Transatlantic Studies

In the minor Transatlantic Studies, you learn about the political and cultural exchanges between Europe and North America. It forms a good preparation for several master's programmes, including Cultural History of Modern Europe and Intercultural Communication.


Code minor


Entry requirements


Number of EC

30 EC

Number of courses

4 compulsory courses


Prof. dr. Jaap Verheul

Register between 30 May and 24 June
  • UU-students: via Osiris
  • Non-UU: via registration form minor courses (form will follow soon)

Make sure to register for the minor as well as all its courses


The minor Transatlantic Studies is designed for those who are interested in the history of the political and cultural exchanges between Europe and North America and want to acquire specific expertise on transnational history and transatlantic relations in addition to their major programme. This minor provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the Atlantic world in the broadest sense of the word.


In this minor we focus on the period that begins with the so-called Atlantic revolutions at the end of the eighteenth century, and follow the transatlantic exchange of people, goods, money, ideas and cultural patterns to date. The four courses in this minor offer you a thorough and coherent overview of how the links between the Old and the New World were forged by the historical processes of immigration, knowledge transfer, cultural diplomacy, Americanization and globalization. You learn how American culture and society evolved from European roots and models to grow into a global superpower that in turn has deeply influenced the European economy, culture and society. This gives you insight into the relationship between culture and foreign relations, into processes of cultural exchange, and the shifting geopolitical in power relations within the Western world. 

Learning objectives

After completing this minor, you will:

  • have survey knowledge of the geopolitical relations and the circulation of people, goods and ideas, between Europe and North America from the end of the eighteenth century to the present;
  • be able to recognize how mutual perceptions, cultural diplomacy, soft power, and acknowledgement of a common past have affected these transatlantic relations;
  • be able to understand present challenges and developments in transatlantic relations from their historical context;
  • be acquainted with the most important conceptual approaches and research traditions in transatlantic history and has learned to apply these to concrete cases;
  • have practiced and applied academic skills such as academic writing and research.

Matching bachelor's programme's

The minor is open for all students in the humanities and disciplines with a historical, cultural or political dimension.

Preparation for a Master

The minor can be a preparation for the Master's programmes:

Because this minor can be completed in the first semester of the third year, it also forms an excellent preparation for an exchange program with the United States or Canada. The minor consists of four compulsory courses (30 EC) and starts in block 3.

Entry requirements

Some of the courses in this minor may have specific entry requirements. Please refer to the the section Entry requirements and preknowledge in the course description in the Course Planner.

Application and registration

How to register for this minor and its course modules, depends on whether you are a student of Utrecht University or not.

More information

If you wish to know more, or have questions about this minor, please contact the Student Desk Humanities.