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European studies is a field of study offered by many academic colleges and universities that focuses 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. While all programmes 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 obviously more common in Europe than elsewhere, there are departments dedicated to its study further afield, including in North America, Asia and Australasia.

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Library guides for European studies
  • "European Studies". Research Guides. USA: Duke University Libraries.
  • "European Studies". Library Guides. USA: Johns Hopkins University.
  • "European Studies". Research Guides. USA: New York University.
  • New York Public Library. "History of Europe". Research Guides. USA. + "Modern European History"