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Secondary Field in European History, Politics, and Societies (EHPS)

The Secondary Field in European History, Politics, and Societies (EHPS) offers students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary course of study focused on modern Europe, in particular its politics, economics, history, and social and cultural developments.

While the EHPS rests mainly on courses from the social science disciplines, it also includes those considering Europe in a comparative context as well as courses 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 in a study of Europe. The secondary field is based at the Center for European Studies (CES), the locus of innovative research on European history and contemporary affairs.

Why Europe Matters to You - A Program Overview

Requirements: 6 courses (24 credits)

  • A minimum of three courses must be in social science disciplines (anthropology, economics, government, history, sociology or social studies).
  • The six courses must come from at least two different departments/disciplines.
  • A minimum of three courses must be regular departmental courses (i.e., not General Education courses, Freshman Seminars, or House Seminars).
  • One course of relevant language study on intermediate or advanced level may count towards the secondary field.

Explore the course choices for EHPS


Sample Course - Europe on Trial (SW 18)

The following is a trailer for "Europe on Trial" one of the courses in the EHPS catalogue. This course is taught by Mary D. Lewis, Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History and CES Resident Faculty. See details on the course on Canvas.


Additional Information:

  • We recommend that students register for the field as early as possible in order to take advantage of the rich program of lectures offered by CES, as well as internships, thesis workshop and funding. Students considering this specialization should consult with the EHPS Programs Advisor Aida Vidan to discuss a selection of courses and interests, and to connect with the relevant faculty members.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a grade of B- or above, with the exception of Freshman Seminars, which may be applied toward the secondary field with a grade of SAT.
  • Students may petition the EHPS Coordinatorto potentially receive credit for courses which may be relevant to the program of study but are not listed as part of the approved courses, including one course of credit taken through Harvard’s Summer Study Abroad Program.

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