European and Mediterranean Studies (2022 - 2024)
European and Mediterranean studies is an interdisciplinary major. Students are encouraged to choose courses from across the College and University as they plan their program of study. However, they must always consult with a major adviser to confirm that a course or courses will count toward this major.
Futures of the 20th Century
EURO-UA 645 Geppert. 4 points.
Explores the future’s multifaceted history in twentieth-century Europe and the United States, from the science fiction of the 1920s to the “end of utopia” during the crisis-ridden 1970s. Particular attention will be paid to “enhancements” of the human body; futuristic technologies (flying cars, time machines, computers); and human habitats (the classless city of tomorrow, underwater settlements, space colonies).
The Global Space Age
EURO-UA 646 Geppert. 4 points.
Charts the rise and fall of the so-called Age of Space from a global perspective. Topics: the rocket fad of the Weimar Republic, Nazi wonder weapons, the global UFO craze, the so-called Sputnik shock, and the American moon landings. Addresses the historical origins of techno-nationalism, from the Cold War to today's Space Race in Asia.
EURO-UA 913 May be repeated three times (taken four times total) for credit as content changes. Workshop. 4 points.
Topics vary by semester.
Topics: Europe in the News
EURO-UA 915 Gross. 2 points.
Students examine pressing challenges by reading select news articles, long form journalistic pieces, and/or academic thought pieces. Equips students to engage more critically with the information they receive from both traditional news media and less conventional sources that increasingly structure how large segments of the population think about the world around them.
EURO-UA 950 Prerequisite: permission of the department. Required of all majors. 4 points.
An advanced seminar exploring the changing meaning of Europe, European unity, and European identity over the last century, with an emphasis on the formation of the European Union during the last 65 years and issues facing the EU today.
Topics in European Union Studies
EURO-UA 982 4 points.
Offerings vary. Topics have included: The Rise of Green Parties in Europe; History of Postwar German Politics; Populism in Europe; and the EU in the Age of Globalization.
Topics: European Political Thought Since Rousseau
EURO-UA 983.001 Shaw. 4 points.
Examines the development of political thought in Europe from the second half of the 18th century to the start of the 20th, reviewing the Kantian, Hegelian, and Marxist developments in this tradition. Focuses on the important role played by differing conceptions of freedom, human nature, and history.
Topics: Old Europe and the New Right
EURO-UA 983.002 Shaw. 4 points
Examines the origins of right-wing ideology in European thought since the French Revolution. Explores the emergence of an imagined “old Europe” through mythological ideas about national authenticity, race-based philosophies of history, populism, and anti-rationalism—and the role this fantasy still plays in global right-wing thought.
Internship and Independent Study
EURO-UA 981 Prerequisite: permission of the department. Offered every semester. 4 points.
Advanced students in European and Mediterranean studies can earn academic credit for a structured and supervised experience within an approved organization.
EURO-UA 998 Prerequisite: permission of the department. 4 points.
Interested students should consult with the undergraduate adviser. Requires substantial reading and a research paper.