Minor Requirements

Minor Requirements

I. Introduction to European Studies

This requirement may be filled in one of two ways:

a) Taking HIST 205: Nineteenth-century Europe OR HIST 206: Twentieth-century Europe
b) Participating in any SLU-approved European study abroad program

II. Language study

Students (except native speakers of a European language other than English) must have at least one semester of European language study (other than English), whether at St. Lawrence or on a continental study abroad program

 III. Four elective courses

Any course cross-listed with European Studies meets this requirement. Most courses offered on European study abroad programs are included. To ensure breadth, students may count no more than two courses from a single department for the minor.

For a list of relevant courses, see Course Offerings.

IV. Capstone independent study

The European Studies capstone is a one-semester independent study. It is normally done as an SYE (EUR 489/ 490) but in exceptional circumstances can be completed before the senior year (EUR 485).

Students develop a project with a faculty supervisor of their choice and then submit a proposal (usually 2-4 pages plus bibliography) to the European Studies coordinator for approval. This should be done before registration for the semester in which the project will be completed. Upon approval of the proposal, the student will be allowed to register for the capstone course.

The proposal must include the following:

  • A rationale for the project, including research question(s), theoretical framework, and methodology.
  • Information on how the project will enhance the student’s critical thinking, research skills, and communication skills.
  • An explanation of how the project addresses the interdisciplinary nature of the minor.
  • A description of the ways in which the project reflects the unique academic and experiential journey of the student.
  • A preliminary bibliography and literature review that informs the project.

Students may consult the form “European Studies SYE proposal” for guidelines and a template for the proposal.

European Studies minors whose capstone project proposals have been approved are eligible to apply for a modest amount of research funding to support research for the project.