The Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) offers an interdisciplinary major and minor in European and Mediterranean studies focusing on contemporary patterns of politics, culture, and society, as well as on historical developments in Europe and the European-Mediterranean region. Majors may choose to write a senior honors thesis, involving one-on-one research with CEMS faculty. Advanced knowledge of a European language and a semester of study in one of NYU’s European-based sites are required of all majors to help ensure acquirement of a deeper understanding of the culture and institutions of a country in the European or Mediterranean region.
Although open to all students, the minor is especially suited to majors in European languages, history, or the social sciences.
CEMS offers and supports a wide array of activities, including lectures, workshops, and conferences dealing with both Western and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Both the major and minor are designed for students seeking pre-professional training for careers in international business and finance, diplomacy, international law, and cultural organizations dealing with Europe and the Mediterranean. Alumni have also pursued graduate and PhD studies in a variety of fields as well as Law School.
Undergraduates who are matriculated in the College of Arts and Science may also consider the B.A./M.A. program—an opportunity to earn both the bachelor's degree and the master's degree in a shorter period of time and at less cost than is normally the case. Read about the GSAS/CAS Tuition Program, which involves a 25% tuition discount.
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