The Modern European Studies concentration within interdisciplinary undergraduate Major (IDS – MES) has two primary goals. First, it provides students with the opportunity to study the geographic region of Europe from an interdisciplinary perspective that incorporates area and language studies. Second, by requiring two additional semesters of language study beyond the two-semester CLAS language requirement, students have the opportunity to gain language proficiency beyond the introductory level. Students also have the chance to engage in study abroad programs related to CES programs and European Studies more broadly.
The requirements for IDS-MES major are commensurate with the requirements for already-established IDS concentrations within CLAS. A 3.0 GPA and approval by the CLAS IDS committee are required to enter the major. Once admitted, students are to select two UF faculty members from two different departments (one of whom must be a member of CLAS) to serve as primary and secondary advisors. Students are to produce a senior thesis under the guidance of their primary and secondary faculty advisors. A minimum of 7 hours is also required for the thesis (IDS 4906 Interdisciplinary Thesis Research).
Students may choose appropriate disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, history, modern languages, political science and/or sociology to design the core of a major that culminates in a thesis. Through such experience students acquire a thorough knowledge of cultural, economic, political and social interrelationships. This program requires four semesters of study in a foreign language related to the geographical and disciplinary areas of study. In designing their majors, students are strongly encouraged to incorporate at least six weeks of study abroad in a country where the target language is spoken into their course of study. If unable to participate in study abroad program, students may choose to complete the capstone requirement through internship in an organization that enables them to practice the chosen language and/or fits their selected area of study. Prior approval of all internships must be obtained.
Recommended entry-level classes to prepare for the major
- EUS 2001 – European Experience: A Humanities
- EUS 2003 – European Experience: A Social Science
Foreign Language Requirement
Students are required to take four semesters of a language that fits coherently into their chosen curriculum.
Relationship of Foreign Language Study to Geographical Disciplinary Focus
At least one course from each of the fields of political science, history and sociology/anthropology are to be taken in the geographical area of the target language.
- Example 1: Studying a Slavic language
CPO 3614 – Eastern European Politics
EUH 3564 – Central and Eastern Europe in the
EUS 3930 – Eastern Europe and Post-communism
This includes the existing two semesters of foreign Language course work currently required by the College.
- Example 2: Studying a Romance or Germanic
CPO 3103 – Western European Politics
EUH 3206 – Twentieth-Century Europe
SYD 4701 – Nationalism and Ethnicity in Europe
Senior thesis is to be pursued under faculty sponsorship, and should be related to the student’s major language of choice. Students must use at least one original source in this language. The senior thesis can also be pursued as field research in the student’s country of choice. A proposal of what will be accomplished must be drawn up and approved (by the mentor) the semester before the student embarks for field research.
Study Abroad (Capstone Experience)
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad programs sponsored by UF or other universities. Information about these programs may be obtained in the Study Abroad Services office in the UF International Center (UFIC) located in 170 HUB. Some courses taken abroad may be applied toward your major coursework if approved by the advisor or the IDS committee. The study abroad program selected should be in a country where the language studied by the student is spoken. If unable to participate in study abroad program, students may choose to complete the capstone requirement through internship in an organization that enables them to practice the chosen language and/or fits their selected area of study. Prior approval of all internships is required.
Requirements for the Major
Required Course (7 credits)
- IDS 4906 Interdisciplinary Thesis Research
European Foreign Language Requirement (12-20 credits)
Select four semesters of a language that fits coherently into your chosen curriculum:
- Greek (modern)
European Area Studies Core Courses (21 credits)
Select seven (7) courses from the Modern European Studies course listing (PDF)