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 beginning 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 up to the age that has been called the post-American Europe. The four courses in this minor provide students with an in-depth and coherent overview of the way in which ties between the Old and the New World were forged by the historical processes of immigration, knowledge transfer, cultural diplomacy, Americanization, and globalization. Students thus gain insight into the way European culture and society has been affected by the United States, the nation that has become in many ways the most important international partner of the Netherlands.
The minor is an excellent preparation for the master programmes Cultural History of Modern Europe, International Relations in Historical Perspective and History of Politics and Society. 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.