Master Of Arts In European Studies

The MA in European Studies will help prepare you for international careers in business, government, journalism, education, research, or the nonprofit sector (e.g. NGOs). The program helps meet a high demand for candidates prepared to work for international companies and organizations with specific interests in Europe.

Program strength and uniqueness

  • Interdisciplinary program inviting individualized research 
  • Study abroad component 
  • Internship opportunities abroad or with international companies in the area 
  • Advanced studies of Europe as a whole and one of its regions 
  • Development of advanced intercultural and international competence 
  • Experiential learning preparing students for a globalized job market 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the master's degree, students in the European Studies program are expected to be able to:

  • Attain "Advanced Low" or higher (following ACTFL) guidelines proficiency in a European Langauge other than English
  • Apply cultural knowledge of the European region in personal contexts.
  • Utilize advanced intercultural and international competence - compare and assess cultural, political, historical, economic or other similarities and differences between North American and Europe
  • Utilize language competency for research purposes
  • Demonstrate ability to interact in professional contexts with Europeans
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze and solve real life professional problems collaboratively in a professional European setting

Prerequisites to Graduate Work

As a basic entrance standard, the Department of World Languages and Cultures requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a scale of 4.0).

Admission Procedure

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs in European Studies should follow the instructions outlined in the Graduate Admission section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts
A total of 30 credit hours of coursework at the graduate level are required. Students can specialize in European Arts & Letters, European Political Economy, Regional Focus (France, Germany & Austria, Russia or Spain), or other European languages in combination with an arts and science or political-economic specialization.

A candidate may pursue a Master of Arts degree in European Studies under the following two plans:
Plan I: Thesis (ES 6990)
Plan II: Comp Reading/Capstone (ES 6980)

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Degrees Offered: Master of Arts
Program Offered

Interdisciplinary Advisory Board
Neal Jesse, Political Science
Simon Morgan-Russell, English and Honors College
Kara Barr, History
Beatrice Guenther, World Languages and Cultures


Program Coordinator: Edgar Landgraf
Address: 104 Shatzel Hall
Phone: 419-372-9517