Carroll College, Helena Montana
Carroll European Studies

European Studies

Program Overview

What is "Europe"? Scholars, students, politicians, artists, philosophers, and economists have attempted to answer that question for centuries, perhaps millennia. As the only program of its kind in Montana, the Minor in European Studies at Carroll College takes a cutting-edge approach by incorporating several different perspectives on European politics, society, and culture. This minor encourages students to take courses in a variety of fields - from history, literature, philosophy, and theology to political science, theater, and music - while examining critical questions related to Europe's regional and international contributions and challenges. Students who complete this minor will gain important insight into Europe's past, present, and future while considering how it is that a peninsula covering 7% of the world has leveraged so much influence internationally.


Where do we begin?

  • Pursue graduate studies on topics related to European studies in a variety of disciplines, from political science and history to philosophy and theology
  • Teach English-language courses in several European countries, including France, Spain, Germany, and Italy
  • Work for a variety of international organizations, from the European Union to NATO and the United Nations
  • Attend law school and pursue a career in the field of international human rights while working at The Hague 
  • Work for a multi-national corporation such as Microsoft, Expedia, Sony, or Apple in countries such as Britain, Norway, Poland, or the Czech Republic
  • Work for a U.S. embassy in a European country 
  • Work for the Associated Press or an English-language newspaper such as the International Herald Tribune in Europe
  • Cover Europe-related topics for PBS, NPR, and other news outlets 
  • Pass the Foreign Service Exam and become a diplomat

10 reasons

to choose carroll college for european studies

  1. Ask and answer the question “What is Europe?” from a variety of perspectives
  2. Understand the contributions of European societies and cultures to the contemporary world
  3. Examine Europe’s international impact from the historical and contemporary perspectives
  4. Acquire the skills and knowledge to work for the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, and U.S. embassies
  5. Comprehend how a variety of academic disciplines examine and understand Europe, from history and political science to philosophy, literature, theology, and theater
  6. When you study abroad in Europe, understand the cultures better
  7. Develop foreign language skills
  8. Did somebody say something about croissants and berets? Explore European approaches to film, music, clothing, and food
  9. Why is the Eiffel tower such a big deal? Did the London Bridge really fall down? Was there really an “Iron Curtain” in Europe? What about that Berlin wall everyone keeps talking about? Wouldn’t it be great to backpack through Europe... with a strong understanding of the places you’re visiting?
  10. Where else can you earn a minor in European studies... while living in Montana, “the last best place”?