Europe, like other major regions of the globe, has long been a significant focus of study at the University of Toronto. In recognition of the increasingly major role played by the European region on the global stage, and the importance of understanding Europe in a comprehensive way, the University of Toronto launched the undergraduate major program in European Studies, and the minor program in European Union Studies, drawing on the expertise of thirteen departments. For students who desire the linguistic competence, the cultural comprehension, and the specialized knowledge necessary to operate effectively in the "new" Europe, the major program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to focus on Europe through a wide variety of courses and disciplines. A major in European Studies offers preparation either for further specialized study at the graduate level or for work either in Europe itself or within a Canadian-based organization dealing with Europe.
Language competence is an important component of the European Studies Program. Students majoring in European Studies are expected to acquire, in the course of their Program, a working fluency in one or more of the following designated languages: Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, or Ukrainian. European Studies majors may want to consider working toward a language citation European Studies majors as well as students taking the minor in European Union Studies students also take core courses on the historical development of Europe's nation-states and on the politics and economics of European integration in the contemporary period.
To fulfil the requirement of seven full courses, which constitute a "Major Program" for degree purposes, students may also select from a rich offering of elective courses available in the departments participating in the Program. See the Program Handbook for detailed listing of courses.
NEW: Students may also take a minor program in European Union Studies, which consists of four full credits, two of which are required core history and political science courses, and two of which can be selected from the list of eligible elective courses listed in the Program Handbook.
European Studies majors are also encouraged to participate in exchanges, internships, or other activities which may be available through the Faculty of Arts and Science Study Elsewhere program, or through programs organized by participating departments and/or other University bodies. Many of these programs, such as the European Commission internships, are highly selective; therefore, admission to the European Studies Program does not in itself guarantee participation or acceptance.
European Studies students can take advantage of many of the activities organized under the umbrella of the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies, the U of T The European Union Centre of Excellence, and the Munk School of Global Affairs. These activities include a rich program of workshops, seminars, occasional lectures by visiting scholars and diplomats, and conferences.
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