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European studies is a field of study offered by many academic colleges and universities that focuses on the History of Western civilization and the evolution of Western culture, as well as on current developments in European integration.

Some programmes offer a social science or public administration curriculum focusing on developments in the European Union. These programmes usually include a combination of political science, EU public policy, European history, European law, economics and sociology. Other universities approach the subject in a broader manner, including topics like European culture, European literature and European languages. Those programmes that focus on the study of the European Union, they often cover national topics (in a comparative perspective) as well.

The subject combines humanities and social sciences. Disciplines that are involved in European studies include:

While European studies departments are more common in Europe than elsewhere, they exist elsewhere including in North America, Asia and Australasia.

European studies associations



Library guides for European studies
  • "European Studies". Research Guides. USA: Duke University Libraries. Archived from the original on 2021-10-06. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  • "European Studies". Library Guides. USA: Johns Hopkins University.
  • "European Studies". Research Guides. USA: New York University. Archived from the original on 2015-08-22. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  • New York Public Library. "History of Europe". Research Guides. USA. + "Modern European History"

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