The European Studies Program is designed to provide students with a basis for graduate study in fields such as history, journalism, and law, as well as other professional careers.
The program offers an interdisciplinary major (B.A.) and minor.
If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in European Studies or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.
Requirements for the Major (B.A.)
interdisciplinary, 11 courses
EUST 101 and 102 (HIST 101 and 105 may be substituted in consultation with an adviser); one European Studies theory course; one European Studies fine or performing arts course; two semesters of a European language at a level appropriate to the student; and five additional courses focused on a single theme in European Studies.
Requirements for the Minor
interdisciplinary, 7 courses
EUST 101 or 102 (HIST 101 or 105 may be substituted in consultation with an adviser); one European Studies theory course; one European Studies fine or performing arts course; one semester of a European language at a level appropriate to the student; three additional courses focused on a single theme in European Studies.
Concentration Requirements in European Studies
Five courses must be organized around a particular theme that should be chosen in consultation with a European Studies adviser. Students are encouraged to pursue genuinely transnational studies, or studies of European institutions and ideas across time. But if a student wishes to concentrate on a particular European society, or a particular period in European history, such concentrations can be accommodated. Concentrations ought to be as multidisciplinary as possible. Within the five courses that make up the concentration, students are required to select courses from at least three different departments.
Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with an understanding of the many facets of European Studies.
Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making European Studies a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
ARTH 230 The Age of Michelangelo
Learn about the art of the High Renaissance and Mannerism in Florence, Rome, and a few North Italian cities. Explore the evolution of the two styles in the work of painters and sculptors, such as Raphael, Pontormo, Correggio, Cellini, and Anguissola, with special emphasis on Michelangelo. Delve into the new ideologies of art as Art and to the cult of genius, as well as the propagandistic aesthetics of the court of Cosimo I de' Medici in Florence. Then, study the avant-garde movements in art in ARTH 250 Modern Art 1900-1960.
MUS 130 Beethoven: The Man and His Music
This course deals specifically with the music of Beethoven. Among the compositions carefully examined and listened to are his nine symphonies; his opera Fidelio; concertos such as The Emperor; piano sonatas such as The Pathetique, Appassionata, and Moonlight; selected string quartets; and his Missa Solemnis. Beethoven's place in history, his personality, his leading the way to individualism and subjective feeling in music, and his vision of human freedom and dignity are also explored. Next, consider Russian composers in 150 In a Russian Voice: Music from Glinka to Stravinsky.
ECON 212 Environmental Economics
Apply basic micro-economic principles to understanding environmental issues and possible solutions. Explore the questions: How much pollution is too much? Is government up to the job? How can we do better? How do we resolve global issues? Using theory and practice, learn how basic principles from economic theory can be applied to environmental questions and then look at how these principles have been used to implement policy nationally and internationally. Next, take an in-depth look at pollution and recycling in ENV 204 Geography of Garbage.