Loyola University Chicago

European Studies Minor

About Us

The College of Arts and Sciences Introduces the new interdisciplinary European Studies Minor. European Studies explores the history, politics, economics, and cultures of the peoples of Europe from ancient times to the present.

The European Studies minor will appeal to students who are interested in a deeper understanding of European nations, cultures, and people, who want to explore their own European heritage, or to complement their majors in areas such as Anthropology, Fine and Performing Arts, History, Global and International Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Theology.

European Studies minors will also develop a level of proficiency in one of the European languages beyond the general requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Our students will find the chance to mold their own major exhilarating. Add the excitement of a semester or year spent immersed in another culture and you've got a valuable undergraduate experience.

Learning Outcomes:

Students completing a European Studies Minor will:

  • Acquire a general awareness of the impact that Europe has had on global affairs and conversely, the effects of global forces on Europe.
  • Possess general knowledge of the common cultural heritage of European peoples.
  • Understand the factors that have shaped Europe politically, socially and economically throughout history.
  • Acquire a basic understanding of present-day European institutions.
  • Achieve a mid-intermediate level of a European language proficiency.
  • Be prepared to complement their European studies at the Loyola campus with more in-depth "on the ground" study of a specific European country, to further their knowledge of that country's language, culture, history and to better understand the political, social and economic problems confronting it.