THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

EUROPEAN STUDIES PROGRAM OVERVIEW

European Studies is an interdisciplinary program drawing on the courses, faculty, and resources of a large number of UNM departments, with a central orientation toward Europe. Housed under the umbrella of the International Studies Institute (ISI), it provides undergraduate Minor and Major programs (described below), guest lectures, special events, and summer scholarships for students in international studies.

The core elements of the program, the European Studies Minor and Major, allow students to combine studies in European languages, humanities, and social sciences with studies in such fields as fine arts or business, creating a customized interdisciplinary undergraduate concentration.

Undergraduate Programs in European Studies

Requirements for Major
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The interdisciplinary European Studies MAJOR requires 36 hours of work in approved courses from a broad range of departmental offerings (listed in a separate catalog). All students must take 12 hours of courses in a European language other than English or have certifiable reading knowledge of such a language. Students are further required to take a minimum of three hours in courses with predominantly European content and focus from each of the following four general areas:

       Fine Arts (Art/Art History, Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theater Arts)

       History

       Literature and Philosophy (English, Comparative Literature, Modern and Classical European Languages, Philosophy)

       Social Science (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology)

In addition to the distribution requirements outlined above, students must take the interdisciplinary "European Studies Seminar" (3 hours), plus an additional 9 hours from any of the courses in the approved European Studies catalog. Selected courses must meet the following guidelines:

  • no more than six hours below the 300 level (except for language courses);
  • no more than twelve hours in any one department;
  • no more than three hours in undergraduate readings or individual studies courses.

Students are encouraged, when possible, to construct with the advice of the European Studies program director a "disciplinary focus" tied to the departmental discipline in which they take the majority of their courses.

Requirements for Minor
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The interdisciplinary European Studies MINOR requires 30 hours of work in approved courses from a broad range of departmental offerings (listed in a separate catalog). All students must take 12 hours of courses in a European language other than English or have certifiable reading knowledge of such a language. Students are further required to take a minimum of three hours in courses with predominantly European content and focus from three of the following four general areas:

       Fine Arts (Art/Art History, Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theater Arts)

       History

       Literature and Philosophy (English, Comparative Literature, Modern and Classical European Languages, Philosophy)

       Social Science (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology)

In addition to the distribution requirements outlined above, students must take an additional 9 hours from any of the courses in the approved European Studies catalog. Selected courses must meet the following guidelines:

  • no more than six hours below the 300 level (except for language courses);
  • no more than nine hours in any one department;
  • no more than three hours in undergraduate readings or individual studies courses.

 

Approved Course Listing

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The list of approved courses for the European Studies major/minor is a compilation of all undergraduate courses offered by UNM which are devoted in major part to European orientations. In addition to courses offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, this list includes certain courses in the College of Fine Arts, the School of Architecture and Planning, the Anderson Schools of Management, and the Law School. Students may obtain a copy of the list of approved courses from the European Studies program director or from the Office of International Programs and Services, Mesa Vista Hall 2111.

Language Studies

The University of New Mexico offers instruction in many European languages, including French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish. In addition to regular course offerings on the main UNM campus, intensive instruction in German is available at a special summer session in the Taos Ski Valley. For more information on this program, students may contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Study in Europe

The University of New Mexico European Studies program encourages students to explore opportunities to study at European universities. UNM students may arrange to exchange places for a year with students from European institutions. Full information on these programs is available through the Office of International Programs and Services, Mesa Vista Hall 2111.

International Studies Institute Summer Scholarship

Annual summer scholarship funds are awarded on application to outstanding students who wish to participate in an intensive language program, an international exchange program, or a similar worthy research project related to international studies. Applications are accepted early in the spring semester. Consult the International Studies Institute office or affiliated faculty in European Studies for more information.

INFORMATION

Further information on the European Studies Program at the University of New Mexico may be obtained from the ES Program Director (eurost@unm.edu), from other members of the European Studies faculty, or from the Office of International Programs and Services (Mesa Vista Hall 2111, Phone 505-277-4032).