European Studies - 2017-18 Graduate Catalog

Chair: Phil Peek
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Program Web Page: Forthcoming

Degrees Offered
Master of Arts

Program Offered

MA in European Studies 

The MA in European Studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to develop an expertise in Europe as a whole, together with a specialization in a given region. It includes a study abroad experience and internships opportunities. The MA in European Studies will help prepare you for international careers in business, government, journalism, education, research, or the non-profit 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. 

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)

Graduate Courses
Please access graduate courses online.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate degree, students in European Studies are expected to be able to:

  • Attain “Advanced Low” or higher (following ACTFL guidelines) proficiency in a European Language 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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The European Studies program will undergo its next Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2022-23.


Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The European Studies program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The European Studies program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.