Divided for decades by a so-called "Iron Curtain," Europe has, since the 1989 collapse of the Berlin Wall, achieved a remarkable degree of political consensus.
Just beneath the surface of political tranquility, however, are fears of a revival of extremist political philosophies and a backlash against non-European migrants. Furthermore, a true European "identity" remains elusive given continued assertions of national sovereignty by some European states and the recent crisis in Europe's monetary union.
The European Studies Minor offers an interdisciplinary approach towards achieving a better understanding of today's Europe and its place in the world. The program, designed to accompany virtually any major, consists of 20 units of coursework and a European language requirement. In addition, the program strongly encourages students to enroll in a semester abroad program, study tour, or internship program in Europe to acquire experience and knowledge of European society.