This minor offers students an orientation to the field of modern and contemporary European History. Students of European History gain knowledge of the field of European political history in a global context, including the history of political thought, European imperialism, decolonisation and European integration, by means of an overview of core issues in the political history of modern and contemporary Europe. Students learn to apply the principal historical research methods to topical themes in the field of modern and contemporary European history.
There’s an overlap between European History and many other disciplines. This minor is designed to provide a thorough understanding of topical issues in European political history. It offers students from, for example, Media Studies, (Art) History or language students, as well as students with a Political and Social Sciences background or a Law or Economics background the opportunity to specialise in European history in a global context.
This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate.
In the second semester, you can choose up to 12 EC from the courses mentioned in the schedule.
This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme in European Studies or the History of International Relations, e.g.: European Studies: Identity and Integration or the Master's in East European Studies. Always check the entry requirements on the Application and Admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.
This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. This entails that you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in your propaedeutic year.
The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes.
The minor enrolment deadline for the academic year of 2021-2022 was 22 June. You can still register for individual minor courses in which places are still available up until one week before the start of the academic year.