European Studies

Welcome to the European Studies webpage. On this page you'll find the mission of the department, departmental student learning goals, a curricular map and assessment schedule, and progress made from the most recent Program Review Action Plan (2008-2009). If you have questions about the assessment findings or questions about the department, please contact Sarah Pruett, Languages and Cultures Department Chair, at [email protected].

MISSION

The Languages and Cultures Department prepares students to be linguistically competent and culturally knowledgeable global citizens. Through in-depth and multidisciplinary studies of literature, history, art, and popular culture, students develop insights into complex human experience from many times and places.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse ways in which history, philosophy, literature, theology, and the fine arts explore the human condition in a European context.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the ways in which at least three of these areas work together to define the chosen historical period.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze primary texts with cultural awareness.

CURRICULAR MAP and ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

Curriculum map of European Studies: European Studies courses   are drawn from 10 different departments/programs: Languages and Cultures,   History, English, Philosophy, Theology, Art, Hispanic Studies, Humanities,   Theater and Music. Many courses from European study abroad and internship   programs may count toward the European Studies major. The major lends itself   to cross-disciplinary learning and creative projects; careful advising   insures that students have the guidance needed to pull   together different threads into a coherent curriculum and capstone project.

 

 

 

European   Studies goals

HIST

4 credits in chosen concentration (classical, medieval, or modern)

 

PHIL or FA

4 credits, focus on Europe

 

Literature 4 credits, focus on Europe

Language

4 credits,

level 212 or higher in Latin, Greek, French, German or Spanish

 

Capstone 2 credits, presented in a public forum

Goal 1: Analyze, synthesize and   explain historical evidence and perspectives and the causes for historical change in a European context.

 

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Goal 2: Demonstrate high   intermediate or advanced   proficiency in Latin, Greek, French, German, or Spanish.

 

 

 

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Goal 3: Demonstrate awareness of   the cultural context where the target (European) language is used.

 

 

 

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Goal 4: Demonstrate insights into European literary   works and the cultural contexts which shaped   them.

 

 

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Goal 5: Present a coherent research project about events and ideas from   literature, history, and other arenas in the chosen historical period in Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

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Humanities   (HM) goals

HIST

4 cred in chosen concentration

PHIL or FA

4 credits, focus on Europe

Literature

4 credits, focus on Europe

Language

4 credits, level 212 or   higher in a European language

Capstone

2 credits, presented in a public forum

Goal 1: Students will engage with texts using the   analytic, critical, sympathetic, and/or speculative methods of one of the Humanities disciplines.

 

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Goal 2: Students will demonstrate critical thinking   and effective communication through writing about and discussion of the   examined texts.

 

 

 

 

 

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