Why take European Studies at Dal?

Choose from a broad selection of multidisciplinary courses

For more than two millennia, Europe has been the source of many of the ideas and cultural values of Western civilization and it continues in the 21st century. Develop a broad perspective on Europe through three main subject categories: history and politics; literature and ideas; and the fine arts. You’ll also learn a European language.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Department of European Studies
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

The idea behind Dal's European Studies program is that the best way to understand Europe is to take a wide range of courses from different departments.  

The courses are divided into three main categories:
•  history and politics, including a variety of other courses in the social sciences; 
•  literature and ideas, including the study of languages and courses in Philosophy; 
•  the fine arts, including courses in Music, Theatre and Film Studies. 

You will meet with a European Studies advisor to get the optimal mix that suits your own goals and interests.

Sample courses:

  • Europe: Ideas, Culture and Society to 1900
  • Sex and Gender in Reformation Europe
  • Revolution and Rationality: Foundations of Political Thought from 1789 to 1900

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

One of the greatest benefits of Dal’s European Studies program is how multidisciplinary it is. The breadth of knowledge and the critical thinking skills you’ll acquire will help prepare you for possible careers paths that are as varied as your individual interests, including:

  • ambassador or diplomat
  • economist
  • policy advisor
  • public affairs officer
  • grant writer

Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in European studies, arts, or a professional program such as law.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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