Like the discipline of history itself, our department was founded on the study of European history, which remains a core area of strength. The expertise of our faculty members in European history spans its chronological breadth – from ancient and medieval history to early modern and modern European history – as well as its geographical reach – from Britain to the Mediterranean and from France to Russia. Our thematic strengths include gender, ethnicity, and religion (Judaism and Christianity); empire and nation; war and society; migration and borderlands; and transnational movements.
Our faculty and students are deeply involved in the vibrant, interdisciplinary community of Europeanists at UW-Madison through the Center for European Studies (CES), a Title VI National Resource Center that is home to the Center for German and European Studies and the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence, and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), also a Title VI center. Our students also participate in the Graduate Early Modern Student Society, which is associated with the Center for Early Modern Studies.
For undergraduate courses in European History, see the Department of History’s Courses page. For graduate program requirements and courses, see the Department of History’s Graduate Program Handbook and Graduate Courses pages.