Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in European Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in European Studies

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in European Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a synthetic understanding of European history and identity over a wide period, from antiquity to the modern era.
  2. Identify and contextualize key aspects of European history and identity—e.g., texts, artifacts, institutions, ideas, events, personalities, and places.
  3. Analyze the aforementioned texts, artifacts, institutions, ideas, events, personalities, and places critically.
  4. Demonstrate successful command of research skills and methodologies appropriate to the major.
  5. Communicate orally in clear, informed, and critical terms about European history and identity.
  6. Produce papers in analytical and persuasive prose following the conventions of humanities scholarship.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in European Studies

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Eurpean Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements.
  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) at the 300-level or above.
  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours), including the Core Requirements and Capstone Requirement, must be taken at Rice.
  • A maximum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional program guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.
  • A Capstone Requirement.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in European Studies30
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in European Studies120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements 1
EURO 101INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE I3
EURO 102INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE II3
Elective Requirements 1
Select 7 additional courses from course offerings (see below for course list)21
Capstone Requirement 1
EURO 401CONSTRUCTING EUROPE: CONTESTED IDENTITIES3
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in European Studies30
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements 30
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information  

Courses to Satisfy Elective Requirements 

Students must complete a total of 7 courses (21 credit hours), of which 5 courses (15 credit hours) must be at the 300-level or above. Student must take 3 elective courses (9 credit hours) from Elective Group A. Students must take 4 elective courses (12 credit hours) from Elective Group B. Within Elective Group B, a maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) can come from any one subject code.

Elective Group A Course List 

Select 3 from the following:
Classical Studies
CLAS 301 / MDEM 301 / PHIL 301ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY3
CLAS 316 / PLST 316DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL THEORY IN ANCIENT GREECE3
CLAS 324 / HART 327THE GENESIS OF ROMAN ART3
CLAS 417 / HART 4103
French Studies
FREN 307THE MANY FACETS OF FRENCH CULTURAL IDENTITY3
FREN 311MAJOR LITERARY WORKS AND ARTIFACTS OF PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE3
FREN 312MAJOR LITERARY WORKS AND ARTIFACTS OF POST-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE3
FREN 323FROM EXISTENTIALISM TO CYBERPUNK3
FREN 324 / POLI 324 / RELI 476FROM DECOLONIZATION TO GLOBALIZATION3
FREN 350PARIS3,4
FREN 355 / ENGL 355MODERN SHORT STORY: TOWARDS AN ETHICS OF FICTION3
FREN 407CINEMA IN FRENCH3
FREN 415 / MDEM 425COURTLY LOVE IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE3
FREN 416 / MDEM 436LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE MIDDLE AGES: KING ARTHUR3
FREN 424 / SWGS 424WOMEN IN FRANCE3
FREN 450READING CLOSELY THE GREAT POETS OF THE 19TH CENTURY3
FREN 453IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP IN CONTEMPORARY FRANCE3
FREN 495THE FRENCH AVANT-GARDE: SYMBOLISM, DADAISM, SURREALISM, CONTEMPORARY CINEMA3
German Studies
GERM 305ENLIGHTENMENT AND ROMANTICISM (1750-1850)3
GERM 307FOLK AND FAIRY TALE IN GERMAN: TRADITION, STRUCTURE, ARTISTRY3
GERM 309GERMAN POETRY3
GERM 311BERLIN: PAST AND PRESENT3
GERM 322 / HUMA 322MARX, FREUD, EINSTEIN: FOREBEARERS OF MODERNITY3
GERM 324 / HUMA 324BERLIN: RESIDENCE, METROPOLIS, CAPITAL3
GERM 325 / HUMA 325MODERN GERMAN WRITERS: KAFKA3
GERM 326 / HUMA 372THE GERMAN FAIRY TALE: OLD AND NEW3
GERM 327GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM IN EUROPEAN CONTEXT: HISTORY, LITERATURE AND FINE ARTS3
GERM 329 / HUMA 329LITERATURE OF THE HOLOCAUST AND EXILE3
GERM 330LITERATURE AND FILM IN EAST GERMANY: BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN3
GERM 333NIETZSCHE: PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, HISTORY3
GERM 334NATIONALISM AND CITIZENSHIP3
GERM 338 / HUMA 373/ SWGS 361NEW GERMAN FILM: HITLER'S CINEMATIC CHILDREN3
GERM 339 / HART 398FROM EXPRESSIONISM TO FASCISM: ART AND FILM IN GERMANY3
GERM 340 / HUMA 340WALTER BENJAMIN: AESTHETICS, HISTORY AND POLITICS3
GERM 345 / HIST 355FROM DEMOCRACY TO DICTATORSHIP: GERMAN HISTORY, 1890-19453
GERM 351 / HART 387HOLOCAUST MEMORY IN MODERN GERMANY3-4
GERM 352POLITICS OF THE FLESH IN GERMAN LITERATURE, THOUGHT AND FILM3
GERM 363THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC, 1919-19333
GERM 401TOPICS IN GERMAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE1-3
GERM 420GERMAN POLITICS/CULTURE AFTER 19453
GERM 430GERMAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY3
Latin
LATI 316READINGS IN VIRGIL'S AENEID3
LATI 317READINGS IN LIVY3
LATI 318READINGS IN CICERO3
Politics, Law, and Social Thought
PLST 301MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT: MACHIAVELLI TO RAWLS3
PLST 302CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY3

Elective Group B Course List 

Select 4 from the following: 1
English
ENGL 314 / MDEM 319MEDIEVAL ROMANCE3
ENGL 317 / MDEM 317 / SWGS 301ARTHURIAN LITERATURE3
ENGL 321EARLY SHAKESPEARE3
ENGL 323RENAISSANCE DRAMA3
ENGL 326TOPICS IN RENAISSANCE LITERATURE AND CULTURE3
ENGL 328MILTON3
ENGL 330ORIGINS OF THE ENGLISH NOVEL3
ENGL 332LITERATURE OF THE BRITISH ENLIGHTENMENT3
ENGL 33318TH CENTURY BRITISH FICTION3
ENGL 338BRITISH ROMANTICISM3
ENGL 341VICTORIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE3
ENGL 343 / SWGS 343JANE AUSTEN'S WORLDS3
ENGL 346THE MODERNIST NOVEL IN BRITAIN3
ENGL 356MODERNISMS3
Cinema and Media Studies
FILM 388 / HART 388POST WAR EUROPEAN CINEMA4
Art History
HART 330 / MDEM 330EARLY MEDIEVAL ART3
HART 332 / MDEM 332ART OF THE COURTS3
HART 340 / MDEM 340NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART3
HART 341EARLY RENAISSANCE ART IN ITALY3
HART 342THE HIGH RENAISSANCE AND MANNERISM IN ITALY3
HART 344CAPITALISM AND CULTURE3
HART 354AGE OF ROMANTICISM IN EUROPE3
HART 358IMPRESSIONISM AND POST-IMPRESSIONISM3
HART 365ART BETWEEN THE WARS: EUROPEAN MODERNISM, 1918-19403
HART 378 / MDEM 378DUTCH ART IN THE AGE OF REMBRANDT3
HART 434 / MDEM 434 / SWGS 434SEEING SEX IN EUROPEAN ART, 1400-17003
HART 435 / HIST 443 / MDEM 435MULTICULTURAL EUROPE, 1400-17003
HART 452MANET(S) AND MODERNISM(S)3
History
HIST 307IMPERIAL ROME FROM CAESAR TO DIOCLETIAN3
HIST 308 / MDEM 308THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY3
HIST 324 / MDEM 324COEXISTENCE IN MEDIEVAL SPAIN3
HIST 340 / SWGS 345HISTORY OF FEMINISM3
HIST 344EUROPEAN REFORMATIONS3
HIST 356AFTER NAZISM: GERMAN HISTORY, 1945 - PRESENT3
HIST 357 / MDEM 357JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE3
HIST 370EUROPEAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY: BACON TO HEGEL3
HIST 371HISTORY OF MODERN FRANCE3
HIST 375EUROPEAN ROMANTICISM, 1750-18503
HIST 392PRE-MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT FROM CICERO TO LOCKE3
HIST 409MUSLIMS, JEWS, CHRISTIANS, HERETICS, AND PAGANS IN THE AGE OF THE CRUSADES3
HIST 434ISLAM AND THE WEST3
HIST 448WESTERN EUROPEAN WELFARE STATE, 1880-1980: ORIGINS, CONSOLIDATIONS, CRISIS3
HIST 457FOUR MODERN REVOLUTIONS: 1776, 1789, 1917, 19893
HIST 459TOPICS IN MODERN GERMAN HISTORY: NAZISM AND THE HOLOCAUST3
Philosophy
PHIL 302MODERN PHILOSOPHY3
PHIL 308CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY3
PHIL 326HISTORY OF ETHICS3
PHIL 327HISTORY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY3
Religion
RELI 363JEWISH PHILOSOPHY: GREAT THINKERS AND THEMES IN JEWISH THOUGHT3
RELI 384PILGRIMAGE AND CRUSADE3
RELI 406CHRISTIANITY AND LATE ANTIQUITY3
RELI 449EARLY CHRISTIAN CONTROVERSIES3
Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies
SPPO 347INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE3
SPPO 380CURRENT ISSUES IN SPAIN3
SPPO 381SPANISH CINEMA3
SPPO 462DON QUIJOTE3
SPPO 466THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR3

Footnotes and Additional Information

Additional Information

Honors Thesis

Majors in European Studies may fulfill 2 of their elective courses (6 credit hours) by writing an honor thesis in their final year of study. This Honors Thesis course will be a 3 credit hour course that can be repeated in two semesters, Fall and Spring.

European Languages

The major in European Studies does not include a language requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue the study of at least one European language (up to and) at an advanced level. Majors with an interest in a European language, however, may take up to two elective courses in that language at the 300-level or above that will count toward the major. These courses constitute two of the elective courses required for the major. These courses do not include FREN 301, FREN 302 or GERM 301, GERM 302.

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in European Studies

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in European Studies should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 4 courses (12 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing may apply towards the major.
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Classical and European Studies website: https://ces.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in European Studies

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Classical and European Studies website: https://ces.rice.edu/

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this major.