In Spring 2015, the Graduate Council of University of California, Berkeley established the Designated Emphasis in European Studies. The D.E. in European Studies starts in the Fall 2016 semester and will be coordinated by the Institute of European Studies in cooperation with the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES). The D.E. in European Studies provides curricular and research resources for students who want to concentrate on European Studies within their respective disciplines and have their work formally recognized in their degree designation. Designed to bring together faculty and students from different departments, the D.E. is administered by the Graduate Group in European Studies and provides a unique context for rigorous cross-disciplinary research. Sponsoring departments include History, Law, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Sociology, Economics, Scandinavian, Anthropology, History of Art, German and Dutch, Political Science, Italian, Architecture, Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, Spanish and Portuguese, Interdisciplinary Studies, Slavic, and French. However, the D.E. is open to interested students regardless of whether their home department is officially affiliated with the D.E. The program helps advance Berkeley’s position as one of the nation’s leading European Studies program and facilitate research in and cooperation with other European universities. Students applying to the D.E. must be prepared to integrate high-level research in European Studies into their coursework, qualifying exam and dissertation.
In order to strengthen the cohesion of the intellectual community within European Studies, the Graduate Group in European Studies is committed to organize extra-curricular activities. Every semester, a “graduate student discussion group in European Studies” and, annually, a “graduate student conference in European Studies” will be organized at the Institute of European Studies in cooperation with its partner institutions, the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix.