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European History

This minor offers students an orientation in the discipline of European History in a global context. Students gain knowledge of the field of European history (including Dutch history from a European perspective), by means of an overview of European, historiography and the principal historical research methods, and to learn to apply these to present-day themes and topics within European history and politics.

This minor represents a unique proposition in the Faculty and the University. It offers Humanities students, but also those from Social Sciences, Economics and Law, the opportunity to specialise in the academic study of European history in a global context. Students from different disciplines, from media studies, art history and languages, but also from sociology, political science and anthropology, have good reason to study history related questions.

Study schedule

Semester 1

  • The ordening of Europe in the 20th and 21st Century (12 ECTS)
  • Major Workshop European History (6 ECTS)

Semester 2

Electives up to 12 EC:

  • European Memory and Heritage (6 ECTS)
  • Legacies of the Enlightenment (18th-21st century) (6 ECTS)
  • Soft Power? Russia's cultural politics in the 'near abroad' (6 ECTS)

Master's programme

The minor in European History may serve as a good preparation for students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme in European Studies, e.g.:

Entry requirements

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.


It is no longer possible to apply for the minor in European History in the academic year 2020-2021. The maximum number of participants has been reached.

A minor in Humanities

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. You can find more information on the following website:

Feiten & cijfers
Studielast 30 EC,