International Studies | European Studies
International Studies Program
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, Texas 78212-7200
EUROPEAN STUDIES (Professors Nanette Le Coat* and Heather Sullivan)
The European Studies concentration invites students to consider Europe as a place both old and new, and to ask: what is Europe? What has it been historically? Who are its peoples? What ways have these peoples found to express themselves culturally and artistically? How have its boundaries, both political and cultural, been defined throughout its history? And, finally, how are these boundaries being redefined in our times? European Studies requires students to specialize in one or more European languages and encourages them to deepen their understanding of European culture by taking courses in a variety of different subject areas including art history, economics, history, political science, and religion. This foundation in language proficiency and cultural literacy provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue advanced degrees in the social sciences, to join the foreign service, or to develop careers in international affairs.
To complete the major, students must satisfy:
Required courses: HIST 3369: U.S. Diplomatic History, or PLSI 1331: Comparing Countries, or SOCI 1316: Places and Regions in Global Context. INTL 3100: International Studies Colloquium enrollment required during all semesters in the major. Completion of at least 33 semester hours.
Advanced language study: at least six upper division hours. This requirement may be modified in special circumstances upon recommendation of the advisor.
Study abroad: recommended, with the advice of the Study Abroad Advisor.
Senior portfolio: INTL 4104 must be completed in the senior year. The portfolio reflects upon work completed toward the major and explains its relevance to professional and scholarly goals.
Among the courses taken, the student must take at least one course in each of the following departments: History, Religion, and Political Science.
ARTH 1308 Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Art
The course is a continuation of ARTH 1307, though it may be taken independently. The course focuses particular attention on the humanist traditions of the Renaissance; the influence of religion, philosophy, science, and political patronage in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; and the impact of industry and modernity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
ARTH 3360 Twentieth Century Art: Cubism to Conceptualism (c. 1900-1970)
This course introduces students to the major twentieth century artists, works, movements, and art theories in Europe and the United States, circa 1900 to 1970. While concretely investigating a diversity of art practices, the course also considers the central relationship during this period between art and critical theories of modernism and postmodernism.
ECON 3343 Slavery and the Atlantic Economy (HIST 3384)
Interdisciplinary analysis of the Atlantic market joining Europe, Africa, and the Americas from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, with particular emphasis upon slavery, the slave trade, and the development of the "plantation complex." Makes explicit use of economic theory to explain historical change. (Also listed as HIST 3395.) Prerequisites: ECON 1311 and HIST 1334 or HIST 1340 or consent of instructor.
ECON 3351 Development of Economic Thought
A survey of the "Great Books" of Economics from Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations to John Maynard Keynes's General Theory. The course is intended to acquaint students with the ideas of the creators of economic theory in an effort to understand the intellectual forces that have shaped modern economic thought. Classical, Marxian, Neo-Classical, Institutional, and Keynesian theory will be studied and analyzed against the backdrop of the times in which the ideas were developed. Prerequisites: ECON 1311 and 1312.
ENGL 2301 British Literature: Epic to Romantic
An examination of the literary perspectives of cultural changes in English from the early medieval period to the beginnings of Romanticism.
ENGL 2302 British Literature: Romanticism and After
An examination of the literary expressions of cultural changes from the French Revolution through the mid-20th century, with a primary concentration on British writers, although other writers and texts may be used to broaden the course's perspective.
ENGL 3320 Modern Drama (DRAM 3336)
Study of trends in dramatic literature from Realism to the present. (Also listed as DRAM 3336)
ENGL 3367 British Literature: 1900-Present
Studies in major British writers and literary movements. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: ENGL 2302 or consent of instructor.
HIST 1334 Early Modern Europe (1500-1815)
Chief cultural and political developments from the Renaissance through the Napoleonic Empire, including the Reformation, Counter Reformation, Thirty-Years War, Puritan Revolution, rise of absolute monarchy, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. Special emphasis on religion and social change, church-state relations, ideals of religious reform, and critiques of religion itself.
HIST 1335 Modern Europe
Chief economic, political, and social developments in European society since 1815, including the Industrial Revolution, Marxism, the Russian Revolution, political and economic imperialism, World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, and the rise of totalitarian states.
HIST 3332 Culture and Society in Early Modern Europe
Discussion-oriented course focusing on everyday life of ordinary people in 16th-18th century Europe. Topics include family life, sexuality, working conditions, pre-industrial economy, popular religion, and witchcraft. Introduction to a variety of historiographical approaches: Marxist, Annaliste, micro-historical, cultural, comparative, and those informed by gender theory. Prerequisite: 3 hours of European history or consent of instructor.
HIST 3334 History of Russia
Major developments in the political history of Russian from the early tsars to the collapse of Communism.
HIST 3335 The Enlightenment .
This course examines the Enlightenment as both an intellectual and cultural watershed moment in eighteenth-century life in the West. Students will explore the social and political thought of the period, looking at a variety of topics such as natural law theory, religious toleration and the critique of absolute monarchy. Time will also be devoted to examining the emerging cultural institutions in which such ideas took form and circulated from the second half of the seventeenth century to the French Revolution. Prerequisite: HIST 1334 or consent of instructor
HIST 3336 French Empire in the Americas
Examination of French exploration and settlement in the Americas from the fifteenth century to the reign of Napoleon. Topics may include political, economic and cultural explanations for exploration, interaction with indigenes and slaves, daily life in the colonial era, and the growing tensions between France and other imperial powers. Prerequisite: Any one of the following: HIST 1334, 1360, 1370, or 1375; or consent of instructor.
HIST 3337 History of France from the Old Regime to the Present
History of France from the rise of Louis XIV in 1661 to the modern day. The course will focus on the rise of the nation-state, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the struggle for democracy in the nineteenth century, the World Wars, the cultural revolution of 1968 and will conclude with a consideration of the political, economic and cultural challenges facing France today.
HIST 3382 The City in History
Cross-cultural examination of urban life in the pre-industrial, industrial, and contemporary cities of Asia, Europe, and the Americas with special emphasis on the U.S. urban experience. Interdisciplinary perspective drawing upon history, political science, sociology, and urban planning for an understanding of the complexity of urbanization. (Also listed as URBS 3305.)
HIST 3384 Slavery and the Atlantic Economy (ECON 3343)
Interdisciplinary analysis of the Atlantic market joining Europe, Africa, and the Americas from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, with particular emphasis upon slavery, the slave trade, and the development of the "plantation complex." Makes explicit use of economic theory to explain historical change. (Also listed as ECON 3343.) Prerequisites: ECON 1311 and HIST 1334 or HIST 1340, or consent of instructor.
Modern Languages and Literatures
FREN 3303 French Civilization
A study of contemporary France through a variety of perspectives, including historical background, cultural, intellectual, and political traditions, and the Francophone world. Prerequisite: FREN 2302 or the equivalent, or consent of instructor.
FREN 3305 Introduction to French Literature I
A study of major works of French literature through the eighteenth century in the context of Western literary, political, and cultural history, and literary criticism. Prerequisite: FREN 2302 or consent of instructor.
FREN 3306 Introduction to French Literature II
A study of major works of French literature from the nineteenth century to the present in the context of Western literary, political, and cultural history, and literary criticism. Prerequisite: FREN 2302 or consent of instructor.
GERM 3305 Introduction to German Literature I
A study of exemplary works of German literature, theater, and art that illustrate major cultural changes in German history during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Prerequisite: GERM 2302.
ML&L 3321 German Cinema
This course will examine German films from the silent period in the early 1920s to the present. The course will introduce basic concepts of critical film analysis, while also examining the history of German cinema, how cinema conveys meaning, and how German culture and history are reflected in the films.
ML&L 3340 Russian Literature in Translation I
A study of major works of Russian literature through the early 1900s. RUSS 3305 and ML&L 3340 cannot both be taken for credit.
ML&L 3341 Russian Literature in Translation II
A study of major works of Russian literature from the early 1900s to the present day. RUSS 3306 and ML&L 3341 cannot both be taken for credit.
RUSS 3303 Russian Culture
A survey of the development of Russian culture from medieval through modern times. Art, architecture, music, and folklore will be emphasized. Prerequisite: RUSS 2302 or the equivalent.\
RUSS 3305 Introduction to Russian Literature I
A study of major works of Russian literature from its beginnings through the early 1900s. RUSS 3305 and ML&L 3340 cannot both be taken for credit. Prerequisite: RUSS 2302 or the equivalent.
RUSS 3306 Introduction to Russian Literature II
A study of major works of Russian literature from the early 1900s to the present day. RUSS 3306 and ML&L 3341 cannot both be taken for credit. Prerequisite: RUSS 2302 or its equivalent.
SPAN 3311 Spanish Civilization
A survey of the social, political, and cultural history of Spain. Prerequisite: SPAN 2302 or the equivalent, or consent of instructor.
SPAN 3331 Introduction to Spanish Literature
An examination of major literary movements, authors, and works of Spanish Peninsular literature from 1700 to the present. Prerequisite: 3 upper division hours in Spanish, or consent of instructor.
SPAN 4334 Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature A study of important works of Spanish Romanticism and Realism from a variety of perspectives. Authors studied include Espronceda, Zorrilla, Larra, Pérez Gáldos, Pardo Bazán, and Bécquer. Prerequisite: SPAN 3330 or 3331, or consent of instructor
SPAN 4336 Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
A study of important works of Spanish literature of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: SPAN 3331 or the equivalent, or consent of instructor.
MUSC 3341 Music History and Literature I
A survey of music in the Western art music tradition, beginning with ancient Greece and continuing through the music of the late eighteenth century. Important composers covered include Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Palestrina, Josquin, Haydn, and Mozart. Although designed as Part I of a two-semester history sequence, this course may be taken independently. Prerequisite: MUSC 1204 or consent of instructor.
MUSC 3342 Music History and Literature II
A survey of important figures and developments in Western art music from the late Classical era through the present, beginning with the music of the late eighteenth century, continuing with Beethoven, Berlioz, Schubert, and other nineteenth-century composers, and concluding with a sustained overview of the modern era from Mahler to Ligeti. Although designed as a continuation of Music History I, this course may be taken independently. Prerequisite: MUSC 1204 or consent of instructor.
PHIL 3322 Classical Modern Philosophy
A study of the classical modern philosophers, including the Rationalists: Descartes, Leibniz, and Spinoza; the Empiricists: Locke, Berkeley, and Hume; and the attempted synthesis of Kant. Prerequisite: PHIL 1301
PHIL 3323 German Idealism
A study of important thinkers and movements at the beginning of the 19th century. We will focus initially on Kant, and investigate how German Idealism and Romanticism developed in the aftermath of Kant's critical philosophy. After an extended treatment of Hegel, we will look at the Young Hegelians and Marx. The course will focus on issues in metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of history, and the problem of subjectivity. Prerequisite: PHIL 1301.
PLSI 3330 European Politics
A study of the successes and failures, strengths, and weaknesses of parliamentary democracy in various European countries. Prerequisites: PLSI 1331 and another three-hour lower division course in Political Science, or consent of instructor.
PLSI 3331 Political Economy of the U.S., Europe, and Japan
A comparative study of the relationship between the public and private sectors in the three regions with special emphasis on the extent to which government intervenes in the economy. Prerequisite: ECON 1312 or consent of instructor.
PLSI 3362 Modern Political Thought
What are the enduring questions of modern politics? An examination of freedom, authority, and democracy through the writings of the great political thinkers of the modern age. Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Marx, Mill, and de Tocqueville. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or consent of instructor.
PLSI 3363 Masters of Suspicion: Contemporary Political Thought
A study of many of the sharpest thinkers in the 20th century who have been opposed to democracy or pessimistic about its prospects. This course examines some of these thinkers and then takes up the work of other prominent contemporaries who have sought to defend democracy. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.
RELI 3341 The Jewish Tradition
A study of the major religious developments and issues within Judaism, as reflected in selected literature drawn from the biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and early modern periods. Prerequisite: RELI 2354
RELI 3342 The Christian Tradition
A study of the historical development of Christian doctrine and practice as reflected in selected scriptures, creeds, and theological works from the early church to modern times. Attention will be given to Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. Prerequisite: RELI 2355.
RELI 3343 The Islamic Tradition
An examination of Islam as a diverse, living tradition practiced by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Will include discussion of the foundations of Islamic religion and of issues such as women and Islam, the jihad, and Islamic fundamentalism. Prerequisite: RELI 2356.
Sociology and Anthropology
ANTH 3358 The Anthropology of International Relations
An examination of the processes of culture contact among the peoples of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the New World, and its effect on the distribution of wealth, power, and status in the modern world system. Topics to be covered include colonialism, nationalism, and cultural revitalization with special emphasis on Africa and Latin America.
Speech and Drama
DRAM 3336 Modern Drama (ENGL 3320)
Study of trends in dramatic literature from Realism to the present. (Also listed as ENGL 3320.)
Trinity student Jigdrel Singay (left) participates in the Model United Nations program in Boston.