Explore Europe

Gain an introduction into European culture, critique European mythologies and build a unique concentration as a major or minor in the European Studies department. The cross-disciplinary nature of the program allows you to study areas like the economic growth of Europe or cultural revolutions. You’ll come away with a foundational knowledge that can be utilized for careers in education, journalism, law, the fine or performing arts or elsewhere.

Experiential EducationEmbracing New Experiences

Learn French tongue twisters at the Intercultural Affairs Center or attend lectures on queer identity in Poland hosted by the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice.

At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, learning goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. You’ll gain high-impact practical experience that deepens learning and opens doors.



No Borders:Global Education

Study Enlightenment history in France or Arabic influences in Spanish literature in Spain.

Wherever you go, our top-ranked global education program will allow you to apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.



Build your knowledge in the identities of European countries along with learning their languages.

EUST 101 – Foundations of European Studies I

Drawing on art, history, literature, music, and philosophy from Greece Roman antiquity to the Renaissance, this course explores, both historically and critically some of the core ideas which characterize these European cultures.

ARTH 230 – The Age of Michelangelo 

Explore the evolution of the High Renaissance and Mannerism in the work of painters and sculptors, such as Raphael, Pontormo, Correggio, Cellini, and Anguissola with special emphasis on Michelangelo. 

ECON 212 – Environmental Economics

Apply basic micro-economic principles to understanding environmental issues and possible solutions. 


Alum Impact

Jamie Soucie ‘20

Majors: Environmental Studies; European Studies
Minor: Anthropology

“I took “Italian 101” as a first year because Rome was one of my top study abroad interests. I took a second Italian course before I went abroad to Rome as a sophomore. The Italian program pushed me academically, allowing me to experience the culture while continuing to learn the language."


Businesses where our graduates work

  • Bank of America
  • Blackrock
  • Chemonics International
  • GEICO Corporation
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • National Institutes of Health
  • NY Department of Education

Universities where our graduates are studying

  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Albany
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Vermont
  • Yale University