The Secondary Field in European History, Politics, and Societies (EHPS) offers Harvard College students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study focused on modern Europe, in particular its politics, economics, history, and social and cultural developments. EHPS is based at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), the locus of innovative research on European history and contemporary affairs.
While this secondary field rests mainly on courses from the social science disciplines, it also includes courses considering Europe in a comparative context as well as those covering a specific period or region of Europe. In addition, it provides for a humanistic inquiry of Europe reflecting its diverse cultural and linguistic heritage through a broad array of courses from the humanities departments. This interdisciplinary structure allows for multiple paths of research and specialization, and accommodates a variety of approaches to the study of Europe.