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.

Optional specialist courses

Students must take 6 optional specialist courses. For the selection of these 6 courses, the following rules apply:
1) Students need to select 4 courses from the list of optional specialist courses available to them within their chosen major.
2) Students of the EHC major may select 2 courses from the list of the EUW or the EUN major. Both courses need to belong to the same major. Should they refrain from this possibility, they need to select 2 more courses from their selected major.

  • ABULAFIA, D. – Maritime History: the Mediterranean and Other Seas (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • GRAZIANO, M. – Geopolitics of International Relations in the 21st Century (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • LEWIS, M.A. – History of the Balkans (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • MBEMBE, A. – Colonial and Post-Colonial Politics (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)
  • WONGSURAWAT, W. – The End of Empire: Decolonization in Asia (20h, 4 ECTS)

Master’s thesis colloquium

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

  • MINK, G. & MAZUR, Z. – History Research Colloquium

Compact seminars

Students need to select at least 3 compact seminars.

  • BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI, R. – The Enlightenment: Theory and Practice (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • DELSOL, C. – La vie spirituelle entre l'Est et l'Ouest depuis 1945 (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • WEEKS, T. – Modernity in European Cities (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • ZARAKOL, A. – History of International Orders and Sovereignty (10h, 0 ECTS)

Simulation game

Students need to select at least 1 simulation game.

  • 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 (10h, 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

Career development

Besides the academic courses, the Natolin Careers and Professional Development Office offers to the students a series of career development activities during the first and second semester.

  • One-to-one career tutorials
  • Professional skills workshops in areas such as: 
    • Project management
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Teamwork and leadership
    • Debating and argumentation skills
    • EPSO competition training
  • "Meet the Professionals" series of events
  • Alumni reunions

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.