The minor in modern European studies provides a cross disciplinary understanding of social dynamics in Europe from the Enlightenment (18th century) through the present. Modern European studies minors will be prepared for careers in public, private, non-profit, and educational institutions and will be able to apply critical insights on European culture, thought, history and society in their professions. All minors must attain proficiency in French, German, Italian, Spanish or another European Union language at or above the intermediate level (FL 232 or above).

Students must complete 18 credit hours in addition to the language requirement. These 18 credit hours must include six core credits and 12 elective credits. Six elective credits must cover cultureand thought, and six elective credits must cover history and society. The minor’s 18 credits must be distributed across at least three disciplines and must include at least one history course.


Culture and Thought Electives

Choose two from the following: 6 Credit Hours

ARTH 313. Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Art  3.00 (Semester in Florence only)
ARTH 314. Masterpieces of Spanish Art  3.00 (Semester in Salamanca)
ARTH 315. Masterpieces of British Architecture
ARTH 316. Masterpieces of British Art  3.00 (Semester in London)
ARTH 316L. Masterpieces of British Art
ARTH 372. Modern Art From 1900-1945  3.00
ARTH 460. Nineteenth Century Art  3.00
ARTH 466. Art and Nationalism  3.00 1
ARTH 469. Topics in Nineteenth Century Art  3.00
ARTH 472. Modern Art Since 1945  3.00
ENG 325. Romantic Literature  3.00
ENG 327. Gothic Literature  3.00
ENG 329. Victorian Literature  3.00
ENG 330. Nineteenth Century British Novel  3.00
ENG 340. Modern British and Irish Literature  3.00
ENG 341. Contemporary British and Irish Literature  3.00
ENG 375. Irish and Anglo-Irish Literature  3.00
ENG 412L. The London Theatre (London only)
THEA 449L. The London Theatre (London only)
HUM 200L. Great Works - London [C2L]  3.00 The London Theatre (London only)
FR 308. Contemporary French Civilization  3.00
FR 405. Nineteenth-Century French Literature  3.00
FR 425. Twentieth-Century French Literature  3.00
FR 446. Special Topics in French Literature  3.00 2
FR 465. French Cinema 1930-1980  3.00
FR 466. Contemporary French Cinema  3.00
GER 266. Contemporary German Literature in Translation
GER 307. History of German Civilization  3.00
GER 308. Contemporary German Civilization  3.00
GER 405. The Age of German Classicism  3.00
GER 425. Modern German Literature  3.00
GER 465. German Cinema  3.00
ITAL 308. Contemporary Italian Civilization  3.00
HIST 308. Contemporary Italian Civilization  3.00
ITAL 425. Modern Italian Literature  3.00
ITAL 446. Special Topics in Italian Literature  3.00 2
ITAL 465. Italian Cinema  3.00
ITAL 490F. Special Studies in Italian  3.00
PHIL 344. Existentialism  3.00
PHIL 375. Nineteenth Century Philosophy and Theology  3.00
PHIL 390. Special Topics in Philosophy  3.00 2
PHIL 465. Topics in Modern Philosophy  3.00 2
PHIL 468. Phenomenology  3.00
PHIL 470. Topics in Contemporary Continental Philosophy  3.00
PHIL 475. Philosophy Seminar  3.00 2
POSC 316. Contemporary Political Theory  3.00
POSC 321. Political Theory and Ideology  3.00
REL 375. The 19th Century: Age of Ideology  3.00
PHIL 375. Nineteenth Century Philosophy and Theology
SMAD 463L. Film Adaptations  3.00
SPAN 307. Span Civ  3.00
SPAN 335. Introduction to Spanish Literature  3.00
SPAN 335S. Introduction to Spanish Literature  3.00
SPAN 390. Spanish Poetry of the 20th Century  3.00
SPAN 405. Spanish Novels of the 19th and 20th Centuries  3.00
SPAN 406. Spanish Drama of the 19th and 20th Centuries  3.00
SPAN 461. Post War Literature in Spain  3.00
SPAN 465. Cinema and Literature  3.00
SPAN 465S. Cinema and Literature  3.00

History and Society Electives


This course is taught every other fall on campus and is occasionally offered as part of JMU's short–term Study Abroad Summer Program in Berlin.
2 This course may only be used in the minor when its topic is relevant to the minor. Questions should be directed to the minor coordinator.
3 This course may not be double–counted toward the minor.

Total: 18 Credit Hours

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