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Foreign Area Officer

Specfically tailored to meet FAO requirements

West European Studies (WEST) at Indiana University offers one of the country's few Master's degrees focusing on Western Europe. The Master's curriculum is designed to be completed in 12 months, assuming the student can fulfill the language requirement without taking additional coursework to establish intermediate mid/intermediate high proficiency in one West European language. WEST has a long history of many Foreign Area Officers (FAOs) successfully completing the program. In fact, nearly one-third of all WEST alums are FAOs who serve as military attaches in American Embassies in Europe.

Our degree requirements are highly flexible while providing student with a multidisciplinary understanding of Europe and its role in the world.

Master's degree requirements are outlined in the graduate school bulletin.


Course Requirements (New Fall 2012)

Category I: Core Courses (12 credit hours, minimum)

  • Research Seminar in West European Studies (3cr)

One approved graduate course in European Studies from the following disciplines:

  • History (3-4 cr)
  • Political Science or European Union Studies (3cr)
  • Europe in the World (3cr)

Category II: Elective Courses (15 credit hours, minimum)

  • Literature/Culture course tied to the student’s language of study
  • Graduate elective course in the humanities
  • Graduate elective course  in the social sciences
  • 5-6 credit hours in approved graduate elective coursework

Category III: MA Thesis (3 credit hours, required)

  • Students will work with a faculty committee to present a 50-75 page research paper.

Category IV: Language Requirement

  • Proficiency of at least intermediate-mid to intermediate-high in one approved West European language appropriate to the student’s program of study


After the second semester of coursework, the Master's candidate should establish a thesis committee of 3 faculty members appropriate to the student's interests who will oversee the Master's thesis. WEST adheres to thesis format and printing requirements set by the University Graduate School. Master's theses range in length from 50 to 75 pages, not to exceed 100 pages.


Students are ultimately responsible for verifying that they have indeed fulfilled all degree requirements. Candidates are advised to regularly meet with the Director to verify course schedules and the courses apply to degree requirements before registering and to confirm that all the necessary signatures and documents are on file.

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Bloomington, IN 47405
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