Photo of Matisse's Dance, 1910

Class of 2016

Congratulations to all of our European Cultural Studies students who graduated on Sunday, May 22!

Special recognition to:

Matthew Chernick, winner of the Esther Goldman Prize for Excellence in Classical Literature, the Dorothy Blumenfeld Moyer Memorial Award, and recipient of highest honors in European Cultural Studies and Film, Television, and Interactive Media;

Eve Litvak, winner of the Dr. Eberhard Frey Prize for excellence in Russian Studies.


The European Cultural Studies Program (ECS) offers students the opportunity to study English and continental literature in translation in conjunction with one or more related disciplines: fine arts, history, music, philosophy, politics, sociology and theater arts.

ECS is for those students who feel intellectually adventurous, who want to explore the interrelationships of literature with various other disciplines in order to gain a broader perspective of what constitutes "culture." With the advent of an ever-changing Europe, students in ECS will be better prepared, in all areas, to keep abreast with current and future events.

Many of our students spend some time abroad to get a feel for the cultures in which they are most interested. ECS majors have gone on to graduate school (in history, politics, English and other fields), law school, business school and advanced programs in international studies.