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Undergraduate Catalog

2012 - 2013

European Studies

The Discipline

European studies is an interdisciplinary degree designed to combine advanced-language experience with study in humanities, social science, and/or business. Courses are taught by European experts from across a variety of BYU's academic departments and are intended to develop skills in analytical thinking, methods of interpretation, perceptive reading, competent writing, as well as an in-depth understanding of European affairs. Building on the University Core and GE Foreign Language requirements, the European studies degree is grounded in an introduction to European studies (Europ 200) and 12 hours of European history.

At the junior level, the degree splits into two tracks:

  • Track A: 12 credit hours in European society which draws from history, political science, economics, business, sociology, and geography.
  • Track B: 12 credit hours of European culture which draws from the humanities, language and literature, art history, philosophy, etc.

At the senior level, students take an additional 12 credit hours focused on an interrelated set of European issues decided upon in conjunction with the European studies coordinator.

Career Opportunities

The European studies degree can lead to a number of excellent career possibilities. With a broad, general background in European languages and area knowledge, graduates are well prepared for careers in international branches of government, nonprofit organizations, international industry and commerce, domestic and foreign teaching, the Peace Corps, the military, and many other professions requiring an expert knowledge of European language, culture, and politics.

The Eurpoean studies major is also excellent training for professional schooling in international business, law, medicine, journalism, editing, advertising, etc. Many previous area studies graduates have chosen jobs in the State Department, Citizenship and Immigration Services, the FBI, and international agencies.

Students are encouraged to double major or at least have a strong minor in another discipline to enhance their career prospects. The combination of European areas studies with another discipline is attractive to employers.