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.
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 239 (POLI 239):
Introduction to European Government
- EURO 159 (HIST 159):
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Spring 2019! Please see the UNC Catalog for EURO Major requirements and course offerings for the Fall and the Spring semesters.
- TuTh, 9:30-10:45am, Brian Overington
- TuTh, 2:00-3:15pm, Geetha Vaidyanathan
- TuTh 3:30-4:45pm, Geetha Vaidyanathan
- MWF, 2:30-3:20pm, TBD
- MWF 3:35-4:25pm, TBD
- TuTh 2:00-3:15pm, Stanley Black
- TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm, John Pickles
- TuTh 2:00-3:15pm, James Watkins
- TuTh 2:00-3:15pm, Konrad Jarausch
- TuTh 3:30-4:45pm, Robert Jenkins
- TuTh 2:00-3:15pm, Liesbet Hooghe
- TuTh 9:30-10:45am, Rahsaan Maxwell
- TuTh 5:00-6:15pm, Liesbet Hooghe
- TuTh 12:30-1:45pm, Robert Jenkins
- TuTh 3:30-6:30pm, Gary Marks
- MWF 2:30-3:20pm, Rachel Ozerkevich
- MW 1:25-2:40pm, Tony Perucci
- TuTh 2:00-3:15pm, Konrad Jarausch
- TuTh 9:30-10:45am, Lindsay Ayling
- TuTh 12:30-1:45pm, Karen Auerbach
- TBD, Allison Somogyi
- TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm, Linda Mcreynolds
- MWF 11:15am-12:05pm, Peter Gengler
HIST 398: UNDERGRADUATE SEMINAR IN HISTORY (WITH PERMISSION FROM THE CURRICULUM IN CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN STUDIES)
- M 3:35-6:05pm, Michael Morgan (Topic: Cold War Summits)
- M 3:35-6:05pm, Konrad Jarausch (Topic: Nazi Germany)
- TuTh 11:00-12:15am, Irene Gomez-Castellano
- TuTh 12:30-1:45pm, Christopher Nelson
- MWF 2:30-3:20pm, Aisling Winston
- MW 1:25-2:40pm, Patricia Sawin
- MW 3:10-4:25pm, Priscilla Layne
- MW 9:05-9:55am, Hana Pichova
GSLL 465: Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
- TuTh, 2:00-3:15pm, David Pike
- MWF 11:15am-12:05pm, Lloyd Kramer
- MWF 12:20-1:10pm, Amy Chambless
- TuTh 3:30-4:45pm, Stephanie Shady
- TuTh 2:00-5:00pm, Donald Searing
- MW 3:35-4:50pm, Jeff Spinner-Havel Searing
Please direct any questions regarding courses and the EURO curriculum to email@example.com.
ESRA | European Summer Research Award
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.
The ESRA award is generously supported by Betsy Blackwell and John Watson.
Britney Nguyen | Summer 2018 ESRA Fellow
Britney Nguyen is an undergraduate student pursuing a journalism and Contemporary European Studies double major at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is interested in the history of the Second World War, especially the Holocaust. As a recipient of the ESRA award, she will create a documentary film of her study abroad through a Burch Field Research Seminar and conduct research on Jewish life and the Holocaust as well as the preservation of Jewish memory in Poland.
German Studies Award
The deadline for the last application cycle was March 1, 2018. The new deadline will be posted when the application opens. Complete applications included the required departmental form, a recent university transcript, and written confirmation that the student has indeed applied to specific study abroad program (e.g., a confirmation letter from a Study Abroad advisor). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Excel@Carolina: EURO-TAM Program
The Center for European Studies is so excited to welcome the third cohort of the Excel at Carolina: EURO program participants! This page is just to get you started.
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 this unique program’s framework.
If you are already a UNC student, the dual EURO-TAM track may still be available to you. Check the EURO-TAM page or contact us for more information!
Who do I contact for…?
Where can I find out…?
CES has a master list of all courses that have been approved for EURO major credit. This list shows what requirement it counts toward, when it is typically offered (fall, spring, summer), and who teaches it. You can find this list here
If you are interested in taking a course that you think should receive EURO major credit (i.e. it is a course directly related to contemporary Europe), come talk to us! You can submit a request to the EURO major advisor for this course to count towards your major.
The Center holds quite a number of event throughout the year: special get-togethers for EURO majors, lectures, films; we also co-sponsor a number of series: the Ambassador’s Forum brings Ambassadors to UNC to talk about current affairs, the NC German Seminar Series, and the Gender, War and Culture Series. We’d love to see you there!
Only a select number of EU institutions offer internships to non-European students. You can find a list of the ones that will accept American students here.
By the way, that page is where CES lists all of the external opportunities that we hear about: scholarships, fellowships, internships, travel funding, etc. Check it out sometime.
CES Staff can also help you think about internships and put you in contact with an alum.
If you are thinking about pursuing an internship abroad, consider applying for Carolina Global Initiative Award!
Before you land that amazing internship at the EU Delegation or a U.S. Embassy in Europe, you can build your resume by engaging in a pre-professional experience through the Center for European Studies – offered only to Excel@EURO-TAM students.
More information on opportunities is coming soon. Make sure to check back to see what might be a good fit for your interests and the skills you want to develop over the course of your first year at Carolina.
A checklist to get you startedSet up an individual meeting with the EURO advisor Start down the road to success by building your resume through a CES pre-professional experience Attend a Center for European Studies event Like the Center on Facebook to get all the latest updates Have a chat with your TAM Mentor Start thinking about summer internships and study abroad opportunities
About the Center for European Studies
The Center for European Studies is one of six geographic area studies centers at UNC-CH. The Center for European Studies is the hub for Europe on campus: we run a major and masters program, we conduct events and outreach activities to educate university and community audiences on Europe, and we organize faculty working groups and fund research on European issues.
The Center is one of the few academic units on campus that is not a department yet that offers a major (technically what the university calls a ‘curriculum’): The Contemporary European Studies Major (EURO). We also run the TransAtlantic Masters Program, a unique Master’s program with ten partner sites in Europe. TAM is a fully customizable degree; there are about 350 unique pathways a TAM student could choose depending on where they would want to go and what they are interested in studying.
The EURO-TAM BA/MA combines these two complimentary degrees and, in select cases, allows students to complete both in reduced time through the accelerated 5-year option. Students can complete both degrees in the traditional 6-year plan.
While any student at UNC can apply to be part of the EURO-TAM BA/MA, only pre-selected Excel:Euro program students have access to special opportunities from the Center for European Studies and, upon completion of program requirements, a guaranteed recommendation from the Center to the Graduate School for admission to TAM (subject to successful completion of the Excel:Euro program).
EURO-TAM | Dual BA-MA
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!
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 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.
Connect with EHC on Social Media!
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 email@example.com with questions about the major, TAM and professional paths.
Majors: Contemporary European Studies; Minor in French
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.
EURO CLASS OF ’16
Currently: Market Specialist, Community Operations, Facebook
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).
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.
EURO-TAM CLASS OF ’20
Majors: Contemporary European Studies; History; Minor in Hispanic Studies
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.
EURO-TAM CLASS OF ’20
Majors: Contemporary European Studies; History; Minor in Middle Eastern Languages
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