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European Studies Minor

Program Details

The European Studies program provides students with  interdisciplinary flexibility, opportunities to conduct research, and diverse options for studying and completing internships abroad.

Studying with KU faculty in the broader disciplines such as social sciences, humanities, the arts, and business enables students to increase their awareness and understanding of Europe’s past, present, and future and its significant role in our increasingly globalized world.

European Studies Core Knowledge and Skills (9 hours):

  • Additional foreign language (3 hours). Completion of one additional foreign language course beyond the 4th semester proficiency language requirement (300 level or above), or any available additional language course in a modern western European language such as French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish or Spanish.
  • EURS 500 Seminar in European Studies
  • 1 approved modern European history course

European Studies Electives (9 hours):

Select 3 of the 4 following options:

  • 1 approved European politics course
  • 1 approved European economics or business course
  • 1 approved general European culture or history course
  • 1 approved national or regional European course

A current list of approved courses for the minor is available at European Courses at KU. Students may also requests the list from the Program’s Advising Specialist or Academic Director.

European Studies Minor Hours & GPA:

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours:
  • Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.
Minor Hours in Residence:
  • Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 
Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours:
  • Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.
Minor Graduation GPA:
  • Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all departmental courses in the Minor.
  • GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including Fs and repeated courses.
  • See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Brian Lagotte

Director, GIST Undergraduate Studies


Bailey Hall, 215

Nicholas Pellett

Academic Advisor, GIST Undergraduate Program

Jayhawk Academic Advising


Bailey Hall, 205D

We are happy you are interested in our program. We encourage you to contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Brian Lagotte,, to speak about the program and your interests.

If you are ready to declare a minor in European Studies, please make an appointment with Academic Advisor, Nicholas Pellett, at

European Studies

Programs in European Studies