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European Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

The purpose of the curriculum in European Studies is to help prepare students to pursue careers requiring an understanding of all the forces, both material and cultural, contemporary and historical, that are shaping Europe today, in the transitions involved in the post-Soviet era and the movement toward greater political, economic and cultural integration among the various nations of Europe West, East, North and South. Students may pursue European Studies either as an area concentration for its own sake or as a supplement to the development of particular expertise in a related discipline. Students may also focus, within the major, on Hellenic Studies or Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies.

Major category: Open

Topic(s): Social sciences

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Degree requirements

Applicant type

Applicant type

Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).

European Studies is an open major. You may declare this major at any time after enrolling at the UW as long as you are in good academic standing. Visit the department website for more information.

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

Departmental application deadline: Students in good academic standing may declare the major at any time, including on their application for admission to the UW.
Please contact the department for details about the application process.
Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the major before transfer. See the European Studies website.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses recommended for the major:

  • JSIS 201 SSc – Making of the 21st Century (available at Bellevue, Edmonds and Shoreline Colleges)
  • Two years of a European language 1st and 2nd year college level of a European language. May also be satisfied by proficiency or placement exams (desirable, not required).
  • HSTEU 113 SSc – Europe And The Modern World OR Survey course on modern Europe.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 6
Total from Washington community colleges: 1

Career outcomes


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