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.
Each program combines intensive language training with the study of Europe’s diverse societies and cultures. Students typically graduate with a strong command of one or more foreign languages and a solid understanding of the complexities of contemporary Europe—essential skills both for successful careers with an international focus and for advanced degree programs in a broad variety of fields, including, for example, international business, law, international relations, journalism, and cultural studies.
The Department of European Studies is deeply committed to fostering a learning environment supportive of diversity and inclusivity, in which all our faculty, staff and students are respected and represented. We recognize that our experiences and perspectives are formed at the intersections of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender and gender identity, ability, class, sexual orientation, religion, language, culture, and beyond. We champion an intellectual community that addresses unequal structures of power at all levels, from the local to the global, and works to eradicate systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression in the interest of social justice. We also provide experience with ways of thinking and expressing oneself that are inflected by cultural contexts within and beyond the Americas. Our welcoming, transcultural, and multilingual departmental community prioritizes support and mentoring of students, staff, and faculty from all backgrounds.