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Academics and Initiatives

The mission of the Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES) is to broaden the Cornell community's view of Europe, and to make the study of European languages, culture and society an integral part of graduate and undergraduate education. This mission is closely linked to the overarching goals of the university to "foster personal discovery and growth, nurture scholarship and creativity across a broad range of common knowledge, and engage men and women from every segment of society in this quest."

Explore the links in this section of our wesbite to learn more about our myriad programs and activities. 


Minor in European Studies

A minor with the purpose of providing a coherent structure for students with an interest in interdisciplinary study in the field of European studies. The requirements for the minor range from five to seven courses depending on the level of language proficiency already achieved.


Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative

A program that highlights different issues of Ottoman and Turkish studies.


Mediterranean Studies Initiative

Was an interdisciplinary program initiated by the Cornell Institute for European Studies that involved scholars from all departments at Cornell who dealt with some area of the Mediterranean. The program centers around interdisciplinary research and teaching related to the problems of fresh water in the Mediterranean region.