A European studies interdisciplinary minor allows for students to expand their knowledge of the rich culture, history, and society of Europe. With courses ranging from history, religion, modern languages, economics, among others, students in any major can expand their knowledge of Europe beyond their specific discipline to gain a more wholistic understanding of European society and culture.
The European Studies minor is designed to provide a broadened education to students in any field for which knowledge of European culture, society, and institutions would be beneficial. It is particularly relevant to those who would like to live and work in Europe or pursue jobs with regular travel there.
A graduate with a European Studies minor will be better positioned to assume professional roles that involve cultural, business, or social connections with people and institutions in Europe. This is relevant in fields such as business, politics and government, non-governmental international organizations (NGOs), travel and tourism, museums, libraries, non-profit organizations, clergy or religious organizations.
Additionally, a European Studies minor with such a rich array of multidisciplinary classes will be very attractive to teachers or future scholars in fields such as history, English, music, political science, economics, elementary education, among others.
Schreiner offers many opportunities to study abroad in Europe, which is a core component of the minor. Schreiner has yearly summer study abroad opportunities in Europe. Students have travelled to diverse countries such as England, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Slovakia, and Romania. Students can also complete full semesters abroad. Recently, students have completed semesters abroad in Italy, Spain, and Hungary.