Under the guidance of the European and Mediterranean studies thesis adviser (generally the professor teaching the required CEMS Undergraduate Research Seminar), students prepare a preliminary program outline at the time they declare their major. Although there are no formal tracks, courses are normally organized around the interests of a student in one of two ways:
- an emphasis on European and Mediterranean societies, past or present —their challegnes and policies;
- or an emphasis on European and Mediterranean cultures—their ideas, values, and artistic and literary trends.
The program enables students to organize their courses around a practical or theoretical problem in European society or culture, from a historical or contemporary perspective, that is applicable to one or several countries. Examples of challenges include: population movements and their impact in Europe and the Mediterranean region; the changing impact of politics on culture and social cleavages; changing patterns of religious expression in Europe; literary expression and social change in Europe; the European approach to urban problems; migration and ethnicity in Europe; equality and inequality in Europe; and democratic transition in Europe. The senior research thesis project will involve invesitagating the major themes and and issues related to the chosen topic under the guidance of the CEMS thesis adviser.
Ten 4-point courses (40 points) beyond the introductory level that deal with Europe and the Mediterranean must be completed (with a C grade level or higher) within the following disciplines:
- Two courses in culture (literature, philosophy, art history, or cinema)
- Two courses in the social sciences (politics, anthropology, sociology, or economics)
- Two additional courses in any of the three preceding categories
- One senior honors seminar in European studies (EURO-UA 300)
- One independent study during the final semester, in which students complete and earn a grade for the senior thesis
The interdisciplinary senior honors seminar should be taken during the first semester of the senior year.
Majors are also required to complete at least one semester of study away. Students may petition the director of the center for exemption from this requirement.
Majors in European and Mediterranean studies must demonstrate advanced-level knowledge of a major European language other than English (such as French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Greek, or Russian). To demonstrate this knowledge, students must successfully complete an advanced-level language course. The alternative is to take a College of Arts and Science (CAS) placement exam and score above the intermediate level.
All students minoring in European and Mediterranean studies must demonstrate proficiency in at least one European language above the intermediate level (such as French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or Greek). They must also complete four 4-point courses (16 points) with a C or better as follows: one course in European history; one course in European culture (literature, philosophy, art history, or cinema); one course in social sciences (politics, anthropology, sociology, or economics); and one additional course in any of the three preceding categories. All course programs must be designed in consultation with the center's undergraduate program adviser.
This program offers qualifying majors in European and Mediterranean studies the opportunity to earn both the B.A. and the M.A. degrees at reduced tuition cost. By completing some of their graduate requirements while still undergraduates, students can finish the program in five years.
Majors may apply for admission to the program after they have completed at least 48 points in the College, but not more than 96 credits or six semesters. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, using the normal criteria for the M.A. program, except that applicants are not required to take the GRE. The committee bases its decision on students' undergraduate records and recommendations of NYU instructors.
Eight graduate courses are required, and students choose from three tracks—European politics and policy, European culture and society, and Mediterranean studies. The master's thesis may be a revision of the senior thesis project.