​European Literature

​College of Arts and Sciences

Gain expertise in a truly interdisciplinary—and multilingual—manner.

Embrace the subtleties of language usage and analysis as you immerse in the great works of the Europeans. Design your academic program to align with and enhance your unique interests and proficiencies, including languages, writing skills, analysis, and cultural literacy.

Enhance your experience through study abroad, fulfilling curricular requirements while living in Europe and learning from faculty with deep connections to the continent’s art, culture, and politics.

Major in European literature

Sample Courses

  • Film and Literature
  • European and American Jewish Literature
  • Eighteenth Century French Literature and Film
  • From Dante to Calvano – Italian Literature in Translation
  • German Literature Since WWII
  • Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio

Practical Experience

Seize opportunities for community volunteering and professional internships – on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

There are more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University, and you can get involved with any of them. Explore themes like art, entertainment, advocacy, government, media, religion, and service.

Study Abroad

European literature majors are especially encouraged to engage in an experience abroad. SU Abroad features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short-term, and yearlong options for international study. European literature majors will find relevant programs in Florence, London, Madrid, and in many World Partner programs.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts & Sciences graduate with a major in European literature, you can explore careers in fields such as:

  • Secondary or higher education
  • International business
  • Creative writing
  • Publishing
  • Foreign correspondence

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as education, journalism, creative writing, business, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.