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European Studies

422A Lehman Hall  

This program is supervised by the Committee on European Studies:

Co-Chairs: Erk Grimm (Associate Professor, German), Lisa S. Tiersten (Professor, History)


The European Studies program at Barnard College enables students to combine disciplinary approaches to the study of Europe. Students ground themselves in a core discipline (history, political science, anthropology, sociology, theater, and philosophy, among others) that provides them with methodological expertise. They also take courses in the language and literature of a chosen region of Europe and complement this program with a selection of courses exploring Europe from other disciplinary perspectives. Students are encouraged to study abroad in the region of their interest.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a major in European Studies will be able to attain the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of Europe’s cultural heritage as well as its distinctive components;
  • Explain the role of language and literature within culture;
  • Apply different disciplinary perspectives to the study of a single region.