European Cultural Studies Major - Bachelor of Arts
The objectives for the European Cultural Studies major are:
- to introduce students to the major contours of European history, politics, languages and arts.
- to introduce students to the social, political, economic, and cultural developments of the new unifying Europe.
- The cultural studies component of the major highlights the contentious nature of this "unifying Europe." Thus the major prepares students for work in fields related to Europe and European/American relations. More generally it encourages a more nuanced perception of cultural differences, which in turn affects students' perceptions of themselves and others as participants in an uneasily shared world.
- Cultural studies skills facilitate and enable students to consider the past not just as an academic subject but as an unfolding inherited tradition.
- A B.A. in European Cultural Studies is a preparatory degree for graduate study in numerous fields from international relations to the humanities.
The major consists of 40 credits to be distributed in the following way. Students must complete coursework for the major with a grade of C or better.
One course on
Four focus courses
The focus of the major consists of an individually designed grouping of four courses that will allow students to pursue their interests and will give coherence to the major. Students will discuss their focus with an ECS advisor and submit a proposal to the ECS Steering Committee.
Possible foci include:
At least 2 courses for the focus must be at the 600-level or higher
ECS 550, Critical Methods in Cultural Studies
ECS 798, Thesis Research (1 credit)
*The foundation requirement is designed to give students an introduction to European languages, European social and political institutions, and the European arts and humanities
**Students will work together with their advisors to formulate their topic, consider appropriate approaches, locate relevant resources and write a thesis. At the end of the semester, students present their work to a committee of 3 ECS faculty members.