European Area Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joseph Julian

Director: Kay Lawson
HSS 327

Professors—Bonds, Bradley, D'Agostino, Girard, Glanville, Kidner, Lawson, Luft, Nathan, Peters, Rappe, Stolz

Associate Professor—Steier

Minor in European Area Studies

Program Scope
We are entering an age of increasing regional and world-wide interdependence and integration, both economically and socio-politically. In no part of the globe are these developments more keenly felt than in Europe, where the economic and political integration of the European Economic Community steadily advances, attracting new members and new aspirants to membership from Eastern Europe, and where the failure to abandon old nationalistic ties is wreaking such havoc in former Yugoslavia. Understanding these developments is crucial to our understanding of the human polity and of the European civilization that constitutes one of the most important roots of the American heritage. The economic integration of West Europe has changed the nature of international relations, as well as internal domestic politics within the European Economic Community. The multicultural nature of American life has European civilization as one of its most important roots, yet many American students seem oblivious to that part of their heritage.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once opened an address to the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) with the salutation, "Dear Fellow Immigrants." This was his way of reminding even the oldest, most established and venerably patriotic Americans that we all came here from elsewhere, often to escape religious, economic, or political oppression. This minor in European Area Studies is intended to remind the sons and daughters of the earliest immigrants from Northern and Western Europe prior to the 1890's of their cultural roots and heritage and to help them overcome sometimes latent, sometimes overt ethnocentrism and cultural bias in believing themselves the only "true Americans." It is also intended to inform interested students descending from other roots about the Eurocentric aspects of American culture which can produce such ethnocentrism. Thus, this minor seeks to improve students' multicultural sensitivity and understanding, and will give focus to the campus-wide commitment to "internationalizing the curriculum."

In addition to this need for an increase in general awareness, there is a need for a carefully designed program to relate student career and intellectual interests. The ability to link their majors to a European Area Studies Minor will be especially attractive to students in international business, foreign languages, history, political science, international relations, the arts, humanities, and in teaching K-12 and in colleges. Armed with knowledge rather than guns, the graduates of tomorrow must be able to work competitively and cooperatively with their European counterparts. We must go beyond the survivalist imperative of peaceful resolution of conflict and develop an appreciation of and concern for other peoples. The European Area Studies Minor will be one among a number of proposed programs at S.F. State which hold great promise to meet these needs now pressing upon us.


The European Area Studies Minor consists of a core curriculum of nine to ten units which contain material and perspectives which reach across the normal disciplinary divisions of the university, plus fifteen to seventeen units of upper division courses taken from the following list on advisement. The minor must include courses from at least three different disciplines (prefixes) and two colleges.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Course Disciplines listing in the "Announcement of Courses" section).

Core Courses					Units
HIST 111	History of Western Civilization	    3
HIST/IR 346	Recent European History		    3
One course selected from the following:		  3-4
	HIST 344	Nineteenth Century 
	HUM 465		Contemporary Culture
	PLSI 352	Political Theory: 
			Reformation to Nineteenth 
			Century (4)
	PLSI 353	Political Theory: 
			Twentieth Century (4)
	PLSI 402	Politics of Western 
			Europe (4)
		Total for core			 9-10
Elective Courses
Students are to select two courses from 
Humanities and Literature; two courses from 
History, the Social Sciences, and International 
Business; and one course from Art History and 
the Performing Arts. 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 the European artistic 
and intellectual traditions.
Humanities and Literature			    6
	ENG 422		History of the English 
	ENG 552		Modern British Novel
	FR 410		Contemporary French 
	GER 402		Contemporary German 
	HIST 330/HUM 420 The Early Middle Ages
	HIST 331/HUM 421 The High Middle Ages
	HUM 430		Renaissance Culture
	HUM 440		Baroque Culture
	HUM 450		Romanticism and 
	HUM 460/PHIL 304 The Modern Revolution
	ITAL 401	Italian Culture and 
	NEXA 387	Origins of Modern Science
	PHIL 302	Medieval Philosophy
	PHIL 303	Modern Philosophy
	RUSS 401	Russian Culture and 
	SPAN 401	Culture and Civilization 
			of Spain
	WCL 445		National Literatures 
			[Europe variants]
	WCL 490		Modern Continental Novel
International Business and the Social Sciences	  6-8
	ECON 600	International Economics
	ECON 611	Socialist Economic Systems
	HIST 330/HUM 420 The Early Middle Ages
	HIST 331/HUM 421 The High 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 
	HIST 343	Europe in the Age of 
	HIST 344	Nineteenth Century Europe
	HIST 384	Imperial Russia
	IBUS 593	Doing Business in Europe
	IR 327		Western European Foreign 
			Policy (4)
	IR 328		Soviet and East European 
			Relations (4)
	PLSI 352	Political Theory: Reformation 
			to Nineteenth Century (4)
	PLSI 353	Political Theory: Twentieth 
			Century (4)
	PLSI 370	Classical Marxism (4)
	PLSI 402	Politics of Western 
			Europe (4) [All topics]
	PLSI 405	Politics of France (4)
	PLSI 407	Politics of the USSR (4)
	PLSI 413	Comparative Communism (4)
Art History and the Performing Arts		    3
	ART 201		Western Art History I
	ART 202		Western Art History II
	ART 203		Modern Art History
	MUS 550		Music from the Middle 
			Ages to 1750
	MUS 551		Classic and Romantic 
	THA 401		Theatre Backgrounds: 
			500 B.C.-1642
	THA 402		Theatre Backgrounds: 
		Total for electives		15-17
		Total for minor			24-27
Foreign Language Requirement
All students completing the European Area 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 by demonstration of equivalent competency.

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