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European History

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. 

Study programme

In the second semester, you can choose up to 12 EC from the courses mentioned in the schedule.​​​​​​

  • The Ordering of Europe in the 20th and 21st Century 
    Period 1
    Period 2
  • Major Workshop European History
    Period 3
  • Competing Conceptions of Democracy in the 20th Century
    Period 4
  • The global 1970s: Contestation, Disillusion and Renewal
    Period 4
  • Understanding Antisemitism: Antisemitic Tropes in European Political Discourses in the 20th and 21st Centuries
    Period 5
  • Post-Cold War Geopolitics and the Emergence of New States In Europe
    Period 5
UvA Course Catalogue: Minor European History
Minor European History

Master's programme

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.

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. 

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 enrolment for the academic year of 2023-2024 will start 15 May 2023.

Unfortunately, you can no longer register for this minor for the 2023-2024 academic year, as the maximum number has been reached.

Facts & Figures
30 ECTS,
Language of instruction
Starts in
University Quarter