IX. Graduate Programs

European Studies

MA Program

The European Studies MA program is designed to provide students with a flexible, interdisciplinary approach to European Studies that allows for specialization within a core discipline and promotes expertise in European languages, culture, history, and contemporary politics and society. The program combines humanities and social science perspectives on the study of European cultures and the concept of European identities to prepare students for future study and research at the doctoral level, either in a related core discipline or an interdisciplinary program. It also equips students for careers in any area in which knowledge about Europe, a solid training in research, and an in-depth understanding of the forms of inquiry and methodology of more than one discipline is critical for success.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission must hold a BA in an honours program or equivalent from a recognized university or college. The applicant must have achieved a grade average of at least B+ in the work of his/her last four semesters or last two undergraduate years (full-time equivalent). Applicants, normally, must have reading competence in one of French, German, Italian or Spanish, equivalent to third year undergraduate level. However, exceptions may be made for applicants who have lower degree of proficiency but have particularly strong qualifications in other respects.

Degree Requirements

All European Studies MA students will take a minimum of six semester courses, each worth 0.5 credits, including: a) Core courses: Team-taught courses on European Identities (EURO*6010) and Research Methods (EURO*6000). b) Electives: 2.0 credits to be chosen from a list of restricted electives. Students will also write a research project (EURO*6100), worth 1.0 credit) of approximately 12,000 words under the direction of a faculty member. Study Abroad It is strongly recommended that students spend a term studying abroad, in a country where their core language is spoken. This is of particular importance for students who have not made study abroad a part of their undergraduate program. While abroad, students will have the opportunity to develop language proficiency by taking language courses, take courses towards degree requirements or conduct research for their major project. The minimum average for graduation is 70%.

University of Guelph
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Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1