Pre-2013 (LSMA) Requirements


Students admitted to Modern European Studies in fall 2012 or earlier, when it was part of Columbia’s Liberal Studies Master of Arts program, may fulfill the LSMA requirements or elect the new, shorter and more focused set of requirements approved in 2013. Students who entered in fall 2013 may fulfill the LSMA requirements, although we encourage you to elect the new requirements. Contact Tess Drahman (td2430@columbia.edu), if you want to discuss the new requirements.

Pre-2013 Requirements

Students must complete 36 credits, including the thesis, to graduate. Use the Pre-2013 Checklist to track your degree progress. Of the 36 credits, 30 must be at the graduate level (4000 or higher). The 36 credits must include:

One introductory course addressing the overall history, culture, religion, or politics of modern Europe. (Students are recommended to take the first semester of the European Studies Colloquium, MEUS 6100, to satisfy this requirement.)

One course from each of the following four categories:

  • History
  • Social sciences, religion, or philosophy
  • Literature
  • Art history, architecture, film, or music;

Six elective courses related to modern Europe; and

A Master’s thesis completed in the final term and registered under RSRH G4990 Research Seminar or MEUS G4999 Supervised Individual Research.

Students may count up to 6 credits at the 3000 level toward the degree. No more than 6 credits of courses on a modern European language, at the 3000 level or higher, may count toward the degree. Certain 4-credit, 3000-level history classes may be taken for graduate credit as HIST G6999 with the approval of the instructor and the History department. No courses taken pass/fail or for R credit (auditing) may count toward the requirements for the degree.

All courses that count toward the degree must be approved by the Program Director. A list of pre-approved courses may be found here. After consulting with the Program Director, students may take up to two courses not specifically on Europe provided the final course project is on a European topic. Students may receive credit for some courses taken at New York University through NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. Consult the Program Director.

The thesis is based on original research supervised by a faculty advisor. Click here for the thesis guidelines.

The European Institute provides competitive grants to Modern European Studies students who want to conduct thesis research in Europe. The application process begins in the spring semester.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing
All students must maintain good academic standing to remain in the Modern European Studies program. Requirements for good standing include:

  • Maintaining a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher in every semester
  • Making steady progress toward creating a disciplinary concentration and meeting requirements for the geographical distribution of courses
  • Identifying a thesis topic and a member of the faculty willing to serve as your advisor

Note that the Graduate School requires you to maintain continuous enrollment unless you receive a leave of absence. Part-time students must complete the degree within five years. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the program.

Students admitted to Modern European Studies in fall 2012 or earlier, when it was part of Columbia’s Liberal Studies Master of Arts program, may fulfill the LSMA requirements or elect the new, shorter and more focused set of requirements approved in 2013. Students who entered in fall 2013 may fulfill the LSMA requirements, although we encourage you to elect the new requirements. Contact Tess Drahman (td2430@columbia.edu), if you want to discuss the new requirements.

Pre-2013 Requirements

Students must complete 36 credits, including the thesis, to graduate. Use the Pre-2013 Checklist to track your degree progress. Of the 36 credits, 30 must be at the graduate level (4000 or higher). The 36 credits must include:

One introductory course addressing the overall history, culture, religion, or politics of modern Europe. (Students are recommended to take the first semester of the European Studies Colloquium, MEUS 6100, to satisfy this requirement.)

One course from each of the following four categories:

  • History
  • Social sciences, religion, or philosophy
  • Literature
  • Art history, architecture, film, or music;

Six elective courses related to modern Europe; and

A Master’s thesis completed in the final term and registered under RSRH G4990 Research Seminar or MEUS G4999 Supervised Individual Research.

Students may count up to 6 credits at the 3000 level toward the degree. No more than 6 credits of courses on a modern European language, at the 3000 level or higher, may count toward the degree. Certain 4-credit, 3000-level history classes may be taken for graduate credit as HIST G6999 with the approval of the instructor and the History department. No courses taken pass/fail or for R credit (auditing) may count toward the requirements for the degree.

All courses that count toward the degree must be approved by the Program Director. A list of pre-approved courses may be found here. After consulting with the Program Director, students may take up to two courses not specifically on Europe provided the final course project is on a European topic. Students may receive credit for some courses taken at New York University through NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. Consult the Program Director.

The thesis is based on original research supervised by a faculty advisor. Click here for the thesis guidelines.

The European Institute provides competitive grants to Modern European Studies students who want to conduct thesis research in Europe. The application process begins in the spring semester.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing
All students must maintain good academic standing to remain in the Modern European Studies program. Requirements for good standing include:

  • Maintaining a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher in every semester
  • Making steady progress toward creating a disciplinary concentration and meeting requirements for the geographical distribution of courses
  • Identifying a thesis topic and a member of the faculty willing to serve as your advisor

Note that the Graduate School requires you to maintain continuous enrollment unless you receive a leave of absence. Part-time students must complete the degree within five years. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the program.

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