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Regional Focus: Europe (ISEE)


Regional Focus: Europe (ISEE)


  Europe has long been a site of struggle over issues of self-identity, politics, ethnicity, class, gender, and religion, among others. The focus in European Studies proposes an in-depth study of European history, economics, politics, geography, theater, art and literature in order to convey the complexity of the European scene, past and present.

 

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Europe

This region of focus will take an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the meaning of Europe, examining the history of its development, and its contemporary relevance. Courses may analyze the historic impact of national, ethnic, religious, and class identities, or the various art forms (art, drama, and/or literature) produced by European cultures, emphasizing the arts as a forum for the portrayal of ethical issues within human experience. 

A variety of scholarly and literary sources are used to provide the student with a varied and balanced view of this complex region.

Courses will concentrate on teaching students to read closely history and the arts, and critically analyze both by investigating the different social, political, intellectual, and religious contexts, as well as the ideologies and symbolisms imbedded in the arts, history and culture or Europeans.

 

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Regional Coordinator

Evguenia Davidova evguenia@pdx.edu

East Hall 337  (503) 725-8992

For a different regional coordinator, please visit the corresponding Regional Focus page. (See menu in the left margin above.)

Regional Focus

At least 20 upper-division credits (with a grade C or above) from adviser-approved, area-specific courses appropriate to the student's regional focus; selected from departments and programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the Graduate School of Education, the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the College of Urban and Public Affairs.

INTL 452 The European Union is a required course and must be completed as one regional focus course.

For a list of recommended Europe-related courses, you can view all lists under FORMS/LISTS.

Foreign Language

A common misconception is that globalization has reduced the value of knowledge of languages other than English.

The International Studies major requires that students demonstrate second-year proficiency in one language appropriate to their regional focus (as of Fall 2015 catalog year).  For students taking courses at PSU, second-year proficiency is defined by successful completion of the terminal course in the second-year language sequence.

Since this requirement is met by proficiency and not credit hours, you may have learned the foreign language outside of a classroom, for example, from relatives or by living abroad. If this is the case, please contact the World Languages and Literatures department for information on how to satisfy this requirement and demonstrating third-year proficiency.

Adviser-Approved European Languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Norwegian
  • Greek (Modern)
  • Danish
  • Finnish
  • Swedish

Education Abroad

There is not an education abroad requirement associated with the International Studies major; however, our students are encouraged to pursue international experience opportunities. Portland State University's Education Abroad Office offers study abroad opportunities in the following countries in Europe:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey

For more information on any of these programs please visit the Education Abroad office in East Hall 101.

Need a reason to study abroad??  . . . just read this article and it will inform you of many of the benefits of an intercultural academic experience!