European Studies Major
European Studies is an interdisciplinary degree designed to combine advanced-language experience with study in humanities, social science, and/or business. Courses are taught by European experts from across a variety of BYU's academic departments and are intended to develop skills in analytical thinking, methods of interpretation, perceptive reading, competent writing, as well as an in-depth understanding of European affairs. Students focus in either European Society, which draws from history, political science, economics, business, sociology, and geography, or European Culture, which draws from the humanities, language and literature, art history, philosophy, etc. Students work closely with the European studies coordinator to design a course of study that is most challenging and beneficial to their education and vocational goals.
This degree can lead to a number of excellent career possibilities. With a broad, general background in European languages and area knowledge, graduates are well prepared for careers in international branches of government, nonprofit organizations, international industry and commerce, domestic and foreign teaching, Peace Corps, military, and many other professions requiring an expert knowledge of European language, culture, and politics. The European Studies major is also excellent training for professional schooling in international business, law, medicine, journalism, editing, advertising, etc. Many previous area studies graduates have landed jobs in the State Department, immigration, the FBI, and other international agencies.
Students are encouraged to double major or at least have a strong minor in another discipline to enhance their career prospects. The combination of European areas studies with another discipline will make students attractive to employers.
For more information, see the European Studies page or the University Catalog.