The minor Transatlantic Studies is aimed at students who are interested in the history of the political and cultural exchanges between Europe and North America. The programme provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the Atlantic world in the broadest sense of the word. It intends to serve students who want to acquire specific expertise on transnational history and transatlantic relations in addition to their major programme.
The minor focuses on the period that begins with the so-called Atlantic revolutions at the end of the eighteenth century, and follows the transatlantic exchange of people, goods, money, ideas and cultural patterns to date. The four courses in this minor offer students 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. Students 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 students 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.
Preparation for a Master
The minor is an excellent preparation for the Master's programmes
- Cultural History of Modern Europe
- International Relations in Historical Perspective
- History of Politics and Society
- Intercultural Communication
Because it can be completed in the first semester of the third year, the minor 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.