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Minor in
European Union Studies

Options and requirements

On May 1, 2004, the European Union admitted 10 new members; it now spans from Western Europe to the Baltic Region, Eastern and Central Europe, and to Cyprus. The new Europe manifests itself in different ways—through integrated economic markets, Europe-wide elections, evolving political institutions, and emerging European identity. The European Union minor seeks to address these issues by equipping students with the analytical tools to deal with the "making of the European Union."

The minor requires 18 credit hours of core coursework, 15 of which must be within the College of Arts & Sciences. Students take one core course in each of three areas and 9 elective credits selected in consultation with the advisor, along with a language, to complete the minor. Students must take a minimum of 9 credit hours of upper-level (300/400) coursework and maintain a GPA of at least 2.000 in fulfillment of all courses taken toward minor requirements.

Requirements for minor in European Union Studies

Eighteen credit hours of course work to be distributed as follows, plus a language requirement.

  1. Students must take one course from each of the three areas of concentration (Politics/Public Policy, Economics/Business, and Culture/Identity):
    • Politics/Public Policy
      POLS Y351/WEUR W304 Model European Union (3 cr.)
      POLS Y350/WEUR W405 Politics of the European Union (3 cr.)
      POLS Y335 West European Politics/WEUR W301 Modern European Politics & Society (3 cr.)
    • Economics/Business
      BUS G494 Public Policy and the International Economy (3 cr.)
      ECON E390 Undergraduate Seminar Topic: Economics of European Integration (3 cr.)
    • Culture/Identity
      GEOG G428/WEUR W405 Geography of Europe (3 cr.)
      WEUR W405 Special Topics in West European Studies Topic: The Idea of Europe (3 cr.)
      GER G394 /WEUR W406 Special Topics in West European Studies Topic: The Idea of Europe: Order and Identity (3 cr.)

  2. Students take another 9 elective credit hours. The elective requirement can be met in two ways:
  3. Students are required to complete two years of study of one of the languages of the European Union member countries other than their native language.
    • IU currently offers instruction in 17 official languages of the EU. Check with the appropriate department to determine if two years of study is offered.

A list of current cross-listed courses is available through the advisor. For more information, see the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin.

To declare a minor in European Union Studies, please call (812) 855-4538 or email to set up an appointment with our academic advisor.


For all WEST courses, including cross-listed courses please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes.

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