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, memory, culture and warfare, the making of the global economy and the fallout of 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.

Students must take six courses from the list of core and specialist courses. Students need to select at least two courses from the list of core courses within their chosen major.

Core courses

Specialist courses

Master’s thesis colloquium

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

  • MINK, G., BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI, R. & CICHOCKI M.A. – European History and Civilization Research Colloquium

Compact seminars

Students need to select one or two compact seminars.

  • BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI, R. – The Enlightenment: Theory and Practice (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • MINK, G. – Histoire, mémoire et négationnisme historique (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • PUDŁOCKI, T. – Art, Gender and Nationalism: High Culture in Central Europe 1900-1939 (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.

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.