European Studies

The European Studies program focuses on the study of Europe and particularly, the community known as the European Union, the largest and strongest trading bloc in the contemporary world.

Students in the program acquire a fluency in one of the major official languages of the European Union and study the politics and economics of the region.


Admission Information

  • Apply to the Humanities or Social Sciences admission categories on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English, are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Bachelor Arts Programs

  • European Studies (major)
  • European Union Studies (minor)


First-Year Courses

  • There are no courses offered by the European Studies program in first year


Advice for First Year

Students interested in the European Studies major program should take an introductory language course from one of the following areas: Czech, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Polish, Ukrainian, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, or Spanish.

Students interested in the European Union Studies minor program should take one of:
  • HIS103Y1 – Statecraft and Strategy
  • HIS 104Y1 – Ten Days that Shook the World
  • HIS 109Y1 – The Development of European Civilization
  • OR any first-year political science course


New Courses

Starting in Fall 2016, the European Studies Program launched a new program in Hellenic Studies. Students can now take Modern Greek Language at the first, second and third year levels (courses listed under EUR in the timetable), Contemporary Greek Politics in the Political Science Department at the 300-leveland a 4th year seminar in the European Studies Program that studies Greece, the Balkans and the European Union.



The aim of the program is to produce graduates who have the linguistic competence, the cultural comprehension and the specialized knowledge to operate effectively on the European scene either in one of the countries of the European Union or within a Canadian-based organization dealing with them.

In general, a practical working knowledge of another European language in addition to English is excellent preparation for the increasingly international job market of the future.

Direct career options include:

Teaching Journalism
Research International development
Business Law
International trade Foreign Service 
Policy and research Non-governmental organizations


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First Year