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EURO Major

The EURO Major Logo.If you are an undergraduate interested in understanding the forces of politics and culture that shape Europe today, consider a unique degree program and major in Contemporary European Studies (EURO).

As a EURO major, you will deepen your understanding of the EU, European history and culture, as well as current events facing Europe and the transatlantic relationship – all the while developing advanced proficiency in a modern European language.

Students who wish to specialize in modern Europe within a particular discipline (such as Political Science, Economics, or History) are especially encouraged to double-major with EURO. You will have special access to the many resources of UNC’s Center for European Studies (a US Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Center and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence funded by the European Commission) such as lectures, conferences, annual “Europe Week” events and even special funding opportunities.

The EURO major is small and offers individualized advising opportunities. Your advisor is ready to talk to you about courses, study abroad, internships, career options, and community engagement.

As a curriculum, the EURO degree has interdisciplinary structure and extensive language study. This training prepares you to join a network of students who have continued on to graduate studies and/or an international career in public policy, government agencies, NGOs, and transatlantic companies.

Interested? Have questions? Email Katie Shanahan Lindner, EURO advisor for an appointment or sign up below.


Meet with an advisor

Students interested in pursuing EURO are encouraged to declare the major as early as possible in their undergraduate career and design a comprehensive and efficient course plan in consultation with the curriculum advisor. If you are interested in meeting with the EURO Advisor, please complete the following form.

Schedule an Appointment

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Complete at least five semesters of a single European language, or fifth semester proficiency documented through university placement tests. Through the advanced level, UNC currently offers:


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.


To provide a strong European background in both historical and contemporary issues, there are two courses required for all majors. Each class is also cross-listed in the Political Science and History departments, respectively, with seats reserved for EURO.
You must complete the following courses:


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. Check out the Course Catalog for a list of all approved EURO courses.

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


The requirements for the EURO major underwent a streamlining and simplification process for Fall 2014. If you are a current EURO major following the old requirements you may request a change to the new requirements 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.

2. Schedule an appointment with Academic Advising so that your ConnectCarolina requirement term can be changed to the new effective date.

If you need access to the old requirement information, please email



Current and upcoming semester lists of courses that may be taken to fulfill requirements for the EURO Major.

Below are the courses that you can take for EURO credit in Fall 2020! Please see the UNC Catalog for EURO Major requirements and course offerings for the Fall semester.

HIST 159: From War to Prosperity: 20th-Century Europe

  • Fall, MW, 2:30-3:20pm, Konrad Jarausch


  • Fall, MWF, 11:15am-12:00pm, Stephanie Shady
  • Fall, TuTh, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Dominic Nyhuis
  • Fall, TuTh, 3:30pm-4:45pm, Kaitlin Alper


  • Fall, MWF, 10:10am-11:00am, Geetha Vaidyanthan
  • Fall, MWF, 11:15am-12:05pm, Geetha Vaidyanthan


  • Fall, MWF, 10:10am-11:00am, Patrick Conway

GEOG 464: Europe Today: Transnationalism, Globalisms, and the Geography of Pan-Europe

  • Fall, TuTh, 11:00am-12:15pm, John Pickles

EURO/POLI 442: International Political Economy

  • Fall, MW, 3:35pm-4:50pm, Cameron Ballard-Rosa

POLI 70: First-Year Seminar: Political Conflict in the European Union and the United States

  • Fall, TuTh, 2:00pm-3:15pm, Gary Marks


  • Fall, Th, 3:30pm-6:00pm, Niklaus Steiner

POLI 433H: Politics of the European Union

  • Fall, TuTh, 5:00pm-6:15pm, Gary Marks


  • Fall, TuTh, 11:00am-12:15pm, Milada Vachudova

POLI 472: Problems of Modern Democratic Theory

  • Fall, TuTh, 9:30am-10:45am, Susan Bickford

POLI 490: Advanced Special Topics in Political Science (depending on approval of topic by EURO advisor)

  • Fall, TuTh, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Dominic Nyhuis
  • Fall, TuTh, 2:00pm-3:15pm, Frank Baumgartner

POLI/PWAD 260: Crisis and Change in Russia and Eastern Europe

  • Fall, TuTh, 3:30pm-4:45pm, Robert Jenkins

POLI/PWAD 469: Conflict and Intervention in the Former Yugoslavia

  • Fall, TuTh, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Robert Jenkins

CMPL 130: Great Books II

  • Fall, MWF, 1:25pm-2:15pm, Clayton Koelb

COMM 412: Critical Theory

  • Fall, TuTh, 11:00AM-12:15PM, Lawrence Grossberg

COMM 464: Collaborative Performance

  • Fall, TuTh, 3:30pm-4:45PM, Anthony Perucci

EURO 486: Exploration of Russian “Women’s Prose” and Svetlana Alexievich (Nobel Prize in Literature 2015)

  • Fall, MW, 3:35pm-4:50pm, Stanislav Shvabrin

HIST 156: The British Empire

  • Fall, MWF, 2:30-3:20pm, Morgan Wilson

HIST 178H: Honors Seminar in Modern European History

  • Fall, Tu, 3:30pm-4:45pm, Klaus Larres
  • Fall, TuTh, 3:30pm-4:45pm, TBA

HIST/JWST/PWAD 262: History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews

  • Fall, MWF, 12:20pm-1:10pm, Karen Auerbach

HIST/JWST 311H: Ghettos and Shtetls? Urban Life in East European Jewish History

  • Fall, MWF, 3:30pm-4:45pm, Karen Auerbach

HIST 508: Europe and Humanitarian Aid since 1945: Concepts, Actors, Practices

  • Fall, Wed., 3:30pm-6:00pm, TBA

HIST 578: Transatlantic Relations and Contemporary Geo-Politics from the Cold War to the Present

  • Fall, Th, 3:30pm-6:00pm, Klaus Larres

GERM/CMPL 266: Weimar Cinema

  • Fall, TuTh, 11:00am-12:15pm, Inga Pollmann

GSLL 481: Grand Hotels and Empty Fields: Inventing Central Europe through Culture

  • Fall, TuTh, 9:30am-10:45am, Eliza Rose


  • Fall, TuTh, 11:00am-12:15pm, Irene Gomez-Castellano

AAAD 488: Human Rights and Democracy in African Diaspora Communities

  • Fall, TuTh, 11:00am-12:15pm, Kia Caldwell

FREN 372: French and Francophone Studies since 1789

  • Fall, MWF, 11:15am-12:05pm, Christina Rudosky

GERM 280: 20th-Century German Philosophy and Modern Youth Cultures

  • Fall, MWF, 2:30pm-3:20pm, Richard Langston

GSLL 251: Ideology and Aesthetics: Marxism and Literature

  • Fall, TuTh, 3:30pm-4:45pm, David Pike

ITAL 333: Italian Film and Culture

  • Fall, TuTh, 2:00pm-3:15pm, TBA

Below are Maymester and summer courses you can take for EURO credit. All belong to the “Electives” category.

GERM 265: Hitler in Hollywood

  • May, M-F, 9:00am-12:15pm, Priscilla Layne

ARTH 282: Modernism I: Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism

  • Session I, Online

HIST/JWST/PWAD 262: History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews

  • Session II, M-F, 1:15pm-2:45pm, Robin Buller


  • Session I, M-F, 9:00am-12:15pm, Robert Jenkins

POLI/PWAD 252: International Organizations

  • Session II, M-F, 11:30am-1:00pm, Robert Jenkins

PHIL 224: Existential Philosophy and the Meaning(lessness) of Life H

  • Session I, M-F, 1:15pm-2:45pm, Zach Thornton
  • Session II, M-F, 1:15pm-2:45pm, Alexander Quanbeck

HIST/JWST/PWAD 262: History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews

  • Session I, M-F, 11:30pm-2:45pm, Donald Searing

Please direct any questions regarding courses and the EURO curriculum to


Study Abroad

EURO majors are encouraged to go abroad if they wish. Please see EURO advisor Katie Shanahan Lindner to discuss potential programs that could fit your interests, as well as the credit transfer process for EURO. Please see the study abroad website,, for detailed information about summer, semester or year-long credit-bearing programs.

Other study abroad options include the Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships, which allow you to study a less commonly taught language over the summer. Summer research options exist as well, including the European Summer Research Award, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Burch Fellowships, the Frances L. Phillips Travel Scholarship, and the Class of 1938 Fellowship.

Please Note: EURO major regulations stipulated that students cannot transfer credit back for 400+ level courses from studying abroad.


ESRA | European Summer Research Award

The European Summer Research Award (ESRA) will support two EURO majors conducting research in Europe for several weeks over the summer 2020. The awardees must be declared EURO majors at the time the research is conducted. The award amount is $3000, which can be used for airfare, ground travel and accommodations. All EURO majors are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students with no or limited previous travel to the EU.

Applicants must submit a 5-page research proposal detailing the topic and research methods written with the advice of a faculty advisor and a recommendation letter from the advisor will be required with the application. The proposal must also include a detailed travel itinerary and timeline for research. Upon return to campus, the ESRA awardees will submit a 10-page research report of their findings documenting their experience. Awardees are also asked to write a CES Medium blog post about their experience and submit a photo essay documenting their travels.

Deadline for applications is 1/15/2020.


The ESRA award is generously supported by Betsy Blackwell and John Watson.

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Kellan Robinson | Summer 2019 ESRA Fellow

Kellan Robinson is a UNC senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, double majoring in Contemporary European Studies and Global Studies (focus of Africa and International Politics) with minors in French and African American and Diaspora Studies. She used the European Summer Research Award (ESRA) to explore Black experiences in Europe, and attend related enrichment opportunities. Read our Medium post for more on her work.

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Lucas Fernandez | Summer 2019 ESRA Fellow

Lucas Fernandez is a UNC sophomore double majoring in Contemporary European Studies and Economics. He plans to apply to UNC’s School of Business in Fall 2019, and is a member of the UNC Fencing Team. Lucas used the European Summer Research Award (ESRA) to investigate current impacts of Brexit on UK universities. Check out our Medium post for more on his work.


Summer Travel Research Award

CES is proud to announce a new travel award of $1000 for EURO majors to help augment expenses to study or research in Europe during the summer of 2020.

With the winds of nationalism and historical echoes of intolerance increasing in Europe, this award is intended to support research that fosters understanding, celebrates the continent’s rich diversity, and addresses the complex social, economic and political challenges facing modern-day Europe and its future. This award is made in honor of the memory of Alan Kurdi, a young Syrian refugee who tragically drowned while seeking a better life in Europe.

No prior travel to Europe is required to apply. Preference will be given to those who have never (or only minimally) travelled outside the US. The application materials include a resume or CV, transcripts, and a one-page single-spaced statement documenting your travel and research plans to Europe, and plans on how you would share your research and experience with those in your hometowns and communities.

Deadline for applications is 1/15/2020.


This award has been generously donated by Justin and Erin Fry Sosne.

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Headshot of Kay in front of a wall of green with flowers in a garden.

Kay Langley | Summer 2019 Travel Award Fellow

UNC sophomore Kay Langley used the EURO Travel Award to support summer study abroad in Paris. She is pursuing a Contemporary European Studies and History double major at UNC. Her summer included a UNC Geography course on global cities, and a French course through University of London Institute of Paris. Kay also completed a research paper on the potential impact of the Paris 2024 Olympics and the integration of Grand-Paris. Read our Medium post for more on her experience.


EURO Study Abroad Travel Awards (Summer or Fall 2020)

We are pleased to offer two awards of $1000 each toward costs of study abroad in Europe during the summer or fall of 2020.

No prior travel to Europe is required to apply. Preference may be given to those who have never (or only minimally) travelled outside the US. The application materials include a resume or CV, unofficial UNC transcript, and a one-page single-spaced statement documenting your study or research plans in Europe, and plans on how you would share your research and experience with those in your hometowns and communities.

These awards are generously funded by Dara and Derrick Surratt.

Deadline for applications is 1/15/2020.




EURO-TAM is a unique new program that enables advanced undergraduate students to complete both a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary European Studies and, upon application and admission, the research track of the TransAtlantic Masters Program in reduced time. The combination of EURO-TAM prepares graduates for international careers in a variety of fields including diplomacy, business, policy-making, public service, teaching, and research.

If you are in high school with an interest in UNC and Europe, you can learn more about the Excel@Carolina program. If selected for our assured admission fast-track, you will have the opportunity to complete your undergraduate and masters degree in five years using the EURO-TAM degree framework.

If you are already a UNC student, the EURO-TAM track may still be available to you. Contact us for more information!

Hear from EURO-TAM student Kellan Robinson


Course of study

The EURO Major – The Curriculum in Contemporary European Studies is an interdisciplinary and individualized major designed for students seeking to deepen their understanding of the issues and events currently shaping Europe. See the EURO major webpage for detailed information on EURO curriculum requirements. Eligible EURO majors who maintain a 3.2 GPA and complete all BA requirements before the end of their third year of study may apply for early admission to the TAM program. If admitted, they begin TAM coursework in the fall of their fourth year.

TAM Track II – The research-oriented track of the TransAtlantic Masters Program focuses on European governance and social policy. During the first year of the program, students pursue coursework at UNC-Chapel Hill. The second year consists of study and research at one of three European institutions: the VU Amsterdam, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, or the Universität Bremen. All classes abroad are offered in English.

Students who enter UNC with sufficient AP credit and foreign language proficiency may be able to complete a double major and a minor before beginning the TAM degree. Use the button below (PDF) to find a sample course plan for a student who earns a EURO-POLI double major and a French minor, in addition to the TAM II program.

Sample Course Plan



To be eligible for admission into the EURO-TAM program, candidates must meet the following requirements before beginning the first year of TAM study (that is, by the end of the summer of their junior year):

  • Complete all General Education and BA degree requirements
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2

Students apply for admission to the TAM program in January of their sixth semester. The annual deadline will be posted on the TAM website. Please note that there are special application instructions for early admission to TAM. The admission criteria and required documents are available on the application page of the site.

Current or prospective undergraduate students who are interested in the EURO-TAM BA-MA program should contact EURO advisor Katie Lindner and the TAM associate director Dr. Sarah Hutchison as soon as possible, in order to strategically plan their program of study. Students should continue to meet with the EURO advisor at least once each semester to track their progress.

For office locations, see CES Staff .


European Horizons

European Horizons at Carolina is the first UNC student think tank centered around Europe. It aims to educate students about the international implications of current events in Europe; to facilitate discussion about the causes of, effects of, and potential solutions to pressing European issues; and to provide an environment in which those with special interests in Europe can interact and collaborate with each other both socially and academically.

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The logo of European Horizons, a student think tank at UNC.


Student Profiles

Where can the EURO major take you? Browse these profiles of TAM students and EURO majors for possible career and academic options. Contact us at with questions about the major, TAM and professional paths.

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EURO CLASS OF ’17, TAM Class of ’19

Majors: Contemporary European Studies; Minor in French

TAM track/partner site: European Integration, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona

Why the EURO major? The EURO major combined everything I needed at UNC: small classes, individual attention, the ability to take interdisciplinary courses, a focus on extensive language training, and the amazing events offered through the Center.

Why apply to TAM? Being interested in TAM is taking my studies to the next step by taking a more profound look at social policy and having the chance to study abroad again, for a longer period of time.

Languages: French (7 years) & Spanish (heritage speaker)

Study abroad: I chose to study abroad in France because I have always been interested in the university system here and wanted to improve my language skills, especially conversational. So far, it has been an adjustment but I can already tell my French is going to get better. Another goal for my time abroad was to experience as much of a new culture as possible and get out of my comfort zone. I think having this experience will equip me with the necessary skills to have an international career and be able to form connections with people from all different types of backgrounds.

Plans after UNC: I hope to have gained enough experience and understanding of international relations and hope to start out working for an NGO/non-profit focused on social change. After gaining some more professional experience, I then hope to work for somewhere such as the State Department and have an active role in the government as a public servant.

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Tatiana Colón


Currently: Market Specialist, Community Operations, Facebook

Majors: Contemporary European Studies: Integration and Enlargement; Global Studies: International Politics and Latin American Studies

Why EURO?: Completing the EURO major is one of the best decisions I have made. As I student, I was able to take advantage of a range of opportunities offered by the Center – including participating in a week-long Brussels Study Tour – and built relationships with professors, staff, and peers that will continue to help me in the future. The EURO major is perfect for anyone passionate in international/European affairs who wants the ability to get to know professors closely while being challenged to create interdisciplinary and interregional connections.

Languages: Fluent English and Spanish, Intermediate Portuguese, Beginner French

Global Experiences: As a student at UNC, I participated in the Burch Field Research Seminar for Domestic and International Affairs in Washington, DC, where I gained valuable internship experience while working at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST).

Professional/Academic Experience: Atlantic Council, Board Relations and Development Intern • Peace Corps, Intern • Co-founder, European Horizons, UNC Chapter

More details: At ADST, I worked with staff to copy-edit oral history transcripts and publish short pieces on important and interesting moments and figures in U.S. diplomatic history. Following my internship with ADST, I interned with the Atlantic Council, a leading international relations think tank in DC, and worked with the Board Relations and Development team to analyze opportunities for organizational growth and relationship strengthening.
Following my time in DC, I returned to UNC and completed an internship with the Peace Corps while leading a team of students to found the UNC chapter of European Horizons, an international student-based think tank founded by Yale University. My experiences at think tanks and small organizations provided me with the interpersonal and organizational skills needed to lead a team of driven students hoping to foster conversation and concrete policy change. Since UNC, I have gained experience in community-based development at a NGO located in the DC area, followed by now working in Community Operations at Facebook.


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Gray Kinnier


Majors: Contemporary European Studies; History; Minor in Hispanic Studies

Planned TAM track/partner site: European Integration, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Why TAM?: I chose TAM because I believe that the only way to make progress is to do it at a global level. The problems our world faces are larger than the nation-state, and thus the only way to truly succeed is to cooperate across national borders.

Languages: English and Spanish

Global Experiences: Helped to found European Horizons at Carolina, and participated in a research paper on the effects of the U.S. Presidential Election on the Trans-Atlantic relationship. The paper was presented before the European Parliament Research Service in November of 2016.

Plans After TAM: After graduating from TAM, I would like to pursue a career in international relations and studies, be that through a think tank, an NGO, or the foreign service.

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Sofie Senecal


Majors: Contemporary European Studies; History; Minor in Middle Eastern Languages

Language: Arabic

Planned TAM track/partner site: Transatlantic Studies, Science Po Grenoble

Why TAM? The EURO/TAM Program has been the highlight of my undergraduate experience thus fat at UNC – CES’s academic support, the networking and career opportunities, and the friends I’ve gained are invaluable. I truly believe being a EURO major has set me up for success not only in TAM, but also for the rest of my career.

Activities: European Horizons Think Tank at Carolina; Foreign Language & Area Studies Award, Arabic, Academic Year


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