The European Studies Consortium (ESC) at the University of Minnesota was established in the spring of 1999 in recognition of the University's growing strengths in European Studies. Its purpose is to promote and support inquiry into Europe related issues that engage scholars across disciplinary and collegiate borders. The consortium brings together a variety of European Studies centers from across the University for a closer, more structured and sustained collaboration to enhance the quality and intellectual impact of their programs.
The ESC is designated as a comprehensive National Resource Center in Western European Studies by the United States Department of Education. As such, the European Studies Consortium provides leadership and support for:
* The teaching of any modern European less-commonly-taught languages;
* Instruction to provide and promote understanding of Europe, its regions, countries, societies, and cultures;
* Research and training in Western European studies;
* K-14 outreach and consultative services on topics related to Europe on a national, regional and local basis.
* The promotion of linkages with European institutions of higher education and other organizations that may contribute to the teaching and research of the Consortium; and
* The building of specialized library collections.