European Studies

Europe's history, culture and politics

If you are interested in European affairs, this program is designed for you, from Cervantes and Immanuel Kant to the French Revolution and the creation of the European Union. Work with faculty members to design a program of study that integrates those aspects of European affairs that meet your interests. European art, business, history, languages, literatures, music, philosophy, politics, archeology and religion are among the areas of interest you can explore in European Studies.

Featured Courses

Here is a sampling of a few courses that might pique your interest.

HIST 2350 History of Modern Europe
A survey of the major social, political, economic and intellectual developments in European history from the French Revolution of 1789 to the revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989/1990.
MGMT 3030 International Management
Introduction to behavioral and human resources issues facing managers of multinational corporations. Topics include culture, leadership, decision making, communication, motivation, employee development, selection and repatriation.

Degree Options

Discover your degrees, minors, concentrations and certification options available for this field of study.

European Studies, B.A.
This degree program is centered around European culture, history and economics, with a goal of facilitating understanding between different cultures. Courses develop language skills; international relations; and historical, social, political and cultural knowledge.

Minor in European Studies

Today’s challenges are global.

Complex global challenges, including climate change, refugees and poverty, require a broad approach to problem solving.

Multidisciplinary Faculty Team

Faculty members from across a range of academic fields will guide and mentor you as you discover and pursue your interests.

Develop Skills for Postgraduate Success

The ability to examine multiple perspectives, critical thinking and strong communication skills set you up for postgraduate success.

Our distinctive strengths

The European studies program supports a dynamic scholarly community composed of faculty, students and citizens who share interests in Europe and together seek to enrich local and national appreciation for, study of, and exchanges with Europe.
  • Very flexible program of study that can be pursued by itself or easily combined with other majors
  • Encourages students to explore different fields and languages
  • Encourages students to think critically about past and current social issues

Gain hands-on experience

European studies majors have access to numerous experiential learning opportunities available to them. Depending on the interest of the student, unique opportunities can be tailored to each student. Students will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience, giving them the ability to move theories into action.


Our curriculum emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking skills essential to any career (and therefore any Pathway), as well as scientific writing and experimentation skills that may be especially critical to students interested in any of our six Pathways tracks.

Study Abroad

Study-abroad is at the center of the program, with international study typically taking place between the completion of your first and third year at Millsaps. Study abroad programs are located across Europe and cover almost any interest. Study abroad in Europe is required for majors and encouraged for minors.

More About the Degree

Postgraduate Study

  • University of London

Careers of Recent Graduates

  • Activist
  • Cultural interpreter
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign service worker
  • Government administrator
  • Politician
  • Press agent
  • Advertising consultant
  • Diplomat
  • Ambassador
  • Law
  • Broadcasting
  • Teacher
  • Historian
  • Translator

Related Areas of Study

  • Art History
  • History
  • Economics
  • Self-Designed Major

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