European Studies BA

Program Purpose

European Studies is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on Europe's rich cultural legacies and its ongoing contributions to the modern world. Designed for students who are particularly drawn to European history, culture, politics, and languages, this highly flexible degree allows students to complete classes in everything from medieval art and literature to EU-era politics and economics. By receiving training in a range of disciplines, students develop a strong understanding of European history, culture, and current affairs, and marketable skills as clear writers, careful thinkers, perceptive readers, and global citizens.

Curricular Structure

Major Academic Plan (MAP 2016-17)

Program Requirements (2015-16)


Learning Outcomes

Factual Knowledge

Demonstrate advanced factual knowledge of European geographies, histories, politics, and cultures.

Courses that Contribute: EUROP 200 EUROP 320R EUROP 336R EUROP 490R IAS 301
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence
Analyzing European Topics

Show proficiency in analyzing and interpreting specific European topics at an in-depth level using major theories and concepts from the core European Studies disciplines (history, political science, and the humanities).

Courses that Contribute: EUROP 200 EUROP 320R EUROP 336R EUROP 490R IAS 301
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively
Life-Long Learning

Develop the intellectual curiosity and habits of thought that will lead to life-long learning and continued engagement with European history, literature, culture, languages, and current affairs.

Courses that Contribute: EUROP 200 EUROP 320R EUROP 336R
Linked to BYU Aims: Lifelong learning, Lifelong service
International Experience

Acquire advanced international and intercultural competency through coursework in international studies, habitual reading of European and global news, regular attendance at Kennedy Center lectures, and meaningful international study abroad and internship experiences.

Courses that Contribute: EUROP 336R
Linked to BYU Aims: Gospel knowledge, Human knowledge
Language Proficiency

Demonstrate the ability to read and communicate, both verbally and in writing, in a European language other than English.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence

Evidence of Learning

Direct Measures

  1. Compare scores of new and graduating majors on a 40-question exam testing their knowledge of European geography, history, politics, and culture. [Learning Outcome #1]
  2. Analyze formal faculty surveys measuring European Studies majors' analytical, writing, research, and theoretical skills. [Learning Outcomes #1 and #2]
  3. Hold biennial assessment retreats in which a faculty committee analyzes papers and exams from EUROP 200, EUROP 490R, and other frequently taken courses for evidence of developing competence and knowledge over the course of the major. [Learning Outcomes #1 and #2]
  4. Collect and analyze students' grades in upper-division language classes and their performance on oral proficiency exams. [Learning Outcome #3]
  5. Survey pre-2002 alumni about their ongoing engagement with European cultures and issues and their utilization of their degree. [Learning Outcome #4]
  6. Track graduating students' participation rates in study abroad and internship programs and their non-curricular (missions, etc.) experiences in European countries. [Learning Outcome #5]

Indirect Measures

  1. Exit interviews and focus groups for graduating seniors.
  2. Alumni surveys.
  3. Reports from international internship providers, direct enrollment programs, and employers about our students' language preparation.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement

The European Studies program is coordinated by a faculty member from the College of Humanities, who works with an Executive Committee of 8-10 Europeanists from across campus to review curriculum, assessment, and other initiatives. Most of the assessment of individual courses occurs at the department level since the program has no faculty and few courses of its own. Program-level assessment is largely the responsibility of the faculty coordinator.