Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the Major


What are the requirements for the major in European and Mediterranean Studies? 

Students are required to take ten courses with contemporary Europe content beyond the introductory level: two in European history; two in European culture (literature, philosophy, fine arts or cinema); two in the European social sciences (politics, anthropology, sociology or economics); two in any of the three aforementioned categories; one senior honors research seminar in European studies; and one independent study during the final semester, through which a grade is earned for the senior thesis.

Majors in European and Mediterranean Studies must have or attain advanced-level knowledge of a major European language other than English (e.g., French, German, Greek, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish). In order to prove this knowledge, students must successfully complete an advanced level language course or have taken an advanced-level course in the language.  The alternative to this is to pass the CAS proficiency exam prior to graduation.

Majors are also required to complete at least one semester of study abroad.  Exemptions can be made if students can provide sufficient evidence to justify not being able to study abroad.

What are the requirements for the minor in European and Mediterranean Studies?

Students who minor in European and Mediterranean studies must fulfill the following course requirements: one course in European history; one course in European culture (literature, philosophy, fine arts or cinema); one course in European social sciences (politics, anthropology, sociology or economics); and one additional course in any of the aforementioned categories.  All minor programs must be designed in consultation with the center’s undergraduate program adviser.

Students minoring in European and Mediterranean studies must demonstrate proficiency in at least one European language above the intermediate level (e.g., French, German, Greek, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish).

Where should I go to declare a major or minor in European and Mediterranean Studies?

You can declare the major or minor by coming to the department and filling out a major or minor declaration form. Students studying abroad can declare the major or minor by sending e-mail to european.studies@nyu.edu.

When can I declare my major?

Generally, students can declare their major in their sophomore year. However, students must be in CAS to officially declare.

Where can I find European Studies undergraduate forms?

All forms (major and minor checklists and major and minor declaration forms) are available on our website. Hard copies are also available in the department.

What is the senior thesis?

The senior thesis is an integrative project with a problem area where the first draft of the thesis is developed by the student in the Undergraduate Research Seminar during the fall semester.  It may be an expansion of a research paper that the student has written for a course during his/her undergraduate work at NYU. Professor Madigan Fichter will be assigned as the senior thesis advisor and students will be expected to meet with her over the course of the spring semester to consult on the completion of the thesis.

Students are required to register for an Independent Study (EURO-UA 6584) in conjunction with the writing of the thesis during the spring semester—the grade for this course will be based on your final thesis.

The senior thesis is required to be 50 pages in length. The format of the paper and deadlines will be discussed in the research seminar.

Will I need to take an Independent Study while writing the senior thesis if I graduate in January?

No. This requirement will be waived for students graduating in January, and students will be given a separate set of deadlines for the submission of their thesis.

I want to study at a non-NYU study abroad site, where should I go for approval?

While it is preferred that your study abroad requirement is completed at an NYU site, with the permission of the European and Mediterranean Studies department and Dean Kalb’s office (Silver Center, 909 B) you can study at an external site.  

Dean Kalb’s office is responsible for determining credit equivalency prior to your departure.  You should have an official transcript sent to his office at the end of your study abroad.

Does studying abroad in the summer count as a semester abroad?

Yes.

Should all my courses focus on one country?

No. Taking courses that focus on comparative issues in Europe and the Mediterranean is advisable, as well as those on individual European countries. However, try to organize your study so that the course content relates to your specific area of interest. The courses that you count toward your major will be helpful in determining a research topic for your senior thesis.

What courses would count towards the social science requirement?

Courses in contemporary European economics, politics, sociology and anthropology would satisfy the social science requirement.

Where do I look for courses with European content that will count towards the major or minor?

The major is interdisciplinary, therefore students should look through the various NYU departments (e.g., anthropology, economics, European language and literature departments, history, politics, sociology, etc.) to find courses that will satisfy the major.

What percentage of European content should a course have to count towards the major and or minor?

More than 50% of the course content should relate to Europe. Exceptions can be made if the student can justify the relevance of the course to their program. Students should seek departmental approval for their courses prior to registration.

What time frame does Contemporary Europe represent?

Courses content should not begin before the mid-1800’s and should have some relevance to present day. However, an exemption can be made on a case-by-case basis if the students can provide justification.  Exemptions should be limited to one course exception.

Where can I find a schedule for the current semester European Studies course listings?  

Course schedules for current and previous semesters are available on our website. Hard copies are also available in the department.

How do I know if a course will count towards the major or minor?

Students can make course inquiries to the European Studies department Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by calling (212) 998-3838 or by e-mailing european.studies@nyu.edu.

Can I overlap courses if I am double-majoring?

Yes.  We allow students who are double-majoring to overlap a total of two applicable courses between majors. However, you must also gain approval from the other majoring department.

Can I overlap courses between my major and my minor in European Studies?

Yes. We allow students to overlap a total of one applicable course between your major and our minor. However, you must also gain approval from the majoring department.

Can I count an internship towards one of my major or minor requirements?

Yes. If you complete a four point European and Mediterranean Studies internship, it can be counted towards one of the course requirements. The type of internship you complete will determine which course requirement the internship will satisfy.

How can I find a European and Mediterranean Studies internship?

It is the students’ responsibility to look for their own internships. The internship must be approved by the undergraduate advisor prior to registration. More information about internship requirements, as well as a list of organizations where CEMS students have found internships in the past, can be found on the our website.

Can I count an Independent Study towards one of my major or minor requirements?

Yes. Students must submit an Independent Study (IS) proposal to the undergraduate advisor for approval prior to registration. It is the student’s responsibility to find an NYU faculty member who will be willing to work with them over the semester. The IS content will determine what course requirement the IS will satisfy.

Can MAP courses be counted towards the major or minor?

Many MAP courses do not go beyond the introductory level, and therefore will not satisfy any part of the major requirements.  However, decisions about these courses will be made on a case-by-case basis and will depend on course content. Students are responsible for clearing the use of any MAP course with the MAP program.

Can GSP courses be counted towards the major or minor?

Yes. However, decisions about these courses will be made on a case-by-case basis and will depend on course content.

Can AP courses be counted towards the major or minor?

Yes. However, decisions about these courses will be made on a case-by-case basis and will depend on course content.

ALBERT does not accurately list the courses I have used to satisfy the major or minor. What’s wrong?  

Students are expected to gain approval for courses being counted towards the major or minor prior to registration. The approval for these courses is kept in our student files. During the students’ senior year, the department will send a final listing of courses to the registrar’s office to clear them for graduation. So before this point, courses being counted towards the major or minor may not be accurately listed. There is no need to worry about this.

What are the requirements for Departmental Honors?

Students who have completed at least 64 points of graded work in the College may be awarded degrees with departmental honors if they complete the designated honors sequence in a department and maintain the requisite grade point average. There are three levels: honors, high honors, and highest honors.

Students seeking admission to and graduation with departmental honors are expected to have a minimum grade point average of 3.65, both overall and in the major. Departments may exercise some flexibility in admissions, as follows. In rare cases where a candidate for admission to a departmental honors program falls short of the expected minimum GPA, the director of undergraduate studies or the director of departmental honors may petition the director of college honors for an exception. In all cases, once admitted, students are expected to maintain the GPA at the stipulated level in order to graduate with departmental honors. Should there be an exceptional circumstance in which the stipulated GPA is not maintained, the director of college honors may be petitioned for an exception. If the case is compelling, the latter will inform the Registrar’s Office of the waiver.

Honors programs must, minimally, be a two-term (8-point) experience that includes a research project. The research project, which typically culminates in a thesis, should reflect sustained original research over two semesters. The scope and length of a thesis will vary by discipline, but the thesis is typically 40 to 60 pages in length.

Students with double majors in discrete, unrelated disciplines must complete honors programs in each major for which they seek honors. Students with double majors in interdisciplinary or related fields may, if the two departments concur, convene a joint honors committee to establish an interdisciplinary research program of course work that culminates in a single thesis. Similarly, in the case of joint majors, the relevant departments must work out an agreement on the requirements for honors and on the supervision and evaluation of students’ theses or projects.

Advisement Questions

Who is my academic advisor?

A member of CEMS faculty will be assigned to you as an advisor. Please email european.studies@nyu.edu for more information.

What do I need to do to be cleared for registration?

Prior to registration, you should create a proposed schedule for the upcoming semester and e-mail a copy to Professor Madigan Fichter (madigan.fichter@nyu.edu) and Anastasia Skoybedo (anastasia.skoybedo@nyu.edu) including the following information:

Name
University ID Number (N number)
Proposed course names
Proposed course numbers (including section number)
What major requirements are these courses fulfilling?

Where do I obtain access codes for courses offered in the European and Mediterranean Studies department?

Access codes can by obtained by calling the department at (212) 998-3838 or by e-mailing Anastasia Skoybedo (anastasia.skoybedo@nyu.edu).  For courses outside of European Studies, you should contact the sponsoring department.

Questions about the B.A./M.A. program

Where can I find information about the European and Mediterranean Studies B.A./M.A. program?

Information about the B.A./M.A. program can be found on the department website.

Do I have to be a European and Mediterranean Studies major to apply to the B.A./M.A. program?

No. The B.A./M.A. program is open to NYU undergraduates who are matriculated in the College of Arts and Science (CAS).

When should I plan on applying to the B.A./M.A. program?

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 48 credits toward the bachelor's degree but not more than 96 credits or six semesters, whichever comes first (Advanced Placement (AP) credits may be counted for this purpose).

Where should I go for an application and to find out more about the program?

General information and advisement about the program is available in the College Advising Center, Room 905, Silver Center. As early as possible, students should discuss with an adviser how the program might fit into both their curricular program and their longer-range plans.

Questions about eligibility for, or application to, the B.A./M.A. Program should be directed to the CAS Advising Center, tel: 212-998-8130.