European Studies

European Studies takes a wide-ranging interdisciplinary and intercultural approach to the study of Europe. From Douro to the Don, from Tromsø to Tripoli, you’ll examine European developments from the Middle Ages to the present day. You can study Europe in general or focus your studies on a specific country. Course work in European Studies will expose you to the history, society and languages of the European continent.

Career Options in European Studies

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a European Studies degree than others.

  • Advertising Consultant
  • Archivist
  • Author
  • Biographer
  • Community Worker
  • Cultural Interpreter
  • Curator
  • Diplomatic Services
  • Editor/Publisher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event Coordinator
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Language Librarian
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Freelance Writer
  • Government Administrator
  • Historian
  • Historical Site Guide
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • International Lawyer
  • Journalist
  • Legal Secretary
  • Marketing
  • Media Correspondent
  • Non-profit Administrator
  • Policy Advisor
  • Politician
  • Press Agent
  • Professor
  • Radio Host
  • Speech Writer
  • Teacher
  • Travel Agent

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through a European Studies Degree

A background in European Studies ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges.

Core Skills

  • A deeper understanding of the history of Europe in general, as well as that of specific nations and regions
  • A general knowledge of the sociopolitical processes shaping the modern-day EU and the challenges it continues to face
  • The ability, through international exchange, to discover Europe first-hand and experience and embrace its culture, habits and history

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements and written opinion pieces
  • The ability to learn new information and apply this to professional demands
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas
  • The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work

Management and Teamwork

  • The capacity to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal and professional backgrounds
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems
  • The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects

Professional Associations and Organizations

Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.