European Studies Minor

The European Studies minor allows students to develop expertise in European studies as a supplement to their regular disciplinary major(s). The minor consists of a series of classes that examine the languages, cultures, religions, history, geography, politics, art and music of Europe.

Who should declare a minor in European Studies?

  • Students interested in European history, art, culture and politics
  • Students who want to study or work in Europe or have already spent some time in Europe
  • Students preparing for careers in international politics, international business, foreign service, or teaching
  • Students who wish to demonstrate regional expertise to employers or graduate schools

Required Credits

A minimum of 24 credits is required to complete the European Studies minor.

Required Courses

59-402 Seminar in International Studies or 
59-403 Honors: Seminar in International Studies

Other Requirements

Students must complete 21 additional credits from courses in the European Studies course list.

European Studies Courses


Art 209                  Art History Survey I
Art 210                  Art History Survey II
Art 310                  Art History, Ancient Art
Art 311                  Art History, Medieval Art
Art 312                  Art History, Gothic Art and Architecture
Art 313                  Art History, Italian Renaissance
Art 314                  Art History, Northern Renaissance Art
Art 315                  Art History, European Baroque and Rococo Art, 17th and 18th Centuries
Art 320                  Art History, European Art, 19th-Century
Art 321                  Art History, Modern, 1900-1945
Art 325                  Art History, Greek and Roman Art


Economics 309       Marxian Economics
Economics 420       International Finance and Trade
Economics 421       Honors: International Finance and Trade
Economics 427       Economic and Social Development of Great Britain
Economics 428       Economics of European Integration and Growth


English 210             Classical and Medieval Literature
English 225             Modern British Literature
English 351             Medieval Literature: Optional Content
English 365             Modern British Fiction: Optional Content


French 306             Contemporary France
French 309             French Speaking Societies and Cultures
French 315             Medieval and Modern French Literature
French 318             French Literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries
French 321             French and Francophone Literature of the 20th Century
French 330             French Civilization
French 331             La Civilisation française à travers les arts
French 401             Thèmes littèraires
French 403             Le genre littéraire
French 405             Le cinéma français


German 306           Landeskunde: Introduction to the German-Speaking World
German 308           Introduction to German Literature
German 315           Medieval and Early Modern German Literature
German 318           German Literature of the late 18th and 19th Centuries
German 321           German Literature of the Twentieth Century to the Present
German 323           Multicultural Germany
German 325           German Mass Media and Current Events
German 327           The German Fairy Tale Tradition
German 330           German Civilization


Spanish 315           Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literatures
Spanish 318           Spanish Literatures: 18th Century to the Present
Spanish 332           Spanish Civilization
Spanish 362           Special Topics in Spanish Literature: Optional Content
Spanish 363           Special Topics in Spanish Civilization: Optional Content
Spanish 401           Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Spanish 404           Spanish Golden Age Literature
Spanish 412           The 20th Century


Geography 331      Europe
Geography 338      Russian Realm


History 101            Early Civilization
History 102            Modern Civilization
History 103            Honors: Modern Civilization
History 302            Ancient Greece
History 303            Roman History
History 304            Early Middle Ages, 300-1050
History 305            Late Middle Ages, 1050-1450
History 306            The Crusades
History 308            Renaissance Europe
History 309            The Viking Age
History 310            Reformation Europe
History 312            Special Topics in European History: Optional Content
History 316            Romanticism and Revolution in Europe
History 318            Modernism and Nationalism in Europe
History 319            Europe Since 1914
History 322            European Absolutism
History 323            Old Regime, French Revolution and Napoleon, 1763-1815
History 329            Culture and Society in Eighteenth Century France
History 330            Imperial Germany
History 331            Germany from World War I to Present
History 332            Rise and Fall of Third Reich, 1919-1945
History 333            The Holocaust
History 334            Women in Modern European History
History 340            The Scientific Revolution
History 343            Religion in Modern Europe
History 344            Europe since 1945
History 350            Modern East Europe
History 370            Russia to 1861
History 371            Modern Russia
History 372            Medieval Britain to 1485
History 373            Early Modern Britain: 1485 – 1714
History 374            Modern Britain: 1714 – Present
History 412            European History Seminar


Music 205              Survey of Music History I
Music 207              Survey of Music History II


Philosophy 301       History of Ancient Western Philosophy
Philosophy 305       History of Modern Western Philosophy

Political Science

Poli Science 301     European Union Politics
Poli Science 309     West European Politics
Poli Science 317     United States Foreign Policy
Poli Science 336     Russian Politics

Religious Studies

Rel. Studies 210     Christianity

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students in the European Studies Minor are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities offered by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Below is a list of  faculty-led programs offered in Europe. For more information about these and other programs please go to the website of the Office of International Education at

Please note that while most of the courses offered on these programs do not automatically count towards the European Studies Minor, you can talk to the European Studies coordinator to ask about curriculum modifications.


Study Abroad Programs Offered by European Studies Faculty

Contemporary Art at the Venice Biennale in Italy

Courses: Art 322 and Art 326


20th Century Eastern Europe and the Holocaust, Poland and Lithuania

Courses: History 333 and 336


Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs in Europe

University Honors Program, England      

Course: Honors 275


Mathematics Education in Germany

Courses: Math 430, 746


Modern Democratic Politics in Europe

Courses: PolSci 301 and 312

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, France and England

Course: Criminal Justice 375


Culture and Communication, Greece and Italy

Course: Communication 405



Culture and Style, England and Italy               

Courses: Theatre 202 and 463


Essentials of Operations of Management, Ireland

Courses: Business 494, 694, 740


European Business Travel Seminar

Courses: Business 494, 694


Traveling Through Literary and Artistic England, United Kingdom

Courses: English 350/550 or 357/557


Politics and Political History in Great Britain, England, Scotland   

Courses: Political Science 212 and 312



Quest III Literary Landscapes, Ireland    

Courses: USP Quest III English 294 and 225


Society and Culture, Greece, England

Course: Liberal Studies 331


Summer in England & Scotland 

Courses: Economic 409, 427


Viessmann Academy – Student Seminar on Sustainability,  Germany

Courses: Business 494, Geography 399


Viessmann Internship in Germany, Germany

Courses: Business 494 and 492 or Interdiscp 399


Other Study Abroad Opportunities in Europe

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers a number of other study abroad opportunities in cooperation with European institutions in Italy, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom. For information about these programs, please contact:


Foreign Language Study Abroad

For study abroad offerings in the foreign languages, please follow the links below:




Note: Courses which satisfy the credit requirements of this minor also count toward an International Studies Major, enabling students to combine the two into a package of complementing specializations. 


Progression Forms

European Studies Progression Form 
Blank Area Studies Minor Progression Form