtual Traveler; 3229, Robert Schumann and the Romantic Sensibility; 3890, Selected Topics in Music History (with appropriate topic).

PHILOSOPHY: 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar: Environmental Philosophy; 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar: Limits of the Human in Philosophy and Film; 1200, The Meaning of Life; 1200W, The Meaning of Life; 2102, Medieval Philosophy; 2103, Modern Philosophy; 2104, Nineteenth-Century Philosophy; 2109, Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy; 2110, Contemporary Philosophy; 2620, Political and Social Philosophy; 2660, Philosophy of Music; 3005, Jewish Philosophy; 3007, French Feminism; 3009, Existential Philosophy; 3010, Phenomenology; 3011, Critical Theory; 3013, History of Aesthetics; 3014, Modernistic Aesthetics; 3103, Immanuel Kant; 3104, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche; 3602, Philosophy of History; 3622, Contemporary Political Philosophy; 3623, Modern Philosophies of Law; 3851, Independent Readings (with appropriate topic); 3852, Independent Readings (with appropriate topic); 3891, Selected Topics (with appropriate topic); 3892, Selected Topics (with appropriate topic).

PORTUGUESE: 2203, Intermediate Portuguese; 3301, Portuguese Composition and Conversation; 3892, Special Topics in Portuguese Language, Literature, and Civilization (with appropriate topic).

RELIGIOUS STUDIES: 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar (with appropriate topic); 2110W, Constructions of Jewish Identity in the Modern World; 2940, Great Books of Literature and Religion; 3229, The Holocaust, Its Meaning and Implications; 3940, The Nature of Evil.

RUSSIAN: 1171, A Tale of Three Cities; 1172, Russian Culture in the Twentieth Century; 1190, Russian and Soviet         Short Story; 1874, Russian Fairy Tales; 2232, Evil Empire: Stalin's Russia; 2240, Terrors and Terrorists: Russian Literature of the Irrational and the Absurd; 2273, Russian Science Fiction; 2310, Survey of Russian Literature in English Translation; 2311, Survey of Russian Literature in English Translation; 2434, The Russian Cinema; 2438, Dostoevsky's Major Novels: Philosophy and Aesthetics; 3301, Composition and Conversation; 3302, Composition and Conversation; 3231, Jews in Russian Culture: Survival and Identity; 3250, Sociopolitical and Cultural Developments in Post-Soviet Regions; 3890, Selected Topics (with appropriate topic); 3891, Selected Topics (with appropriate topic).

SPANISH: 2990, Images of the Feminine in Spanish Cinema; 3301W, Intermediate Spanish Writing; 3302, Spanish for Oral Communication through Cultural Topics; 3340, Advanced Conversation; 3345, Spanish for Business and Economics; 3355, Advanced Conversation through Cultural Issues in Film; 3360, Spanish Civilization; 3365, Film and Recent Cultural Trends in Spain; 3850, Independent Study (with appropriate topic); 4400, The Origins of Spanish Literature; 4405, Literature of the Spanish Golden Age; 4410, Spanish Literature from the Enlightenment to 1900; 4415, Spanish Literature from 1900 to the Present; 4345, The Languages of Spain; 4440, Development of the Short Story; 4445, Development of the Novel; 4455, Development of Drama; 4465, The Theory and Practice of Drama; 4620, Love and Honor in Medieval and Golden Age Literature; 4640, Don Quixote; 4670, Spanish Realism.

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES: 1272, Feminism and Film.

Please note: Effective Fall 2015, Vanderbilt University has introduced a new course catalog numbering scheme. For assistance with the translation between old (3-digit) and new (4-digit) numbers, please consult the Course Renumbering Lookup Tool .