West European Studies
Ballantine Hall 542 Bloomington, IN 47405
Indiana University’s Center for West European Studies (WEST) promotes knowledge of Western Europe and the European Union through education, scholarship and public outreach. Our academic degree programs train specialists committed to strengthening transatlantic ties through careers in public service, business, research, and teaching.
WEST provides a flexible approach to the study of modern Europe through an interdisciplinary program of instruction. WEST offers two undergraduate minors, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D. minor, as well as joint master’s degrees with the School of Business (MA/MBA) and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (MA/MPA), both top ranked programs nationally.
WEST provides a wide variety of resources to both the public and academic communities. We focus on the countries of Western Europe, but have strong ties to other EU nations through our sister institute, the European Union Center. WEST sponsors conferences and workshops, and dozens of public lectures on Indiana University’s campuses each year, on topics ranging from the social impact of Islam in Europe to the arts and music of Western Europe, from EU immigration and the politics of ethnic integration to environmental policy.
WEST promotes knowledge of contemporary Europe in the local community and beyond. Professional development opportunities are offered for K-12 educators, including workshops on teaching about Europe and grants for travel and curriculum development. WEST maintains an ongoing relationship with local businesses and IU’s Center for International Business Education and Research to ensure a deep understanding of the European business environment. Dedicated to its outreach mission, WEST strives to provide an array of materials, experts and resources to further an understanding of contemporary Western Europe.
Indiana University’s Bloomington campus is the ideal setting for WEST. IU’s language departments are nationally recognized for their high quality. Regular offerings consist of over 40 modern languages, eleven of them spoken in Western Europe – Catalan, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Yiddish. Students of Western Europe or the expanding European Union also have the opportunity to bridge the gap between East and West by studying languages representing the entire geographical range of European tongues, from Finnish in the north to Turkish in the Mediterranean, as well as Albanian, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovene, Serbian, and Ukrainian. More information on these languages can be found on the IU Department of Slavic Languages and Literature and Department of Central Eurasian Studies websites.
Non-language course offerings span 8 schools and 20 departments; WEST affiliated tenured and tenure-track faculty number over 100. Students and faculty have access to the Herman B Wells Library, which is both an EU and a UN depository and houses approximately 1.4 million serials and monographs relating to Western Europe.