European History and Civilization

This major is intended to equip students with an understanding of European integration, while inspiring them to re-imagine "Europe" and its future by studying Europe's past – in depth and in breadth. It features courses on big themes such as democracy, totalitarianism, geopolitics, and diplomacy, the making of the global economy and the fallout from European empires, as well as focused topics in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, Balkan countries, and the Mediterranean and other seas.

The second semester study trip is an integral part of the academic programme, participation is obligatory and students are expected to attend all related conferences and activities. It counts for 2 ECTS.

Core courses

Students must take 7 courses from the list of core courses.

  • ABULAFIA, D. – Maritime History: the Mediterranean and Other Seas (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • LEWIS, M.A. – History of the Balkans (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • MOORHOUSE, R. – Totalitarian Ideologies and Dictatorships in Twentieth-Century Europe (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • NOWAK, A. – Russian Ideologies: The Last Two Centuries (from Pushkin and Karamzin to Dugin and Putin) (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • SEGRETO, L.R. – Europe and the Global Economy from the Industrial Revolution to the Internet (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • STODDARD, E. – Changing Character of Warfare from Antiquity to the Present Day (20h, 4 ECTS) 
  • WONGSURAWAT, W. – The End of Empires: Decolonization of Asia with comparative references to Africa and Latin America (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • ZARAKOL, A. – Before the West: The Rise and Fall of Eastern World Orders (20h, 4 ECTS)

Master’s thesis colloquium

Students are automatically registered in the major's research colloquium.

  • MINK, G., CICHOCKI M.A. – History Research Colloquium

Compact seminar

  • BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI, R. – The Enlightenment: Theory and Practice (10h, 0 ECTS)

Simulation game

Participation in the simulation game is optional. 

  • BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI, R. – The Congress of Vienna 1814-15 (8h, 0 ECTS)

Cooperation with external partners

Students can choose any number of the following elements.

  • Cycle of seminars with the European Investment Bank on the EU Green Deal (7,5h, 0 ECTS)
  • MIKOS-SKUZA, E. – Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (within the framework of a seminar organized with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva - open to external participants) (17h, 0 ECTS)
  • Workshops in history organized in cooperation with the Max Weber programme of the European University Institute (TBC, 0 ECTS)

Professional development

The Professional Development and Career Orientation programme complements the academic programme with on-site, made-to-measure support and guidance in helping to shape the students’ professional paths.

Language courses

In addition to benefitting from a bilingual study programme, students can take advantage of language courses on offer implemented by the Languages and Intercultural Dialogue Office. The following languages are on offer: English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Arabic. The courses are tailored to the individual students' needs, and are also focused on transversal skills required by employers.