Department of European Studies

The Department of European Studies at San Diego State University is one of the few integrated, interdisciplinary European Studies departments in the United States. It takes a comprehensive and transnational approach to the study of Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Mediterranean, and Europe’s diasporic and postcolonial communities around the world.  

The department offers a number of distinct degree programs, which in addition to the European Studies major include specialized B.A. degrees in French, German, German Studies, Russian, and Russian and Central European Studies. The department also offers minors in European Studies, French, German, Italian, Russian, and the Master’s degree in French.

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Outstanding Graduating Senior 2024

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(From left) Madison Saylor and Amy Harker-Rosskopf

Congratulations to this year's European Studies Outstanding Graduating Senior (French), Madison Saylor, and Most Influential Faculty, Amy Harker-Rosskopf!

Madison Saylor is a 22 year old student from Northern California. This year she is graduating summa cum laude as a double major in French and English. In addition to this education, in the past four years Madison has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant and a Private Tutor in both English and French. She is now a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Society and in 2023 she was the recipient of the SDSU Aztec Alumni Scholarship. After graduation Madison will continue her education by pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at SDSU, where she will use the skills learned in both her undergraduate degrees to make her own written contributions to the world. With this degree she also plans to begin teaching college level courses and sharing with upcoming students her love of English and French literature. Originally Madison fell into the language program by happy accident, but she quickly discovered her love for the French language, culture, and literature. Madison is thankful for all that she has learned as a part of the SDSU French program and attributes much of her current and future success to the amazing professors and faculty in this program. She is grateful to have received this award and hopes to remain involved with the French Program in the future.

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Kafka Project at SDSU

The Kafka Project @ SDSU

The Kafka Project is the third official search to recover the last writings of Franz Kafka, working on behalf of the Kafka Estate of London, England. Under the auspices of San Diego State University's College of Arts and Letters since 1998, the Kafka Project has worked with the German government for the discovery and return of Kafka's unpublished letters and notebooks.

The project is directed by Kathi Diamant and was moved to the Department of European Studies in early 2023.  Building on the results of the last search conducted by Max Brod and Klaus Wagenbach in the mid-1950s, the Kafka Project is a non-profit volunteer organization, funded by donations, pooling resources, skills and knowledge to resolve a literary mystery.

Amir Issa on stage with  Paolo “Ceasar” Catoni

Amir Issaa breaks down language barriers with the help of SDSU

Italian rapper Amir Issaa presents an English version of his popular novel “This Is What I Live For,” translated by Clarissa Clò and students.

Amir Issaa hosts a Q&A session at SDSU after presenting the bilingual version of his book, “This is What I Live For,” on Oct. 31.

On Nov 4, following the showing of Italian film, Scialla at MOPA in Balboa Park, Issaa and Paolo Ceasar Catoni describes the production process for the soundtrack.

See the event photos on the Daily Aztec.


Statement of Solidarity

with the people of Ukraine

The Department of European Studies strongly condemns Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine for whom this war will take an enormous toll and join those around the world, including in Russia and Belarus, who are urging for an end to this war of aggression.

with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 

The Department of European Studies stands in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. We stand against racist misogyny, gendered racism, and hate. We encourage everyone to Sign the Pledge.

with Black Lives Matter and Against Anti-Blackness

SDSU’s College of Arts and Letters stands in solidarity with our Black communities. We denounce racism in any form and violence against Black people, and we stand firm in our belief that Black lives matter. We encourage everyone to Sign the Pledge.

As a community of university faculty and staff, it is our duty to actively support and advocate for solutions to systemic racism across our nation, the world, and our campus. Read the full statement.