European History, Politics, and Societies

The Secondary Field in European History, Politics, and Societies (EHPS) offers students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study focused on modern Europe, in particular its politics, economics, history, and social and cultural developments. 

While the EHPS rests mainly on courses from the social science disciplines, it also includes those considering Europe in a comparative context as well as courses covering a specific period or region of Europe. In addition, it provides for a humanistic inquiry of Europe reflecting its diverse cultural and linguistic heritage through a broad array of courses from the humanities departments. 

This interdisciplinary structure allows for multiple paths of research and specialization, and accommodates a variety of approaches in a study of Europe. The Secondary Field is based at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), the locus of innovative research on European history and contemporary affairs. As members of the EHPS cohort, students also are integrated into CES programming such as the Lectures, Conferences and Seminar series, the Europe in Washington Workshop, the CES Student Society, etc. 

REQUIREMENTS:  6 courses (24 credits) 

  1. A minimum of three courses must be in social science disciplines (anthropology, economics, government, history, sociology or social studies). 
  2. The six courses must come from at least two different departments/disciplines. 
  3. A minimum of three courses must be regular departmental courses (i.e., not General Education courses, Freshman Seminars, or House Seminars). 
  4. One course of relevant language study on intermediate or advanced level may count towards the secondary field.  


For more information, visit the EHPS website of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES). All courses must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a grade of B- or above, with the exception of Freshman Seminars, which may be applied toward the secondary field with a grade of SAT. Students may petition the EHPS Coordinator to potentially receive credit for courses which may be relevant to the program of study but are not listed as part of the approved courses, including one course of credit taken through Harvard’s Summer Study Abroad Program. (Please note: Relevant courses taken during spring 2020 term under the Emergency grading system will qualify for the EHPS with a grade of SAT). 


To declare your interest in pursuing the secondary field in European History, Politics, and Societies (EHPS), please follow the prompts of the Secondary Field Web Tool. We recommend that students register for the field as early as possible in order to take advantage of the rich program of lectures offered by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) as well as internships, thesis workshop and funding. Students considering this specialization should consult with the CES Program Manager Vassilis Coutifaris ( to discuss a selection of courses and interests, and to connect with the relevant faculty members.