B.A.; 45 places
What is European studies?
European Studies is a broad-ranging and integrated programme that offers students the chance to learn European languages, and also to study history and social sciences. This programme encourages students to think about our Continent in all its complexity, and to analyse Europe’s cultures, literature, and politics.
European Studies: The course for you?
If you enjoy studying languages, and have an interest in history, politics, and the workings of contemporary society you will enjoy this course. European Studies is designed for students with a broad intellectual appetite, and who are interested in a range of disciplines and subjects.
European Studies @ Trinity
European Studies at Trinity offers a unique and broad range of languages and subjects for study, and draws on the expertise and dedication of lecturers from a wide range of disciplines. Staff from different departments work together to deliver a fully-integrated programme that offers flexibility and choice for students. European Studies attracts students with strong potential from Ireland and abroad.
Graduate skills and career opportunities
The language skills and understanding of a variety of disciplines gained through European Studies allow our graduates to take up opportunities in a diverse range of careers. Recent graduates are employed in international organisations both in Ireland and abroad, in the EU, in the civil service and the diplomatic corps, in business, finance and marketing. Other popular career paths are in consultancy, teaching (in Ireland and abroad), translating and interpreting, journalism and tourism. Many students go on to do postgraduate courses.
Your degree and what you’ll study
You will study two out of six available European languages: French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, or Spanish (Italian, Polish, Spanish, and Russian can be studied from beginner level). Both languages are studied equally in the first two years, after which one becomes your major, and the other your minor language. As well as languages, you will study European history, the history of ideas, and social sciences (politics, economics, and sociology). Assessment is conducted through a mixture of course-work and examinations.
JUNIOR FRESHMAN (FIRST YEAR)
In the Junior Freshman year, students study their two chosen languages. They also study ‘European history (1500-1800’), ‘An introduction to the history of ideas’, and ‘An introduction to social science’.
SENIOR FRESHMAN (SECOND YEAR)
In the Senior Freshman year, students continue to study their two chosen languages. They also study ‘European history (1800- )’, ‘The Making of Modernity, 1750-1820’, and can choose from options in history, politics, sociology, and economics.
JUNIOR SOPHISTER (THIRD YEAR)
The Junior Sophister year is spent at a university abroad studying through the language you choose as your major language. Exchanges have been established with history and political science departments in universities in France (Paris, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Bordeaux), Germany (Hamburg, Tübingen, Freiburg, Vienna), Italy (Pavia, Siena), Poland (Cracow), Russia (Moscow) and Spain (Seville, Salamanca, Alcalá, Oviedo, Zaragoza). The year abroad may entail additional expenses for students but support funding under the European Union’s Erasmus scheme partially offsets this (with the exception of Russia, outside the Erasmus scheme).
SENIOR SOPHISTER (FOURTH YEAR)
In the Senior Sophister year, language work focuses on your major language. Coursework for your minor language concentrates mainly on comprehension and textual analysis. The core course in your final year is called ‘Modernity and Society: Ideas and Culture in Europe since 1850’. Additionally, you will choose options from a wide range of modules from history, political science, sociology, and a number of culture and literature options from the language departments. Students who so wish to do so may write a ten thousand-word dissertation (replacing one of the options) on a subject of their own choice under the supervision of a member of staff.
If you would like to find out more detailed information on all the modules offered, please visit www.tcd.ie/European_Studies/undergraduate/
Please see above for details on the Junior Sophister year.
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What our current students say
Eimhin O’Reilly, 4th year student.
“I have had a great opportunity to take a broad variety of disciplines in European Studies, and then to specialise in subjects of particular interest to me. Staff and students in European Studies at Trinity come from a range of countries and backgrounds which provides a great context for study. I was delighted to have the chance to spend my third year at a university in Spain. I am going to use the knowledge and skills I have gained from European Studies as I begin my career working abroad.”
Number of Places
CAO code (Central Applications Office code) isTR024
For general admission requirements please click here
Applicants must present with at least one European language (other than English and Irish) in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent). If candidates are presenting one language (other than English or Irish), they must attain a grade of H3 or higher.
If candidates are presenting two or more languages, they must present at least one of French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and they must attain at least the following grades:
SPECIAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Leaving Certificate H3 If presenting French or German. H4 If presenting any other language
Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade B In one language other than English or Irish.
Or Grade C In two languages other than English or Irish (as listed above)
Students study two languages from French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish are available from beginner level.
No student may study more than one language as a beginner.
Other EU examination systems See www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/
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CAO code (Central Applications Office code) isTR024