The Program in European Studies offers an Undergraduate Major and Minor in European Studies . This interdisciplinary program provides students the opportunity to study the historical and ongoing transformations of Europe's peoples, politics, economies, and cultures with a mix of courses from history, geography, social sciences and language and literature departments. All majors are required to complete four semesters of study of a European language and an approved study abroad program in Europe of at least six weeks.

In 2009, the CES also launched a new Graduate Associates Program. The program brings together a group of advanced graduate students from across the university whose research focuses on Europe. CES provides them with offices and supports them in forming a vibrant research community.

In addition, the CES hosts visiting scholars from across Europe each year, sponosred by initiatives such as the Fulbright program and the Open Society Institute.

Master Undergraduate Catalog

This is a listing of POSSIBLE course offerings for European Studies majors and minors for Fall 2018; please make an appointment with Undergraduate Adviser Belinda Davis at to confirm approval:

Course NumberDepartmentCourse TitleDayTimeRoomInstructor
01:360:301:01 European Studies Contemporary Europe (Construction of Contemporary Europe) T/Th 4:30-5:50 MH - 115 Svanur Petursson
01:510:101:08/09 History Ancient and Medieval Europe M/Th 9:50-11:10 MU-210 Kristin Pinyan
01:510:102:01 History Europe in the Global Age T/Th 2:50-4:10 CA-A3 Bertrand Metton
01:510:209:01/03 History Emergence Medieval Europe Th 11:30-2:30 HH-B3 Anthony Dibattista
01:510:224:01 History Europe: Gender, Sex, and Society M/W 4:30-5:50 MU-208 Seth Koven
01:510:225:90 History Dracula: Facts and Fictions n/a n/a n/a Stephen Reinert
01:510:261:01 History History of Holocaust online T/Th 6:10-7:30 VD-211  
01:510:303:01 History The Hellenistic World T 4:30-7:30 FH-A3 Aaron Hershkowitz
01:510:307:01 History Roman World Late Antiquity Th 4:30-5:50 CA-A5  
01:510:313:01 History Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain T/Th 2:50-4:10 MH-115  
01:510:319:01 History Age of Reformation T/Th 2:50-4:10 FH-B3 Anthony Dibattista
01:510:327:01 History 20th Century Europe M/W 4:30-5:50 FH-A5  
01:510:327:01 History World War II in Europe        
01:510:343:01 History Politics and Culture in England 1588-1720        
01:510:350:01 History Greek Society        
01:790:103:01-6 Political Science Comparative Politics T/Th 1:10-2:30 VD-211 Christine Cahill
01:790:106:01-06/90 Political Science Law & Politics M/W 2:50-4:10 SC-123 Yvonne Wollenberg
01:790:310:01 Political Science UK Politics (British Politics) online M/Th 9:15-10:35 HCK-211 Heather Pierce
01:790:311:01 Political Science European Politics M/W 3:55-5:15 CDL-110 Christine Cahill
01:790:315:01 Political Science Politics & Culture M/W 4:30-5:50 MI-100 Michael Rossi
01:790:316:01 Political Science Politics, Literature and the Arts (Passion and Death) M/W 3:55-5:15 HCK-211 Danielle Hanley
01:790:327:01/90 Political Science International Political Economy T/Th 3:55-5:15 LOR-115 David Walsh
01:790:361:01 Political Science International Organization online W 10:55-1:55 HICK-207 Ewan Harrison
01:790:362:01 Political Science International Law        
01:790:363:01 Political Science Conflict Resolution in World Politics        
01:790:369:01 Political Science Topics in World Politics: Migration and Refugees        
01:790:369:02 Political Science Topics in World Politics: Global Order        
01:790:371:01 Political Science Western Tradition        
01:790:379:01 Political Science Concepts of Liberty and Equality        
01:790:387:01 Political Science Politics and Culture in Greece and the Balkans        
01:790:389:02 Political Science Topics in Comparative Politics: Construction of Contemporary Europe *cross listed with European Studies core course 360:301
01:860:259:01 Russian Introduction to 19th C. Russian Literature        
01:860:272:01 Russian Russia: Between Empire and Nation        
01:860:315:01 Russian RDG Russian Literature in Russia        
01:860:348:01 Russian Autobiographical Creations in Russian Lit        
01:470:227 German Tales of Horror        
01:470:275:01 German Introduction to German Studies        
01:470:299:01 German Contemporary German Media & Society        
01:470:301:01 German Intro to Lit and Cultrual Analysis        
01:470:325:01 German The Short Narrative: 16th Century to Present        
01:470:360:01 German Classics of German Cinema (From Haunted Screen to Hyperreality)        
01:470:390:01 German Topics in German Literature and Civilization: From Nietszche to Superman        
01:420:160:01 French Short Stories of France        
01:420:171:01 French French Theatre Worshop        
01:420:215:01/02 French Aspects of French Literature        
01:420:217:H1 French Approaches to French Literature        
01:420:218:H1 French Approaches to French Literature        
01:420:241:01 French Major French Writers in Translation (Surrealism)        
01:420:242:01 French Major French Writers in Translation (Major French Plagiarists)        
01:420:297:01 French French Cultural Experience (French House)        
01:420:315:01/02 French French Civilization from the Middle Ages to Rev (Comment Peut-On Etre Francais?)        
01:420:335:01 French The French Novel        
01:560:231:01 Italian Italian Culture        
01:560:248:MA Italian A Cultural Tour of Italy        
01:560:258:MA Italian Italian Icons        
01:560:305:01 Italian Intro to Literature I        
01:560:316:01 Italian Fascism and Italian Culture        
01:560:351:01 Italian Italian Literature 20th Century        
01:560:355:01 Italian Love and Sex Italian Style        
01:560:391:01 Italian Italian Food Culture        
01:940:426:01 Spanish Don Quixote        
01:730:204:01 Philosophy Introduction to Classical Greek Philosophy        
01:730:302:01 Philosophy Plato and Aristotle        
01:730:308:01 Philosophy Hume, Kant, and the 18th Century        
01:730:343:01 Philosophy Marx and Marxism        
01:730:402:01 Philosophy Aristotle        
01:730:404:01 Philosophy Spinoza        
01:730:406:01 Philosophy 19th Century Philosophy        
01:190:206:01/02 Classics Roman Civilization        
01:190:207:01/90 Classics Greek and Roman Mythology        
01:190:214:01 Classics Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome        
01:190:215:01 Classics Intro to Greek and Roman Archaeology        
01:190:377:01 Classics Hero Ancient Greece and Rome        
01:190:381:01 Classics Greek Drama in Trans        
01:082:214:01 Art History Renaissance Art in Europe        
01:082:306:01 Art History Roman Art        
01:082:308:01 Art History Italy, 1250-1400 (The Hinge Between Medieval and Renaissance)        
01:358:230:01 English Major Topics and Authors in British Literature        
01:358:246:01 English Introduction to the Gothic        
01:358:306:01 English Chaucer        
01:358:309:01/02 English Issues & problems in Medieval Lit and Culture        
01:358:311:01 English Renaissance Literature: The 16th Century        
01:358:314:01 English Shakespeare: The Early Plays        
01:358:320:01 English Issues & Problems in Renaissance Lit and Culture        
01:358:326:01 English 18th Century Novel        
01:358:328:01 English Issues & Problems in 18th Century Lit and Culture        
01:358:332:01 English Victorian Literature        
01:358:335:01 English 19th Century Theater and Drama        
01:358:338:01 English Issues & Problems in 19th Century Lit and Culture        
01:358:363:01/02 English Issues & Problems in 20th Century Lit and Culture        

Master Undergraduate Catalog

This is a listing of our course offerings for Fall 2018. Click the plus sign (+) to display full information about the course (and link to syllabus, if one has been uploaded).

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Students will develop a historically informed, contextual, and interdisciplinary understanding of modern Europe.
The major and minor enable students to take an interdisciplinary approach with courses from history, geography, social sciences, and language and literature departments. The program breaks with the traditional distinctions between the study of eastern and western Europe, enabling students to explore the broader Europe and its role in the global context. With their adviser, Majors will develop an individual concentration. All Majors will demonstrate proficiency in at least one European language other than English. All students are required to complete an approved study abroad program in Europe of at least six weeks.

As a Rutgers student, you can take a first- or second-year *Czech language course* offered by Indiana University by being "beamed into" a classroom. This is a new opportunity for Rutgers students, made possible by CourseShare. This framework allows students to register for shared courses at the same time and in the same manner as regular courses. Grades and credits are reported on the student’s home university transcript. There are no additional fees associated with shared courses, making them even more attractive to students. If you are interested in this opportunity, please *contact as soon as possible* Esther Ham at Indiana University ( and Tom Stephens at Rutgers (

Christina Chiknas, History
Svanur Petursson, History
Sara Black, History
Mark Bray, History
Brenna Graham, History
Max Hantel, History
Allison Leigh-Perlman, Art History
Corina Lucia Apostol, Art History
Kelly Clancy, Political Science
Cristina Gherasimov, Political Science
Alex Jakubow, Political Science
Ion Marandici, Political Science
Amanda Marziliano, Political Science
Sarah Schulman, Political Science
Evren Yalaz, Political Science
Louis Segura, Comparative Literature
Claire Menard, French
Nadezda Lushina, German
Andrea Mueller, Sociology
Allen Michael, Anthropology


Politics and Social Policy: Lessons from Europe     (Spring 2018)

01:360:320/790:320 (3 credits)
Professor R. Dan Kelemen, Political Science, European Studies

kelementeachingWelcome to citizenship in the 21st century! You’re inheriting an unaffordable health care system that leaves millions uninsured, a mounting climate crisis, failing schools, a fractured social safety net, an aging population, high unemployment, and growing deficits. What can we learn from studying the approaches to these problems taken by the economically advanced democracies of the European Union? On the left, many believe Europe offers successful models of how to balance capitalism and the pursuit of economic growth with a greater commitment to social justice and sustainable development. On the right, by contrast, many warn of the dangers of importing these ideas, arguing that European social democracies suffer under high taxes, excessive state control of the economy, and economic stagnation. What’s fact and what’s fiction? And, what are the lessons for the United States in the 21st century?

Click HERE for a course syllabus.

The Construction of Contemporary Europe     (Spring 2017)

01:360:301/790:389 (3 credits)
Professor Svanur Petursson, History and European Studies

The European Union is one of the most successful supranational policy experiments in modern times, having an impact on the daily lives of close to five hundred million people. This complex experiment in international cooperation - a fully functioning political system - is also a daunting analytical challenge. Making use of different assumptions and types of evidence, we will examine how major European powers pooled strategic assets to overcome age-old rivalries, by which mechanisms they sought to foster peace and prosperity, and how a sense of European togetherness eventually emerged to reshape national cultures or accelerate democratization pathways. However, at the same time the European Union is increasingly understood to be the definition of “Europe” and throughout the class we will discuss what countries are included or excluded from the European Union, and the political and historical reasons for that inclusion or exclusion. Finally, by reading about and discussing European current events, we aim to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying frameworks of the European Union, both legal and political, that shape contemporary Europe.  For most recent syllabus, click HERE.

The Idea of Europe     (Fall 2016)

01:360:401/510:401 (3 credits)
Professor Svanur Petursson, History and European Studies

Europe. The West. The “civilized,” or “free,” or “advanced” world. Such phrases always represent something more than mere geography. They represent values and ideals--ideals often contradictory, and always in tension with lived realities. They have been used to distinguish what is “European” from what is not—and to divide as well as unite those living on the continent. But what is Europe? And what is not? This course will examine enduring and changing answers to these questions proposed in the last centuries, focusing on their relevance for today’s Europe and its place in the world. For most recent syllabus, click HERE

Michael Allen, Anthropology
Kari Burnett, Geography
Kelly Clancy, Political Science
Timothy Cochran, Musicology
Mareen Fuchs, German
Valeria Garrote, Spanish
Yana Grushina, Communication
Alex Jakubow, Political Science
Meghana Yoshi, Anthropology
Yvette Lane, History
Kathleen Manning, History
Andrea Mueller, Sociology
Peter Pollack, History
Louis Segura, Comparative Literature
Steven Tietjen, Musicology
Nicole Vilkner, Musicology
Kathleen Woodhouse, Geography
Evren Yalaz, Political Science



Grand Prize

Amanda Gianfrancesco

Rose Petals

Rose Petals Falling through the Pantheon's Oculus

I took this picture at the end of the Pentecost mass as thousands of rose petals were falling through the Pantheon's oculus. The falling of the rose petals occurs only
once a year to symbolize the Holy Spirit's descent upon the Apostles. Rome's firefighters stood outside, on top of the dome, and threw the petals down inside the
Pantheon. There were bright red petals floating throughout the entire interior. It was truly an incredible event to experience.

1st Runner-Up

Gregory Spears



Venice, one of the most beautiful, vibrant, and unique cities in the world. This photo was taken deep in the heart of the city, made up of an intricate, endless
network of alleyways, bridges, and canals. I chose this picture because it reflects the unique identity of this captivating city, without the use of famous landmarks.
No where else in the world can one take a picture of such a seemingly obscure backroad while completely capturing the essence of an entire city.

2nd Runner-Up

Nicole Malick


Housing Issues

Here is our inaugural group of Graduate Associates:

Christopher Bischof, History
Kari Burnett, Geography
Shannon Connelly, Art History
Kelly Clancy, Political Science
Alex Jakubow, Political Science
Yelena Kalinsky, Art History
Anita Kurimay, History
Mary Catherine Lawler, Germanic, Russian and East European Languages and Literatures
Mark Major, Political Science
Katrin Polak-Springer, Germanic, Russian and East European Languages and Literatures
Peter Polak-Springer, History
Neil Quest, Anthropology
Terence Teo, Political Science
Andreas Tiemann, Political Science
Evren Yalaz, Political Science
Kathleen Woodhouse, Geography
Patricia Young, Political Science