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European History Degree Programs

Read on to learn more about how to turn your interest in famous historical figures, wars and art into a career through a degree program in European history. See what you'll learn and where you might work.

What Degrees Are Available in European History?

If you want to study European history, you could first pursue a bachelor's degree program in the field. You might find bachelor's degree programs specifically in European history, or you could enroll in a history degree program that offers a concentration in European studies. You could also pursue a master's degree in the field. Master's degree programs in European history can be completed in 2-3 years and commonly focus on research and publication. A bachelor's or master's degree program in European studies could prepare you for a doctoral degree program in the field. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in European studies can be completed in 4-6 years.

Degree Levels Bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees are available
Common Courses International relationships, European art, Renaissance Art, modern European history, the French Revolution
Possible Careers Lawyer, writer, teacher, librarian, filmmaker
Median Salary (2018)$74,590 (for postsecondary history teachers)*
Job Outlook (2016-26)10% growth (for all postsecondary history teachers)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Could I Learn?

If you decide to enroll in a bachelor's degree program in European history, you can expect to take general education classes in addition to learning about European geography, politics and economics. Master's degree programs will likely teach you advanced research techniques and how to conduct professional studies. You could learn about different European eras, European art, notable historical figures and international relationships. The following are examples of classes you might find in the curriculum:

  • History of England
  • Renaissance art
  • The French Revolution
  • Medieval culture and society
  • Modern European history

Which Careers Could I Pursue With a Degree in European History?

A European history degree program can help you learn effective critical thinking, interdisciplinary thinking and writing skills applicable to a variety of professions. You could become an archivist, librarian, historical consultant, writer, filmmaker, businessperson, lawyer or politician, although some of these career options require education beyond a degree in history. Studying history can help you prepare for public affairs positions within a variety of governmental agencies.

Earning a Ph.D. could make you eligible for post-doctorate research positions or to work as a postsecondary educator. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), full-time professors at colleges and universities typically hold a doctoral degree and often conduct research along with their teaching duties (www.bls.gov).