European Studies  {SF State Bulletin 2011 - 2012}

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European Studies

European Studies Program

SCI 267
Phone: 415-338-2250
Director: Sarah Curtis



Professors: Calderón, Christmas, Curtis, D'Agostino, Kovacs, Klironomos, Luft, Mann, Peel, Perret, Tsygankov, Vandergriff

Associate Professors: Clavier, Concolino, Hackenberg, Hammer, Hood, Khanmohamadi, Laden, Langbehn, Le Marchand, Millet, Nelsen, Rodriguez, Sowaal, Steier, von Wahl, Watts

Assistant Professors: Lisy-Wagner, Martin

Lecturer: Siskron



Minor in European Studies



Program Scope

The European Studies minor is a multidisciplinary program in European history, politics, and culture designed to provide undergraduate students with a broad understanding of European ideas and institutions over time. Europe is intrinsically connected to important concepts and historical developments such as revolution, religion, imperialism, capitalism, industrialization, individualism, democracy, communism, human rights, and welfare states. These concepts, formative for Western society, have had global significance as well. Though no longer dominant, Europe today remains a complex, fascinating, and vital region of the world, and one grappling with an array of fundamental political, socioeconomic, and cultural challenges, from enlarging the European Union to determining the future of the welfare state to integrating former colonial subjects into European societies as full citizens.

This minor allows students to engage critically in the examination of Europe past and present through courses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It is designed to accommodate a wide range of student interests in particular time periods and specific countries. It is especially recommended for students who wish to study abroad in one of SFSU’s exchange programs in Europe and for students considering careers in teaching, the arts, international politics, international business, and the foreign service. In an era of global interdependence, a minor in European Studies demonstrates interest in and knowledge of a region outside of the United States from a multidisciplinary perspective.


Minor in European Studies

The European Studies Minor consists of a core curriculum of 9 to 10 units which contain material and perspectives which reach across the normal disciplinary divisions of the university, plus 12 to 14 units of upper division courses taken from the following categories on advisement. A full list of approved electives is available from the European Studies director. The minor must include courses from at least three different disciplines (prefixes) and two colleges.

All courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.


Core Courses

Course Title Units
HIST 111 Western Civilization II 3
HIST 346/
I R 346 
Recent European History 3

Units selected from the following: 3 - 4 units

Course Title
HIST 348 Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History
HUM 410 The Modern Revolution
PLSI 352 Political Theory: Reformation to Nineteenth Century (4)
PLSI 353 Political Theory: Twentieth Century (4)
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy

Total for core: 9 - 10 units



Under advisement, students are to select one course from Humanities and Literature, one course from Social Sciences, one course from Art History and the Performing Arts, and one course from any of the above areas. These selections may focus on Europe as a civilization (e.g., the formation of Europe, Europe in transition, and contemporary Europe), a section of Europe (e.g., Russia and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the European community, etc.), or on European artistic and intellectual traditions. Elective courses are listed below.


Humanities and Literature (3 units)

Students may choose from appropriate electives in the following departments: Comparative and World Literature, English, French, German, Humanities, Italian, Jewish Studies, Modem Greek Studies, Philosophy, Russian, and Spanish.


Social Sciences (3 - 4 units)

Students may choose from appropriate electives in the following departments: History, International Business, International Relations, Jewish Studies, and Political Science.


Art History and the Performing Arts (3 units)

Students may choose from appropriate electives in the following departments: Art History, Cinema, Music, and Theater Arts.


Additional Elective (3 - 4 units)

Students may choose a fourth elective from any of the three areas (Humanities and Literature, Social Sciences, Art History and the Performing Arts) above.

Total for electives: 12 - 14 units

Total for minor: 21 - 24 units


Foreign Language Requirement

All students completing the European Studies Minor are required to demonstrate intermediate level competency in a language other than English, relevant to the area. This requirement may be met by completing the university entrance requirement of two years of high school language study, one year of successful college level language study, or demonstration of equivalent competency.


Study Abroad

Students completing the European Studies minor are strongly encouraged to participate in study-abroad programs. At the discretion of the European Studies director, courses taken in certified SF State Study-Abroad programs may be substituted for the minor requirements.


Elective Courses

Humanities and Literature (3 units)

Course Title
CWL 415 Literary Use of Legend (European variants)
CWL 420 Studies in Comparative Literature (European variants)
CWL 421 Celtic Literature
CWL 425 Individual Authors (European variants)
ENG 501 Age of Chaucer
ENG 504 The Elizabethan Age
ENG 509 Age of Humanism
ENG 510 Age of Wit
ENG 512 18th-Century Women Writers
ENG 514 Age of the Romantics
ENG 516 Age of the Victorians
ENG 520 Twentieth-Century British Literature
ENG 550 The Rise of the Novel
ENG 552 Modern British Novel
ENG 557 Modern British Poetry
ENG 630 Enlightenment and Revolution
FR 400 GW French Culture - GWAR
FR 410 Contemporary French Civilization
FR 450 French/Francophone Literature, Linguistics, and/or Culture (metropolitan French variants)
FR 500 Introduction to Literary Texts (in French)
FR 501 La Littérature Française à Travers Les Siècles: Thèmes et Genres (in French)
FR 512 Le Merveilleux (in French)
FR 525 17th and 18th Century French Theater (in French)
FR 535 Les Philosophes (in French)
FR 565 L’Humour au 20e siècle (in French)
GER 401 German Culture and Civilization I (in German)
GER 402 German Culture and Civilization II (in German)
GER 502 Contemporary Germany (in German)
GER 613 The Weimar Republic and Its Principle of Discontent (in English)
GER 614 Crisis and Quest or the Emergence of Modernism in German Literature (in English)
GER 617 The Holocaust and Postwar Germany Taught in English
HIST 330/
HUM 403 
The Early Middle Ages
HIST 331/
HUM 404 
The High Middle Ages
HUM 375 Biography of a City (Athens, Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, St. Petersburg, Vienna)
HUM 407 Romanticism and Impressionism
HUM 410 The Modern Revolution
HUM 415 Contemporary Culture
HUM 432 Nietzsche and Postmodernism
HUM 440 Martin Heidegger
HUM 445/
JS 545/
GER 611/
PHIL 420 
German-Jewish Ferment, 1920s-1950s
ITAL 401 Italian Culture and Civilization
ITAL 510 Italian Literature: Early Period (in Italian)
ITAL 511 Italian Literature: Late Period (in Italian)
ITAL 525 Literature of the Risorgimento (in Italian)
ITAL 530 Italian Renaissance Literature (in Italian)
ITAL 550 The Italian Theater (in Italian)
ITAL 560 The Italian Novel (in Italian)
ITAL 570 Italian Women Writers--l3th to 20th Centuries (in Italian)
ITAL 580 Great Figures in Italian Literature (in Italian)
ITAL 581 Divina Commedia (in Italian)
ITAL 600 Italian Literature on Film (in English)
JS 437/
CWL 437 
Holocaust and Literature
JS 480 European Jewish Writers
MGS 315 Modern Greek Folk Culture
MGS 426 Kazantzakis
MGS 465/
CWL 465 
Modern Greek Poetry in Comparative Perspective
MGS 497 Modern Greek Literature
MGS 555 Introduction to Modern Greek Literary Texts
PHIL 302 Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy
PHIL 365 Science and Civilization
RUSS 401 Russian Culture and Civilization (in English)
RUSS 511 Survey of 19th-Century Russian Literature (in English)
RUSS 561 Russian Short Story (in Russian)
RUSS 600 Contemporary Russian Literature (in English)
RUSS 605 Women’s Voices in Russian Literature (in English)
RUSS 610 Dostoevsky (in English)
RUSS 611 Chekhov’s Plays (in English)
RUSS 613 The Russian Novel: Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol (in English)
RUSS 615 The Russian Avant-Garde (in English)
SPAN 401 GW Culture and Civilization of Spain - GWAR
SPAN 562 Cervantes: The Quijote
SPAN 595 Survey in Spanish Literature


Social Sciences (3 - 4 units)

Course Title
HIST 317/
JS 317 
Holocaust and Genocide
HIST 330/
HUM 403 
The Early Middle Ages
HIST 331/
HUM 404 
The Late Middle Ages
HIST 334 The Renaissance
HIST 336 The Reformation
HIST 338 The Age of Louis XIV
HIST 340 Europe during the Old Regime 1715-1789
HIST 342 Europe and the French Revolution
HIST 344 Nineteenth Century Europe
HIST 347 Women in Modern Europe
HIST 385 The Russian Revolution
HIST 386 Soviet Russia, the West, and the Cold War
HIST 389 European International History, 1848-1918
HIST 390 European International History, 1919-1945
HIST 400 Modern European Imperialism
IBUS 593 European Business
I R 327 Europe: Forming a More Perfect Union (4)
I R 328/
PLSI 328 
Domestic and Foreign Policy: Post-Communist Regions (4)
JS 632 Jewish History I
JS 633 Jewish History II
MGS 316 Culture of Contemporary Greece
MGS 350 Greece and the Balkans
MGS 510 The Byzantine Empire
PLSI 352 Political Theory: Reformation to Nineteenth Century (4)
PLSI 353 Political Theory: Twentieth Century (4)
PLSI 407 Politics of Russia (4)
PLSI 414 Western European Politics


Art History and the Performing Arts (3 units)

Course Title
ART 201 Western Art History I
ART 202 Western Art History II
ART 405/
HUM 405 
Art, Literature, and Power in the Renaissance
ART 406 Renaissance Art
ART 408 Baroque and Rococo Art
ART 501 Western Art: Special Areas (European variants)
CINE 401 National/Regional Cinemas (European variants)
JS 405/
CINE 305 
Film and the Holocaust
MUS 550 Music from the Middle Ages to 1750
MUS 551 Classic and Romantic Music
THA 401 Theatre Backgrounds: 500 B.C.-1642
THA 402 Theatre Backgrounds: 1642-1900
THA 534/
JS 534 
Performing Yiddish Theater


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