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  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018

European Studies, B.A.


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The European Studies major is an integrated, interdisciplinary area-studies program. Students choose from a range of courses taught in different departments, selecting a focus that reflects their individual interests (e.g., German or Irish Studies).

The program requires competence in a European language, background to grasp the complexity of European history and civilization as a whole, as well as a specialization in one field of study. As such, it provides students with a solid preparation for graduate school or a career in government or private enterprise. One semester of study in Europe is strongly recommended but is not mandatory.

European Studies majors who have a specialization in German and a minimum GPA of 3.5 are eligible once per year for the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts Conrad Lester merit-based scholarship.

Objectives


  • Intermediate proficiency in one European language (4 semesters at LMU or equivalent). LMU offers French, German, Italian, and Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as well as Greek, Latin, and Modern Greek in the Department of Classics and Archaeology. EURO language courses are also available in the LMU Study Abroad Programs in Europe. Once per year during the Spring semester, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a general proficiency test in German (ZD), which is internationally recognized and certifies the language skills of the student to prospective employers in the public and private sector. It is administered free of charge for graduating European Studies students with a concentration in German within their major.
  • Knowledge of the historical, intellectual, political, and religious contexts of Europe, past and present.
  • Knowledge of the art and literary works of Europeans, past and present.

European Studies Student Learning Outcomes


European Studies students are expected to demonstrate:

  • Linguistic proficiency in one European language (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Latin, and/or Modern Greek)
  • Knowledge and understanding of:
    • The history of Europe (History)
    • The history of ideas in Europe (Philosophy)
    • The politics of Europe (Political Science)
    • The religious contexts of Europe (Theological Studies)
  • Familiarity with cultural expressions of Europeans such as:
    • European literature (Classics, English, European Studies, Foreign Literature in Translation, French, German, Italian, Spanish)
    • European art history and creative arts (Art History, Film, Theatre Arts)
  • Reflection on/assessment of:
    • Reasons why a major in European Studies was chosen
    • Cultural competency (what they have learned)
    • Content of the courses selected for the European Studies major
    • Development and evolution in the European Studies major
    • Extracurricular activities connected with the European Studies major (study abroad experiences, program-related activities, work experience/internships).

Student Learning Outcomes will be assessed through a Senior Capstone Project (EURO 5000 ), which consists of a portfolio completed during the second semester of the senior year. The portfolio is a collection of multiple samples, usually compiled over the course of studies, accompanied by a personal reflection essay, which shows that the student has met the objectives of the European Studies Program.

Major Requirements


LMU students wishing to declare the European Studies major must meet with the program director. The director will sign the student’s Change of Program form provided the student is in good academic standing, which includes having a minimum cumulative LMU GPA of 2.0 (C).

Lower Division Requirements (20 semester hours):


Elementary- and intermediate-level language courses (EURO 1181 , EURO 1182 , EURO 2283 , EURO 2284 ) are available in the LMU Study Abroad Programs in Europe. Study Abroad students might have to take the LMU Placement Exam upon return to fulfill lower division requirements.

Upper Division Requirements (25 semester hours):


Group A:


8 semester hours chosen from the courses below, which examine the historical, intellectual, political, and/or religious contexts of Europe, past and present.

Group B:


8 semester hours chosen from the courses below, which examine the art and literary works of Europeans, past and present.

Group C:


8 semester hours of electives chosen from:

  • Additional Group A and Group B courses above
  • Additional European languages courses (lower division eligible for credit)

One semester hour:


Note:


European Studies majors are encouraged to select core classes with a European focus.

European Studies Model Four-Year Plan


The normal course load is 16 semester hours (4 classes). By following the model below, a student will complete all lower division core requirements by the end of the sophomore year as well as most major prerequisites. Note that core areas are suggested to provide a distribution of various disciplines every semester. Please be flexible implementing these suggestions, given your own interests and course availability. In four years, this plan meets all common graduation requirements.

Freshman Year


Fall Semester


  • European Language 4 semester hours
  • FFYS 1000 First Year Seminar 3 OR 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • European Language 4 semester hours
  • RHET 1000 Rhetorical Arts 3 OR 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Sophomore Year


Fall Semester


  • European Language 4 semester hours
  • EURO History requirement 4 semester hours 
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 14-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • European Language 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Junior Year


Fall Semester


  • EURO Upper Division 4 semester hours
  • EURO Upper Division 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 14-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • EURO Upper Division 4 semester hours
  • EURO Upper Division 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 14-16 semester hours

Senior Year


Fall Semester


  • EURO Upper Division 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • EURO 5000 Capstone Project 1 semester hours
  • EURO Upper Division 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 14-17 semester hours

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