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2012-2013 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Western European Studies Concentration


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Western European Studies

Chair(s):

Kelly Maynard

In this concentration, understanding a culture so rich and complex as that of Western Europe requires interdisciplinary study of its histories, languages, and cultures. Carefully selected courses in the Humanities and Social Studies can provide access to methods and fields basic to such knowledge. In order to assure that courses in the concentration are indeed carefully selected, students consult with their academic adviser and the program chair (the concentration adviser should not be from the major department). Together, student, adviser, and chair work out a course of study for the final four semesters that also must have the approval of the committee.

Because of the great variety of courses taught about Western European society and culture, students may opt for any of three possibilities for this concentration: the Classical Heritage, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, or Modern Europe.

Independent work in the third and senior years provides an opportunity to complete and unify the concentration; it may not be used to fulfill any departmental major requirements. Participation in approved off-campus study programs is strongly encouraged; up to 8 credits in such a program may, with approval of the committee, count toward satisfying the requirements as listed below. All relevant coursework completed in Grinnell-in-London can be used to satisfy concentration requirements. 

Note: The Western European Studies Concentration is being revised during the 2012-2013 academic year, which may affect the 2013-2014 catalog.  Students may continue to declare as concentrators during this time.

Track I: The Classical Heritage, 22 credits


Required: Language competence in Greek or Latin, as certified by the Department of Classics (equivalent to completion of GRE 222  or LAT 222 ), and 22 credits distributed as follows:

1. Literary Study, 8 credits, such as:


3. 6 credits in 297 and 397, independent work.


Track II: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, c. 1100–1700, 22 credits


Required: Language competence, as certified by the relevant department (equivalent, for example,

to LAT 222 , FRN 222 , GRE 222 , or SPN 285 ), and 22 credits distributed as follows:

2. Humanities, 8 credits


8 credits that deal with the art, literature, philosophy, or music of Western Europe in the period from

c. 1100 to 1700

3. 6 credits in 297 and 397, independent work.


Track III: Modern Europe, c. 1750–Present, 22 credits


Required: Language competence, as certified by the relevant department (equivalent, for example, to LAT 222 , FRN 222 , GRE 222 , or SPN 285 ), and 22 credits distributed as follows:

2. Humanities, 8 credits


8 credits that deal with the art, literature, philosophy, or music of Western Europe since 1750

3. 6 credits in 297 and 397, independent work.


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