Global Studies Minor with a Specialization in European Studies

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Global Studies Minor with a Specialization in European Studies

Designed for students with an interdisciplinary interest in the history, culture, politics, societies, and institutions of Europe.

Goals and Requirements

The minor in Global Studies, with a specialization in European Studies, is designed for undergraduate students who have an interdisciplinary interest in the history, culture, politics, societies, and institutions of Europe, past and present.  Students will work with their minor advisor to develop their individual programs.  The minor is especially well-suited for undergraduates who plan to make Europe-based overseas studies a part of their Stanford experience.



  • Allow students with an interdisciplinary interest in Europe to organize their studies in a coherent and mentored minor.
  • Allow students who want to participate/have participated in a Bing Overseas Studies Program in Europe to prepare for/follow up on it.



Completion of 28 units that include the following:

  • 3-unit SGS introductory course,  GLOBAL 101: Critical Issues in Global Affairs.
  • 5-unit core seminar course, INTNLREL 122: Introduction to European Studies.
  • 5-unit survey course on European history or culture. For the list of courses that fulfill this requirement, please visit Survey Courses on European History or Culture.
  • 15 additional units on a coherent theme of interest developed with the minor advisor.  This combination of courses can be on virtually any thematic subject with an interdisciplinary and comparative focus on Europe.
  • At least 13 of the 28 units need to be completed on the Stanford campus.
  • For a representative, rather than comprehensive, list of courses that count towards the minor, see the European Studies Specialization list under the Related Courses tab for the Global Studies minor.

Advanced proficiency in a modern European language achieved by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of six quarters of college-level study of a modern European language.
  • Completion of a course taught in a modern European language at the 100-level or higher and with a letter grade of "B" (3.0) or higher.  This may be a course on a European language or literature, or some other subject, as long as it fulfills the above criteria.  Note that this course in European literature or another subject may be double-counted towards the foreign language and the minor unit requirements.
  • Achievement of the advanced proficiency level on the ACTFL scale in a test administered by the Stanford Language Center.

A capstone experience in European Studies, including but not limited to one of the following:

  • 25-page minimum research paper with a focus on European Studies.
  • Successful completion of an overseas study program or internship in Europe.


Steps for declaring the Global Studies Minor with Specialization in European Studies:

  • Make an appointment with one of the two European Studies faculty advisors, Anna Grzymala-Busse ( or Christophe Crombez (  It is important that you meet with an advisor to review degree requirements and to determine if the Global Studies Minor is a good fit for your academic interests. 
  • Together with the faculty advisor, declare the Global Studies Minor in Axess and then select the specialization in European Studies.

Program Contacts

Anna Grzymala-Busse
Director, The Europe Center
Faculty Advisor

Christophe Crombez
Faculty Advisor

Terence Bantilan
Program Administrator