Minor in European Studies

What is the European Studies minor?

The European Studies minor is a multidisciplinary program in European history, politics, and culture designed to provide undergraduate students with a broad understanding of European ideas and institutions over time. The minor is open to students in all major fields.

Why learn about Europe?

Europe is intrinsically connected to important concepts and historical developments such as revolution, religion, imperialism, capitalism, industrialization, individualism, democracy, communism, human rights and welfare states. These concepts, formative for Western society, have had global significance as well. Though no longer dominant, Europe today remains a complex, fascinating and vital region of the world, and one grappling with an array of fundamental political, socioeconomic, and cultural challenges, from enlarging the European Union to determining the future of the welfare state to integrating former colonial subjects into European societies as full citizens.

Who should declare a minor in European Studies?

  • Students interested in European society, culture, art, history and politics in any time period 
  • Students who have studied in Europe or want to study in Europe
  • Students preparing for careers in the arts, international politics, international business, teaching or the foreign service
  • Students who wish to show employers or graduate schools their expertise in a region outside of the United States
  • Students who want to become global citizens

How do I find out more?

For additional information or advising, contact the European Studies program coordinators, Prof. Sarah Curtis, at (415) 338-2250 or email at scurtis@sfsu.edu, and Prof. Scott Siegel's email at snsiegel@sfsu.edu.


How many courses do I need to take for the European Studies minor?

  • Seven courses (21-24 units), of which three (9-10 units) form a required core curriculum and four (12-14 units) are electives in humanities and literature, social sciences, and art history or the performing arts. Students can design an elective program that reflects their particular interests in a time period, country or other specific focus.
  • Students must also complete one year of college-level study (or its equivalent) in a European language other than English.
  • At the discretion of the European Studies coordinator, courses taken in certified SF State Study Abroad programs may be substituted for the minor requirements.

Core Courses


  • History 111 (Western Civilization II) (3 units)
  • History/IR 346 (Recent European History) (3 units)

Choose one of the following: (3-4 units)

  • History 348 (Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History)
  • Humanities 410 (The Modern Revolution)
  • Political Science 352 (Political Theory: Reformation to Nineteenth Century)
  • Political Science 353 (Political Theory: 20th Century)
  • Philosophy 303 (Modern Philosophy)


A full list of eligible electives is available on the advising worksheet (PDF)

Humanities and Literature (3 units)

Choose one elective from appropriate courses in: Comparative and World Literature, English, French*, German*, Humanities, Italian*, Jewish Studies, Modern Greek Studies, Philosophy, Russian* and Spanish.*
* Some courses in these departments may have prerequisites. 

Social Sciences (3-4 units)

Choose one elective from appropriate courses in: History, International Business, International Relations, Jewish Studies and Political Science.

Art History and the Performing Arts (3 units)

Choose one elective from appropriate courses in: Art History, Cinema, Music and Theater Arts.

Additional Elective (3-4 units)

Choose one elective from appropriate courses in any of the three areas (Humanities and Literature, Social Sciences, Art History and the Performing Arts) above.

Foreign Language Requirement

One year of college-level language study, or two years of high school language study, or demonstration of equivalent competency in a European language other than English.

Study Abroad

Appropriate courses taken in CSU or bilateral programs in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom may substitute for the above requirements, at the discretion of the European Studies director.

Total number of courses:

Seven courses (21-24 units) plus foreign language requirement

Faculty for European Studies

Sarah A. Curtis, Program Co-Coordinator, Department of History 
Office: Science Building 267
Phone: (415) 338-2250
Email: scurtis@sfsu.edu

Scott N. Siegel, Program Co-Coordinator, Department of International Relations
Office: Humanities Building 331
Email: snsiegel@sfsu.edu

  • Richard Mann, Art History
  • Steve Kovacs, Cinema
  • Ellen Peel, Comparative and World Literature
  • Shirin Khanmohamadi, Comparative and World Literature
  • Bill Christmas, English
  • Sara Hackenberg, English
  • Sandra Luft, Humanities
  • Saul Steier, Humanities
  • Bérénice Le Marchand, French
  • Anne Linton, French
  • Blanca Missé, French
  • Olivia Albiero, German and Italian
  • Volker Langbehn, German
  • Ilona Vandergriff, German
  • Sarah Curtis, History
  • Anthony D'Agostino, History
  • Laura Lisy-Wagner, History
  • Jarbel Rodriguez, History
  • Sophie Clavier, International Relations
  • Scott Siegel, International Relations
  • Andrei Tsygankov, International Relations/Political Science
  • Christopher Concolino, Italian
  • Elisabetta Nelsen, Italian
  • Gustavo Calderón, Spanish
  • Mike Hammer, Spanish
  • Kitty Millet, Jewish Studies
  • Martha Klironomos, Modern Greek Studies
  • Nicole Watts, Political Science
  • Pamela Hood, Philosophy
  • Alice Sowaal, Philosophy