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Modern European Studies 

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 culture and 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.

Core      

Credit Hours

Choose two from the following:

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HIST 202. Europe Since 1815

           

HIST 382. Europe in the 20th Century

           

POSC 344. Politics of the European Union

           

POSC 345. Politics of Western Europe

           

POSC 346. Politics of Central and Eastern Europe

           

Culture and Thought Electives

           

Choose two from the following:

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ARTH 313. Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Art

           

ARTH 314. Masterpieces of Spanish Art

           

ARTH 315. Masterpieces of British Architecture

           

ARTH 316 or ARTH 316L. Masterpieces of British Art

           

ARTH 372. Modern Art from 1900–1945

           

ARTH 460. Nineteenth Century Art

           

ARTH 466. Art and Nationalism1

           

ARTH 469. Topics in Nineteenth Century Art

           

ARTH 472. Modern Art Since 1945

           

ENG 325. Romantic Literature

           

ENG 327. The Gothic: Change and Continuity

           

ENG 329. Victorian Literature

           

ENG 330. The 19th–Century English Novel

           

ENG 340. Modern British and Irish Literature

           

ENG 341. Contemporary British and Irish Literature

           

ENG 375. Irish and Anglo–Irish Literature

           

ENG 412L/THEA 449L/HUM 200L. The London Theatre (London only)

           

FR 308. Contemporary French Civilization

           

FR 405. Nineteenth–Century French Literature

           

FR 425. 20th Century French Literature

           

FR 446. Special Topics in Linguistics, Literature or Civilization2

           

FR 465. French Cinema, 1930–1980

           

FR 466. Contemporary French Cinema

           

GER 266. Contemporary German Literature in Translation

           

GER 307. History of German Civilization

           

GER 308. Contemporary German Civilization

           

GER 405. The Age of German Classicism

           

GER 426. Modern German Literature

           

GER 465. German Cinema

           

ITAL/HIST 308. Contemporary Italian Civilization

           

ITAL 425. Modern Italian Literature

           

ITAL 446. Special Topics in Italian Literature2

           

ITAL 465. Italian Cinema

           

ITAL 490F. Wine and Culture in Italy

           

PHIL 344. Existentialism

           

PHIL 375. Nineteenth–Century Philosophy and Theology

           

PHIL 390. Special Topics in Philosophy2

           

PHIL 465. Topics in Modern Philosophy2

           

PHIL 468. Phenomenology

           

PHIL 470. Topics in Contemporary Continental Philosophy

           

PHIL 475. Philosophy Seminar2

           

POSC 316. Contemporary Political Theory

           

POSC 321. Political Theory and Ideology

           

REL/PHIL 375. The 19th Century: Age of Ideology

           

SMAD 463L. Film Adaptations

           

SPAN 307. Spanish Civilization

           

SPAN 335 or SPAN 335S. Introduction to Spanish Literature

           

SPAN 390. Spanish Poetry of the 20th Century

           

SPAN 405. Spanish Novels of the 19th and 20th Centuries

           

SPAN 406. Spanish Drama of the 19th and 20th Centuries

           

SPAN 461. Postwar Literature in Spain

           

SPAN 465 or SPAN 465S. Spanish Cinema and Literature

           

History and Society Electives

           

Choose two of the following:

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GEOG 332. Geography of Europe

           

HIST 202. Europe Since 18153

           

HIST 301. European Military History

           

HIST 308. Contemporary Italian Civilization

           

HIST 321. European Women's History

           

HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History2

           

HIST 382. Europe in the 20th Century3

           

HIST 384. England and the Empire–Commonwealth

           

HIST 388. Germany Since 1871

           

HIST 462. The Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany, 1918–1945

           

HIST 478. Eastern Europe

           

HIST 484. 19th–Century European Civilization, 1815–1914

           

HIST 486. Europe Since 1914

           

HIST 487. World War II

           

HIST 488. The Holocaust in Global Context

           

HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History2

           

IB 298I. Special Topics in International Business (Salamanca only)

           

SMAD/SCOM/WRTC 360L. British Media and Society

           

POSC 344. Politics of the European Union3

           

POSC 345. Politics of Western Europe3

           

POSC 346. Politics of Central and Eastern Europe3

           

POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics2, 3

           

POSC 371F. Comparative Politics: Italian Politics and Society

           

POSC 371S. Comparative Politics: Spain/US

           

POSC/SCOM/SMAD 472L. Media and Politics (London only)

           


 

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1 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.