New and improved EURO major requirements (effective Fall 2014)

In response to student and faculty feedback, we have revised and streamlined the requirements for the curriculum in Contemporary European Studies. The major now requires a total of 9 courses, distributed as follows.

Language Requirement

EURO majors must complete at least five semesters of a single European language, or fifth semester proficiency documented through university placement tests. UNC currently offers Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Spanish courses through the advanced level. Other languages may be approved upon petition to the EURO advisor. One approved literature course taught in the language may also count as a theme or elective course, if included in the official course lists. EURO majors are strongly encouraged to apply their language proficiency skills in Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) courses and complete a Study Abroad Program in the target language.

Core Requirements

Majors must complete the following two core courses:

EURO 239 (POLI 239): Introduction to European Government
EURO 159 (HIST 159): Twentieth-Century Europe

Theme of Concentration

EURO majors must select one theme of concentration and take four approved courses in that theme:

Theme 1. Integration and Enlargement
Theme 2. Histories and Cultures

One course must be taken from the theme outside the student’s chosen theme of concentration.

One additional course must be completed from Theme 1, Theme 2, or the list of approved Elective Courses on contemporary Europe. Click here to view a list of all approved EURO courses.

Of these six courses, at least three must be numbered 400 or above.

For Current Students: Changing Your Requirement Term

Current EURO majors who wish to follow the new requirements must request a change in requirement term in Tar Heel Tracker. This can be done in one of two ways:

  1. Send an email request to the EURO curriculum advisor to submit a plan adjustment in Tar Heel Tracker; or
  2. Schedule an appointment with Academic Advising so that your ConnectCarolina requirement term can be changed to the new effective date.

EURO major requirements (prior to Fall 2014)

The EURO major requires a total of 11 courses, distributed as follows.

Quantitative Analysis

Intermediate quantitative skills are required to study essential data about economic, social, and political developments in contemporary Europe. All EURO majors must therefore complete either EURO 460 (ECON 460): International Economics (Prerequisite: ECON 310 or 410) or EURO 442 (POLI 442): International Political Economy (Prerequisite: POLI 150 and ECON 101).

Language Requirement

EURO majors must complete at least six semesters of a single West European language, or sixth semester proficiency documented through university placement tests. UNC currently offers French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish courses through the advanced level, and the Center for European Studies funds the teaching of Dutch and Modern Greek through the intermediate level. Other modern European languages may count toward the requirement, if approved by the EURO advisor. One approved literature course taught in the language may also count toward the Theme III Core Requirements. EURO majors are strongly encouraged to take Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) courses and complete a Study Abroad Program in the target language.

Core Requirements

Two core courses are required:
EURO 239 (POLI 239): Introduction to European Government and
EURO 159 (HIST 159): Twentieth-Century Europe

In addition, six approved courses on contemporary Europe must be chosen from the following Themes (additional courses may count if approved by the EURO advisor):

  1. Integration and Enlargement
  2. Histories and Cultures
  3. Images, Narratives, and Ideas

At least one course must be completed from Theme I and at least one course from Theme II. The remaining four courses must be distributed over two themes.

At least four of the Theme courses must be at the 400-level or above.

A minimum of four of the six Theme courses must be taken within a single social science discipline (i.e. ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLI, or SOCI).