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European Studies

European Studies Director: Patricia Zupan (Italian)
Office: RAJ 110 Telephone: 802-443-3072

The program in European studies seeks to enrich the understanding of Europe --its issues and its people-- by combining the proficiency in one or more of the main languages spoken in this region with a solid interdisciplinary background in history, geography, politics, economics, literature and culture. An integral part of the program is the study abroad in Europe, usually at one of the Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain.

As an EUS major you will be exposed to an interdisciplinary understanding of issues related to Europe and its constituent countries. Through coursework at Middlebury and at the Study Abroad Program of your choice you will achieve a high level of linguistic and cultural competence. While spending a semester or a year in one of our Programs in Europe you will take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in courses along with French, German, Italian or Spanish natives, and to participate in various internship programs. At Middlebury you will take regional courses in various disciplines and participate in seminars on global issues. 


Introduction to International and Global Studies. Students must take IGST 101 before studying abroad. IGST 0101 is not open to seniors except for those who declared the major as sophomores and spent the fall semester of their junior year abroad. Students who declare their major as a sophomore but have not taken IGST 0101, and plan to study abroad for only one semester must take it in the fall of their junior year prior to going abroad.

Regional specialization. Five courses on Europe in at least three departments (at least one of which should be in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science or Sociology). At least three regional courses must be taken at Middlebury. See available courses here.

Global Courses. Three global courses from the Global list; only one can be at the 0100 level. These global courses are thematic, trans-regional, emphasize connectivity of places and the circulation of ideas and phenomena. Except for students who study abroad an entire year, these courses must be taken on the Middlebury College campus.

Language Study. Students must become proficient in either French, Italian, German, or Spanish. Individual language departments determine what level of study constitutes proficiency. All majors must take at least one advanced course in the language of study upon returning from abroad and are encouraged to take more than one. Students who, upon declaring the IGS major, have been determined proficient in one of their region’s languages will continue to take this language at the advanced level and are strongly recommended to take one year or equivalent of another language. The additional language should be chosen in consultation with the advisor.

Study Abroad. Students must study abroad in Europe on one of Middlebury’s approved study abroad programs for at least one semester. Study abroad must be in the language of study at Middlebury. Students who study abroad for one semester may count up to two courses toward the major and those who study abroad for a full year may count up to four. Major credit will be granted, pending approval, upon the student’s return from abroad. For regional courses, approval is granted by the track director and for global courses by the IGS director. Students should share the syllabi and all written work for all courses they wish to count with the track or program director, respectively,

For the class of 2022 and 2022.5 only: in lieu of study abroad, students will take a minimum of two additional language courses at the 300 level and above.

Senior Program. The senior program consists of: (1) a senior IGST seminar at 400-level or with permission of IGS director, a thematic senior seminar in a department  and (2) an upper-level course, preferably two, in the language of emphasis after returning from abroad. The language departments determine which courses fulfill this requirement in consultation with the program director.

Honors. Students who seek to graduate with Honors may elect to write a two-term senior honors thesis. Students are eligible to write an honors thesis if they have a 3.5 GPA or better in all courses that count for the major. These include all language courses, all regional courses, all global courses, all courses taken abroad, and all courses with an IGST designation. Thesis grades do not count in the calculation of the GPA for honors. Thesis guidelines and procedures can be found at go/igsthesis.

To assist you in tracking the completion of your requirements, please meet with your advisor to complete and submit the advising wizard for your track.