Requirements for the Major and Minor in European Studies (EUR)

Requirement for the Major

The major in European Studies leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. 18 credits for the major must be earned in courses numbered 300 or higher.

Completion of the major requires 45 credits.

1. Core Courses

  • EUR 101 The Foundations of European Culture
  • EUR 201 The Development of European Culture
  • EUR 401 Senior Research Seminar in European Studies

2. Study of a European Language

  • Four courses in one European language, two at the 200-level, and two at the 300-level or higher.

3. European History

  • HIS 101 European History: from Antiquity to Revolution
  • HIS 102 Modern European History from 1789 to 1945

4. Concentration Requirement

  • Four courses in one of the following concentrations, chosen in consultation with an advisor and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

A. European History

B. European Civilization Yesterday and Today

C. The Ancient and Medieval Foundations of Europe

D. European Art History and Music

E. European Politics and Economics

  • POL 305 Government and Politics of the United Kingdom
  • POL 309 Politics in the European Union
  • POL 350 Contemporary European Political Theory
  • POL 392 Topics in Political Science and the European Tradition
  • ECO 317 Marxist Political Economy

Note: Students who choose this concentration are encouraged to double major with either Political Science or Economics, or to take certain additional courses not required by the major.

F. European Philosophy 

G. European Literatures

  • EGL 205, EGL 206 Survey of British Literature I, II
  • EGL 231/HUR 231 Saints and Fool
  • EGL 232/HUR 232 Rebels and Tyrants
  • EGL 243 Shakespeare: The Major Works
  • EGL 302 Medieval Literature in English
  • EGL 304 Renaissance Literature in English
  • EGL 306 English Literature of the 17th Century
  • EGL 310 Neoclassical Literature in English
  • EGL 312 Romantic Literature in English
  • EGL 314 Victorian Literature
  • EGL 340 Chaucer
  • EGL 342 Milton
  • EGL 344 Major Writers of the Renaissance Period in England
  • EGL 345, 346 Shakespeare I, II
  • EGL 347 Major Writers of the Neoclassical Period of England
  • EGL 348 Major Writers of the Romantic Period in England
  • EGL 349 Major Writers of the Victorian Period in England
  • EGL 376 The Literature of Imperialism
  • HUF 311 French Literature in Translation
  • HUG 321 Topics in the Literature of Germany
  • HUI 234 Introduction to Twentieth-Century Drama
  • HUI 235 Sex, Love, and Tragedy in Early Italian Literature
  • HUI 331 Topics in Italian Literature
  • HUR 141 Literature and Empire
  • HUR 142 Literature and Revolution
  • HUR 235 Crime and Punishment in World Literature
  • HUR 241 Special Russian Author in Translation
  • HUR 341 Topics in Russian Literature
  • HUR 393 Literary Analysis of Russian Texts in Translation

Note: Students who wish to take 300-level EGL courses must first comple­te EGL 204. Also, courses in Euro­­pe­an literature taught in the or­iginal languages may be chosen to fulfill requirements of this concentration.

H. European Cinema and Drama

  • HUF 211 French Cinema
  • HUG 221 German Cinem since 1945
  • HUI 231 Sex and Politics in Italian Cinema
  • HUR 241 Russian Cinema
  • THR 315 European History and Drama: The Classical Era
  • THR 316 European History and Drama: The Modern Era

5. Breadth Requirement

  • Two courses in one other program concentration, also chosen in consultation with the EUR Program Coordinator.
Note: To insure that students are broadly educated, no more than four courses within the concentration and breadth requirements may bear a single designator or be offered within a single department.

6. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Before the second semester of the junior year, a student in the EUR major shall submit to the program coordinator two papers, each written for a different instructor, together with the instructor's written confirmation that the paper demonstrates suitably advanced writing proficiency. Both of the courses in which the papers were written must be upper-division and taken for the major. The student must notify the instructor before turning in the papers that they are intended to satisfy this requirement in addition to the course requirements.
Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

The Honors Program in European Studies

To be eligible to participate in the honors program, majors must have an overall g.p.a. of 3.00 and an average g.p.a. of 3.50 in European Studies through their junior year. An eligible student wishing to write a senior thesis must find a faculty member to act as thesis advisor. The student, with the approval of this advisor, must submit a proposal of a project in writing to the Director of Under­graduate Studies. The deadline for submission of the proposal is April 30 for the spring semester, and November 30 for the fall semester. Selection of candidates and topics is made by a committee within the Department. Students chosen for the honors program must enroll in EUR 495 for the semester in which the thesis is written. The thesis is evaluated by the thesis advisor, and approved by two additional faculty. For further information consult the Director of Undergrad­uate Studies.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor in European Studies is designed to provide an overview of the discipline and to complement most majors. At least 12 of the 30 credits required for the minor must be taken at Stony Brook.

1. Core Courses

  • EUR 101 The Foundations of European Culture
  • EUR 201 The Development of European Culture

2. Studies in a European Language

  • Four courses in one European language, two at the 200-level, and two at the 300-level or higher.

3. Elective courses

  • Four courses chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Three of the courses must be within a particular concentration.

Declaration of the Minor

Students must declare the European Studies minor no later than the middle of their junior year, at which time they consult with the program advisor and plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.