Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Description - European Studies

The purpose of the curriculum in European Studies is to prepare students to pursue careers requiring an understanding of all the forces, both material and cultural, contemporary and historical, that are shaping Europe today, in the transitions involved in the post-Soviet era and the movement toward greater political, economic, and cultural integration among the various nations of Europe, West, East, North, and South. One of the main goals of the program is to equip its graduates to work with primary sources in a European language, beginning with substantive study of such sources in regular coursework and in the capstone seminar. Depending on the particular nature of their interests, students should be able to pursue European Studies either as an area concentration for its own sake or as a supplement to the development of particular expertise in a related discipline by combining this with the other discipline as a double major or degree. Students also may focus, within the major, on Hellenic Studies, the European Union, or Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies. European Studies courses are offered by faculty in the following departments and programs: Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication, Comparative Literature, Comparative Religion, Drama, Economics, English, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Geography, Germanics, History, International Studies, Political Science, Public Affairs, Romance Languages and Literature, Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature, and Sociology.

-Christine Ingebritsen, Chair

Admission to Major

Any undergraduate admitted for study as a matriculated student in the College of Arts and Sciences may declare European Studies as a major and work toward the B.A. degree.

Degree Requirements (Autumn 2012)

[Conversion table: JSIS course numbers in effect through Sum 2012]

The foreign language requirement has two phases:

(1) Two years of basic language study, as a prerequisite for (2) 10 credits of approved coursework at the 300 or 400 level either taught in the foreign language or involving extensive foreign language use. Third-year language sequence courses typically are used to satisfy this requirement.

Core Sequence
A core sequence of 20 credits, to include JSIS A 301, Europe Today (5 credits); JSIS A 302, European Politics and Cultures (5); JSIS 201, Making of the 21st Century (5); and a survey course on modern Europe chosen from an approved list (5).

Foreign Study/Experience
One regular academic quarter (at least 9-10 weeks, 10 credits minimum) of study in Europe, normally in the junior year.

15 credits of electives from an approved list of courses in European society and culture (literature, history, political science, geography, economics, art history, sociology, etc.). One course must be designated as a pre-modern elective.

NOTE: For students declaring the major in Autumn Quarter 2012 or after, one course must be designated as a pre-modern elective and another course as a global elective.

  • Provisional list of global electives (becomes effective Autumn Qtr 2012)

Senior Seminar or Thesis Seminar
JSIS A 494, Senior Seminar, or JSIS A 495, Senior Thesis (5 credits). JSIS A 494 is a seminar course in which students research and write a paper of substantial length. Students may opt instead for a thesis project by completing JSIS A 495; see below for information about the research-intensive track in the major ("Options in European Studies").

Overlapping credits
A maximum of 15 credits that are used to fulfill minimum requirements of any other UW major can be counted in this major.

Options in European Studies

Organizing Themes: Majors may organize the major around a region, theme, or disciplinary focus, but they are not required to do so. Two regional options have more formal course patterns: Hellenic Studies and Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies. These options provide for specific course work for the language and foreign study requirements, one or more of the electives, and the Senior Seminar. Details are available in the Office of Student Services.

Research-Intensive: Students also may complete an optional Research-Intensive track, in which they will demonstrate and use the knowledge gained in all previous coursework and experience and make intensive use of foreign language skills in research. Students in the track write a substantial thesis (c. 8,000 words) and complete JSIS A 495, Thesis Seminar (5), taught in spring quarter only.

Research-Intensive Track: Structure, Requirements, Review

Track Requirements

The Research-Intensive track consists of the following

  • Completion of JSIS A 495, Thesis Seminar (5 cr), which may count in place of JSIS A 494 (Senior Seminar). JSIS A 495 is offered in spring quarter only.

Planning for the Research-Intensive Track: Entry to the track requires a formal review. Interested students may submit proposals during the junior year, and should file no later than October 31st of their senior year. NOTE: For 2012-13 proposals, the priority date is extended to November 30, 2012.) Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis; once the spaces in the following year’s Research Intensive track are filled, new proposals will not be considered.

Proposals for the Research-Intensive track will be evaluated according to the following criteria: (a) an essay in which students discuss their proposed research; (b) grades earned in JSIS A 301, JSIS 201, and the required European Survey; (c) grades earned in other courses counting in the major; (d) overall UW GPA. Candidates should have junior standing and are expected to have completed of at least one year of foreign language, with a second year (or beyond) in progress at the time the proposal is submitted. At least 20 credits in the major should be complete at the time of submission.

Students should consult a European Studies adviser when planning for the track. Follow this link for a proposal form for the Research-Intensive track, or obtain a copy in the Jackson School Office of Student Services, Thomson 111.

Minor Requirements

Two years of a continental European language; 15-credit core sequence (JSIS A 301, JSIS 201, and a survey course on modern Europe); 10 credits of approved elective coursework in European society and culture.

Full Program Description (PDF file)

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Current Euro Studies Course Descriptions

Jackson School Advising
University of Washington
111 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-6001 phone
(206) 616-3170 fax

James Donnen
Director, Student Services; Undergraduate Adviser for Asian Studies (East Asia), European Studies, and Departmental Honors

Joni Marts
Undergraduate Adviser for European Studies, JSIS minors, and general advising

Dr. Linda Iltis
Undergraduate Adviser - Lead for International Studies: General, Comparative Religion, Jewish Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Canadian Studies, & Asian Studies: South Asia & Southeast Asia options

Paula Milligan
Graduate Program Adviser for all JSIS Master's Programs

John Charlton
Career and internship adviser for JSIS undergraduates, graduates and alumni

Robyn Davis
Fellowships Coordinator