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Academics and Initiatives

The mission of the Institute for European Studies (IES) 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

As a European Studies minor, you will have the opportunity to explore Europe’s past, present, and future and to demonstrate a knowledge of European languages, culture, history, politics, and international relations. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum that you can mold to your interests, the minor offers you the chance to take courses across colleges and subjects that exemplify your understanding of a globalizing world, while also providing you with an area of expertise. You will gain invaluable critical thinking skills, language abilities, and helpful frameworks for assessing today’s most pressing issues in Europe and around the world.


Migrations Series

Launched in AY 2017-2018, the Mirgrations Series conceptualized the migration of not only people, but also images, words, ideas, technologies, objects, information, and food. The series aimed to unpack the historical and contemporary relevance of migration in writing global histories and understanding the present, as well as to put Europe in its global context. It critically acknowledged European countries’ role in the history of modernization and colonization of other countries within and outside Europe, and disclosed the region’s character as an immigrant continent and diaspora of various peoples.


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 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.