Europe is the cradle of liberal democracy, civil rights, Western culture, and secular civilization, yet also shaped by colonialist expansion, social engineering, and brutal tyrannies. In this program, traverse the ambiguities of European history.

Program Highlights

  • Unfold the competing narratives of Europe through a study of contemporary discourses in memory studies and the field of history
  • Embark on a journey into European intellectual, artistic, religious, political, economic, social, technological, and military history
  • Travel with your classmates and DIS faculty on course-integrated study tours to experience history at the very sites where significant events took place

Student Profile

This program is right for you if you study history or want to understand the interplay between Europe’s past and current European identities.

Studying European history in Europe puts you face to face with the people who lived through major events in modern history. Whether in Copenhagen, Berlin, or Warsaw, we learned to look at history from different perspectives and to question everything. In class and on our study tours, we analyze different decades of modern history and look at how art, culture, and the writing of history itself affects how history is told.

-Nicole Fredericks, Beloit College

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