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College of Letters & Science

European Studies Program

Certificate Program
Language Requirement
Courses

213 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-265-6295; european@intl-institute.wisc.edu; uw-madison-ces.org

Faculty: Sapega (director) (Spanish and Portuguese), Brossard (Life Sciences Communication), Covington (European Studies), Howell (German), Livorni (French and Italian), Marx Ferree (ex officio EUCE, Sociology), Olds (Geography), Silberman (ex officio CGES, German), Wolf (Scandinavian Studies)

The European Studies Program, in cooperation with the European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE), the DAAD Center for German and European Studies (CGES), and the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies (CIFS), promotes knowledge and understanding of Europe both on and off campus. Established in 1968, the program provides integrated interdisciplinary studies on contemporary Europe for both undergraduate and graduate students. The program brings together scholars on campus interested in different aspects of Europe to discuss topics of mutual interest. More than twenty departments offer courses on Europe (excluding language courses), providing the largest number of courses on any region of the world other than the United States.

Certificate Program

The program offers the undergraduate certificate in European studies. Potential recipients of the certificate demonstrate a commitment to the study of Europe by taking seven courses from at least two different departments that address Europe as a whole or cover at least three European countries. Potential recipients include international studies majors, students spending a semeser or year abroad studying at European universities whose courses may count toward the certificate, and students majoring in subjects such as history, political science, or European languages that offer a foundation of courses on Europe on which students can build to obtain the certificate.

The certificate is of value to students wishing to demonstrate their knowledge of the continent either to potential employers or graduate schools.

To earn the certificate, students must complete seven eligible "area studies" courses (21 credits) drawn from at least two disciplines and distributed in one of the following ways:

  1. All courses address Europe as a whole by focusing on topics such as the European Union, European history, or European literature.
  2. Courses focus on three or more single European countries or regions (e.g., Portugal, France, Germany, Central Europe, Scandinavia).
  3. Courses focus on at least two single European countries or regions, plus Europe as a whole.

Students must maintain a grade point average of at least BC (2.5) in all courses that they wish to count toward the certificate. They must also fulfill the requirements for an established undergraduate major at UW–Madison. Language courses do not count toward the seven course requirement for the certificate; courses on the literature or culture of European countries offered in language departments do count toward the certificate. For the list of courses that count automatically toward the certificate, see the Center for European Studies Certificate course list. Europe-related "topics" courses and/or graduate-level courses may also be counted with the permission of the director.

Language Requirement

Students must attain competency in a European language other than English equivalent to four semesters of college-level study. High school equivalency or credits earned at other universities and colleges (such as during a year abroad) count toward this requirement.

Courses

Below is a sampling of regularly offered courses in European studies. Most departments also regularly offer other courses with significant European content. All civilization, culture, and literature courses in any European language department also qualify for the certificate; language, grammar, and conversation classes can be used to fulfill the language requirement but do not count toward the seven "area studies" courses requirement. See full list of courses.

Anthropology

309 Prehistoric Europe

Art History

300 Greek Art
301 Greek Painting
302 Greek Sculpture
304 Roman Art
311 Medieval Art
319 Gothic Architecture
320 Italian Renaissance Art
323 From Michelangelo & Raphael to Titian: The Arts in 16th Century Italy
330 Painting and Graphic Arts of Germany 1350–1530
333 Netherlandish Painting of the 17th Century
341 Italian Baroque Art
348 European Architecture: The 18th Century
350 19th Century Painting in Europe
351 20th Century Art in Europe
357 European Architecture: 19th Century
358 European Architecture: The Modern Movements
451 Post-Impressionism: French Painting, 1880–1905
454 Art in Germany, 1900–1945
555 Proseminar in 19th Century European Art
556 Proseminar in 20th Century European Art

Classics

320 The Civilization of Ancient Greece
322 The Civilization of Ancient Rome
370 Classical Mythology
470 Interpretations of Classical Mythology

Communication Arts

455 French Film
460 Italian Film
655 German Film

Comparative Literature

353 Drama

Economics

467 International Comparisons: Industrial Firms and Industrial Organizations

Educational Policy Studies

440 Education in the New Europe
479 Paideia: Education in Western Culture

English

215 British Literature Before 1750
219 Shakespearean Drama
226 Introduction to Shakespeare
359 Beowulf
362 A Study of a Theme in Medieval English Literature
367 Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
411 English Drama Before Shakespeare
417 Shakespeare
437 British Drama, 1660–1750
459 The English Novel: Eighteenth Century
460 The English Novel: Nineteenth Century
467 Study of Outstanding Figure or Figures in 19th Century English Literature
468 Study of a Theme in 19th Century English Literature
501 Selected Major British Novelists

Environment, Textiles and Design

355 History of Fashion, 1400–Present
421 History of European Interiors: Ancient through 18th Century

French and Italian

Civilization, culture, and literature courses in the Department of French and Italian qualify for the certificate; language, grammar, and conversation classes can be used to fulfill the language requirement but do not count toward the seven "areas studies" courses requirement.

Gender and Women's Studies

251 French Women Writers of Today
351 Gender and Sexuality in the Classical World

Geography

349 Europe
506 Historical Geography of European Urbanization
549 Historical Geography of Western Europe

German

Civilization, culture, and literature courses in the Department of German (including Dutch) qualify for the certificate; language, grammar, and conversation classes can be used to fulfill the language requirement but do not count toward the seven "area studies" courses requirement.

History

307 A History of Rome: The Republic
317 Medieval Social and Intellectual History, 400–1200
318 Medieval Social and Intellectual History, 1200–1450
320 Early Modern France, 1500-1715
321 Economic Life in Medieval Europe
333 The Renaissance
334 The Protestant Reformation
339 History of Spain and Portugal to 1700
340 Revolution and Fascism in Spain, Italy and Portugal
348 France from Napoleon to the Great War, 1799–1914
349 Contemporary France, 1914–Present
351 17th Century Europe
352 18th Century Europe
356 Europe Between the Wars, 1919-1939
357 The Second World War
358 The Old Regime and the French Revolution, 1685–1799
359 History of Europe Since 1945
361 The Emergence of Modern Britain: 1485–1660
362 The Emergence of Modern Britain: 1660–1815
365 Revolution and Nationalism in Ireland, 1780–Present
409 History of Central Europe, 1648–1871
410 Germany, 1871–Present
430 European Labor in the 20th Century: Britain, France, and Germany
431 History of Scandinavia to 1815
432 History of Scandinavia Since 1815
474 European Social History, 1830–1914
475 European Social History, 1914–Present
512 European Cultural History, 1610–1815
514 European Cultural History Since 1870
517 Ancient Religion and the Early Church
529 Intellectual and Religious History of European Jewry 1648–1939

History of Science

201 Origins of Scientific Thought
324 Science in the Enlightenment
363 Science, Philosophy, and Poetry in the Middle Ages
473 History of Mathematics

Integrated Liberal Studies

201 Western Culture: Science, Technology and Philosophy I
202 Western Culture: Science, Technology and Philosophy II
203 Western Culture: Literature and the Arts I
204 Western Culture: Literature and the Arts II
205 Western Culture: Political, Economic and Social Thought I
206 Western Culture: Political, Economic and Social Thought II
207 History of Western Culture I
208 History of Western Culture II

International Business

200 International Business
420 Global Marketing

Literature in Translation

250 20th Century French Masterpieces in Translation
251 French Women Writers Today
253 Dante's Divine Comedy
254 Literature of Modern Italy: Existentialism, Fascism, Resistance
274 Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature: The 20th Century
275 The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
277 Topics in 20th Century German Literature
336 The Drama of August Strindberg
450 Structuralist and Post-Structuralist Thought in France

Medical History and Bioethics

212 The Physician in History
561 Greek and Roman Medicine and Pharmacy

Music

411 Survey of Music in the Middle Ages
412 Survey of Music in the Renaissance
413 Survey of Music in the Baroque Era
414 Survey of Music in the Classic Era
415 Survey of Music in the Romantic Era
416 Survey of Music in the 20th Century

Philosophy

430 History of Ancient Philosophy
436 Contemporary British Philosophy
440 French Philosophy
454 Classical Philosophers
464 Classical Philosophers

Political Science

338 The European Union: Politics and Political Economy
501 Development of Ancient and Medieval Western Political Thought
502 Development of Modern Political Thought
513 Radical Political Theory
622 European Politics
627 The British Political System
659 Politics and Society: Contemporary Eastern Europe

Rural Sociology

230 Agriculture and Social Change in Western History

Scandinavian Studies

Civilization, culture, and literature courses in the Department of Scandinavian Studies qualify for the certificate; language, grammar, and conversation courses can be used to fulfill the language requirement but do not count toward the seven "area studies" courses requirement.

Slavic Languages and Literature

Civilization, culture, and literature courses on Eastern Europe (excluding Russia) qualify for the certificate; language, grammar, and conversation courses can be used to fulfill the language requirement but do not count toward the seven "area studies" courses requirement.

Sociology

475 Classical Sociological Theory
644 Comparative Sociology of Contemporary Capitalism

Spanish and Portuguese

Civilization, culture, and literature courses focusing mainly on Spain and Portugal qualify for the certificate; language, grammar, and conversation courses can be used to fulfill the language requirement but do not count toward the seven "area studies" courses requirement.

Theatre and Drama

221 World Drama and Theatre: Ancient Greece to 17th Century