For millennia, Europe has been a crossroads of diverse cultures, developing a rich fabric of beliefs and ways of living. Europe has also profoundly shaped the history and culture of the entire globe over the last several centuries. By engaging in a critical examination of European society and the meaning of “Europeanness,” European studies minors develop an understanding of the relationship of Europe to the rest of the world and explore global cultural, economic, and political issues of historical and contemporary interest. The minor includes an emphasis on experiential learning, integrating off-campus study in Europe and an independent study capstone project, which helps prepare students for graduate study and globally-oriented careers. Students who minor in European studies at St. Lawrence go on to careers in diplomacy, international business, education, the arts, and a great many other fields.
European Studies News
Starting in the fall of 2023, St. Lawrence students will have a unique opportunity to explore and impact real-world foreign policy issues while working alongside career diplomats.
Alessandro Giardino, Co-Chair of WLCM (World Languages, Cultures, and Media), Coordinator of European Studies and Associate Professor of Francophone and Italian Studies, was the Co-Chair and Co-Organizer of the conference "Voyage to Italy" held at the Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy on July 10, 2021. Giardino also delivered the keynote address "Naples in the Travel Journals Before the Grand Tour.
Alessandro Giardino, Co-Chair of WLCM (World Languages, Cultures, and Media), Coordinator of European Studies and Associate Professor of Francophone and Italian Studies contributed with a short story to Here and Now: An Anthology of Queer Italian-Canadian Writing . The short story, titled "Micheal," is a stand-alone modified excerpt from his forthcoming novel.