European Studies

Applicable for the 2022-2023 academic year.

C.Ruiz (Spanish and Portuguese); C.Steckenbiller (German Studies, CGJIR); T.Ragan (History)


The minor in European Studies complements established regional and thematic tracks such as Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, or Russian and Eurasian Studies, and provide students with an opportunity to study a specific context from an interdisciplinary and critical perspective. Many disciplines, departments, and programs at Colorado College focus directly or indirectly on questions concerned with Europe in national, transnational, or comparative contexts. The minor forges new connections between these disciplines, departments, individual faculty members, and students, allowing students to create a personal course of study focused on European issues. In so doing, it provides a platform to share ideas and resources, to collaborate, and to critically interrogate Europe in new and innovative ways.

Minor Requirements

Minimum of 5 units

Students will work with their minor academic advisor to select courses intentionally and strategically as they align with their interests. Students are also encouraged to seek out study abroad opportunities at and beyond CC to fulfill requirements for the minor.

Keystone Course (1 unit):

GS232 Unraveling Europe

This course can be taken at any point in one’s studies and will be taught at least once a year.

Elective Courses (4 units):

Four courses that focus on Europe, one of which must be comparative or transnational in nature. These courses must be from at least two different departments or programs, and not more than one may come from the student’s major department.

These courses are frequently offered at the college. See list of representative courses and contributing faculty members below.


Completion of the third block (or the equivalent) at Colorado College of a language historically or commonly spoken in Europe other than English. Those languages include Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Students may petition to substitute another language if more relevant to their course of study.

The Integrative Experience (not taken for academic credit):

This capstone experience provides students with the opportunity to critically examine a topic that has captured their interest over the course of their study in the minor. Working under the guidance of their minor academic advisor, these capstones may take different forms. Students may write an interdisciplinary and critical paper (8-10 pages), or they may choose to create a digital liberal arts project. They may present a creative arts project, a documentary film, an original music composition, a choreographed dance, or any other discipline-specific project, which should be accompanied by a short essay in which they contextualize and reflect critically on their work. Presentations of capstones for the minor will take place annually.

List of Representative Courses

Below please find a list of some of the regularly taught courses in European Studies. Although some topics courses that focus on Europe appear on this list, others will be evaluated on an ad hoc basis.


AH115: The Western Tradition from Ancient to Early Renaissance (we have a global alternative)

AH116: The Western Tradition from High Renaissance to Modern Times (we have a global alternative)

AH120: Global Architecture I: Pyramids to Cathedrals 3000 BCE-1400 CE

AH121: Global Architecture II: Renaissance to the 21st Century

AH207: Greece & Rome

AH208: Byzantine Art

AH209: Late Antiquity: Imperial Rome, Mystery Religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam

AH221: Art of the Renaissance

AH223: 16th Century Art of Europe

AH231: The Age of the Baroque: Art and Empire of the 17th Century

AH232: Art of the Dutch Republic

AH241: Art and Revolution: Europe in the Nineteenth Century

AH243: The Birth of Modernism

AH275: Art in Context: Art and Revolution: Paris in the Nineteenth Century

AH275: Paris on a Precipice: Early Twentieth Century Challenges in Art and History

AH342: Turn of the Century Art in London, Paris and Vienna


CL216: History of the Roman Republic

CL219: Greek Drama

CL221: Invention of History

CL226: Roman History: Literature and Culture of the Augustan Age

CL236: History of the Roman Empire

CL250: History of Classical Greece

Comparative Literature

CO120: Literature, Power, and Identities: Marginalized Identities

CO121: Literature, Place, and the World

CO130: Literature and Contemporary Issues

CO131: Literature, Texts, and Media: Romantic Encounters

CO200: Landscape, Monuments, and Myth

CO220: The World of Odysseus: History & Myth

CO300: Topics in Comparative Literature: Samuel Beckett

CO300: Topics in Comparative Literature: Vladimir Nabokov

Economics and Business

EC255: The Economics of Climate Change

EC385: The Industrial Revolution in Britain


EN205: Study of a Genre: Satire

EN225: Introduction to Shakespeare

EN280: Afropean Women Writers

EN329: Milton

EN302: History of the English Language

EN311: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

EN312: The Other Chaucer

EN313: Dante’s Divine Comedy

EN321: Renaissance Poetry

EN326: Studies in Shakespeare

EN328: Renaissance Drama

EN352: 18th-Century British Fiction

EN360: Gender and the Gothic

EN362: British Romantic Fiction

EN365: British Romantic Poets

EN385: Black Writers in Paris 1900-1960

EN405: Shakespeare in London

Feminist and Gender Studies

FG214: Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlin 


Film and Media Studies

FM200: Global Queer Cinema


FR310: Literature & Film

FR316: Topics in French Culture

FR319: Topics in French Culture

FR329: Paris & the Arts


GR220/320: Multiethnic Germany

GR220/320: Turkish German Cinema

GR220/320: Italian and German Culture through Film

GR220/320: Green Germany

GR220/320: Berlin in Film

GR220/320: Fascist Modernism

GR220/320: Prisons and Prisoners

GR220/320: Representing the Holocaust

GR220/320: Romanticism in Music

GR220/320: Journey to the Dark Side of the Psyche


HY110: Africa and the Second World War

HY110: Encountering the Past: Sorcery, Magic, and Devilry: The History of Witchcraft

HY110: Encountering the Past: Roundheads, Regicide, and Reaction during the English Civil Wars, 1625-60

HY110: The French Revolution

HY110: Revolutions in Writing

HY110: The Animal-Human Boundary

HY111: Berlin, Capital of the Twentieth Century

HY200: The Age of Romance: Music and History in the 19th Century

HY200: Paris on a Precipice: Early Twentieth Century Challenges in Art and History

HY202: Fascism and Its Afterlives in Europe

HY204: Dreamworlds and Nightmares in the Soviet Union

HY224: Mass Culture, Counterculture, Avant-Garde

HY274: The Medieval Imaginary

HY276: Renaissance and Reformation

HY277: Europe in an Age of Absolutism

HY287: Enlightenment Culture

HY302: Crusades

HY307: History of Sex: Traditions

HY324: Haunted Landscapes: History, Memory, and the Built Environment


IT320: The Rise of Fascisms: History, Theory, Representations

IT320: Black Italian Cinema and Digital Performance

IT320: Come to Hell: Dante and Our World

IT320: New Italian Cinema

IT320: Italian Mafia Movies

IT320: Italian Neorealist Cinema

IT320: Italian and German Culture through Film

IT320: Love & Anarchy: Romance, Sex, and Politics in Italian Cinema

IT304-305: Gli Italiani e gli Altri: Fra Romanzo, Saggio, Musica e Poesia

IT304-305: Lingue, Arti, Culture e Tradizioni in Italy


MU227: Romanticism in Music

MU228: The Age of Romance: Music and History in the 19th Century

MU283: Mozart and His Age

MU284: Beethoven

MU286: Romantic and Early Modernist Eras

MU398: In the Footsteps of J. S. Bach


PH101: Greek Philosophy

PH203: Topics – History of Modern European Philosophy: Descartes to Kant

PH203: Topics – History of Modern European Philosophy: Romanticism to Nihilism

PH203: Enlightenment and Its Discontents

PH205: French Philosophy in Context: 1930 to the Present

PH210: Ancient to Early Modern Western Philosophy

PH245: History of Social and Political Philosophy: Modern Debates

PH260: Existential Philosophy

PH265: Sigmund Freud

PH302: History of 20th Century Continental Philosophy

PH342: Critical Theory

Political Science

PS102: Freedom and Empire: The Drama of Ancient Politics

PS220: Socrates

PS290: Introduction to Political Philosophy

PS308: Comparative Politics: Russia

PS310: Comparative Politics of Central Europe

PS312: Balkan Politics

PS344: Realism and Idealism in Political Philosophy

PS348: Conduct of Russian Foreign Policy


RE110: Bible: Myth and History

RE206: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Traditions

RE213: Apocalypse


RS200: Chekhov: Inventing the Modern Short Story

RS210: Topics: Russian Woman: The Search for Identity in film, 1930s to present

RU255: Russian History in Russian Literature I

RU256: Russian History in Russian Literature II

RU350: Tolstoy in Translation

RU351: Dostoevsky in Translation


SO270: Contemporary French Society


SP360: Studies of Periodization: Don Quixote: A Journey through Cervantes’s World

SP370: Genre Studies: Contemporary Spanish Film

SP316: Monstrous Bodies in Spanish Baroque Cultural Productions

SP316: The Other in Spanish Mass Culture Productions: From Baroque Theater to Contemporary Film

SP316: Cultures of Spain

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