Schools, Departments & Programs

European Studies, Institute for

Minor in European Union Studies

The European Union now spans from Western Europe to the Baltic Region, Eastern and Central Europe, and to Cyprus. The new Europe manifests itself in different ways—through integrated economic markets, Europe-wide elections, evolving political institutions, and emerging European identity. The European Union minor seeks to address these issues by equipping students with the analytical tools to deal with the "making of the European Union."

Students take one core course in each of three areas and 9 elective credits selected in consultation with the advisor to complete the minor. Students must meet with the Institute for European Studies academic advisor to apply for acceptance.

Required Courses

Students pursuing the minor in European Union Studies are required to complete 18 credit hours of coursework to be distributed as follows. At least 9 credit hours must be at the 300 or 400 level.

  1. Students must complete one course from each of the three areas of concentration (Politics/Public Policy, Economics/Business, and Culture/Identity):
    1. Politics/Public Policy
      • POLS-Y 351/EURO-W 304 Model European Union 
      • POLS-Y 350 Politics of the European Union/EURO-W 405 Special Topics in European Studies Topic: Politics of the European Union 
      • POLS-Y 335 Western European Politics/EURO-W 301 Modern European Politics and Society
    2. Economics/Business
      • BUS-D 301 International Business Environment 
      • BUS-G 494 Public Policy and the International Economy
      • ECON-E 390 Undergraduate Seminar (Approved Topic: Economics of European Integration)
      • INTL-I 300 Topics in International Studies (Approved topic: Issues in Globalization)
      • POLS-Y 376 International Political Economy
    3. Culture/Identity
      • GEOG-G 428 Geography of Europe/EURO-W 405 Special Topics in European Studies (Approved topic: Geography of Europe)
      • EURO-W 405 Special Topics in European Studies (Approved topic: The Idea of Europe)
      • EURO-W 406 Special Topics in European Studies (Approved topic: The Idea of Europe: Order and Identity)
  2. Students are required to complete another 9 elective credit hours. The elective requirement can be met in two ways:
    • Taking additional courses from core courses; or
    • Taking courses selected from the numerous course offerings listed by the Institute for European Studies, the Russian and East European Institute, and Central Eurasian Studies. If the elective requirement is filled with two or more area studies courses, one elective must be related to Eastern/Central Europe and one to Western Europe.

Note: students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in College of Arts and Sciences courses within the 18 credit hours for the minor. At least 9 hours of the minor must be completed on the Bloomington campus. In fulfilling the above requirements, students must also meet all other College requirements for minors.