The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Interdisciplinary Major in European Thought

European Thought Track

The Center for European Studies and the Jefferson Center for Core Texts and Ideas offer a collaborative major in the great books of Europe, from classical antiquity to the present. Courses in History, Philosophy, Classics, Government, Religious Studies, and Literature will explore the wide range of ideas and intellectual disciplines that have influenced the course of European and, by extension, global history. By entering into debates between radically different schools of thought, and by understanding the historical contexts in which the ideas are generated and become influential, students will develop critical tools with which to engage major contemporary intellectual trends.

Courses that may be counted toward a European Studies major in European Thought include: 

lower division

C C 301 Introduction to Ancient Greece
C C 302 Introduction to Ancient Rome
CTI 302 Classics of Social and Political Thought
CTI 304 The Bible and Its Interpreters
GOV 314 Competing Visions of the Good Life
HIS 309K Western Civilization in Medieval Times
HIS 309L Western Civilization in Modern Times
HIS 317N-1 The Roots of Religious Toleration
PHL 301K Ancient Philosophy
PHL 301L Early Modern Philosophy
PHL 305 Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
R S 304 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
R S 318 Rise of Christianity

upper division

AHC-4 History of Greece to End of Peloponnesian War
AHC 325-1History of Rome: The Republic
CTI 345 Satan and the Idea of Evil
CTI 366 Life and Works of Adam Smith
CTI 365 Classics of Social Scientific Thought
GOV 335M Natural Law Theory
GOV 351C Classical Quest for Justice
GOV 351G Critics of Modern Liberalism
GOV 351J Might and Right Among Nations
GOV 379S Jerusalem and Athens-Honors
HIS 322C Cultural History of World Science to 1650
HIS 322D The Scientific Revolution of the Seventeenth Century
HIS 322G History of the Modern Life Sciences
HIS 332G European Intellectual History from the Enlightenment to Nietzsche
HIS 322M History of Modern Science
HIS 332J Twentieth-Century European Intellectual History
HIS 343 The Age of Reformation
HIS 343G Italian Renaissance, 1350-1550
HIS 344G Twelfth-Century Renaissance: 1050-1200
HIS 350L-32 The Galileo Affair
HIS 350L-33 Heresy and the Inquisition
HIS 350L-57 Law and Society in Early Modern Europe
HIS 350L-64 Einstein in the Age of Conflict
HIS 350L-74 Mystics, Visionaries, and Heretics in Medieval Europe
HIS 350L-81 Enlightenment and Revolution
HIS 353 The French Revolution and Napoleon
HIS 362G-12 Heretics and Freedom Fighters, 1350-1650
HIS 362G Marx and Western Marxism
HIS 362G Sacred and Secular in Modern European Thought
HIS 362P Spinoza and Modernity
LAT 365 Augustine's Confessions
HIS 366N Biology, Behavior, and Injustice 
PHL 329K History of Ancient Philosophy
PHL 329L Early Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
PHL 349 History of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
PHL 354-2 History of Christian Philosophy
PHL 354-5 Origins of Liberalism
PHL 366K Existentialism

See the degree plan here. 
For more information on the European Studies major, click here.
Or contact: Lorraine Pangle, Thomas Pangle, Douglas Biow, or Tracie Matysik