In the second semester each student specializes in one of the following four thematic majors. Students can shape their chosen major according to their specific interests. The academic offer is further enriched with workshops, simulation games, international competitions and a second semester study trip. To learn more about the offered majors, visit the College of Europe website.
EU PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND POLICIES
This major provides students with the opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the political and legal frameworks governing the EU and to grasp the complex political economy of EU governance. It also invites them to specialize in selected issues of critical importance for the social and economic progress in the European Union, such as the internal market and competition policy, the Eurozone’s macroeconomic governance, migration policy, energy and the environment, and social policy. Since acquiring proper knowledge in those areas requires intensive training in disciplines such as EU law, economics, political economy, comparative politics, and policy analysis, this major excels at forming students who combine deep understanding of the complexities of the day-to-day EU policy making with readiness to engage with them after their graduation.
THE EU AS A GLOBAL ACTOR
This major provides students with cutting-edge knowledge on the EU in world affairs and global governance in areas such as sustainable development, energy, trade, economic governance, security, human rights, migration, health, development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Students also gain expertise on EU relations with key global and emerging actors in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, other regional and inter-regional arrangements in Europe and beyond, and international organizations. They investigate the post-colonial heritage in EU external relations and learn to understand the perceptions of the EU by external actors. This major prepares students for careers in EU institutions, the European External Action Service, ministries of foreign affairs, embassies, international organizations, NGOs, think tanks and academia.
EUROPEAN HISTORY AND CIVILIZATION
This major is intended to equip future leaders with an excellent understanding of European integration, while at the same time inspiring them to re-imagine ‘Europe’ and its future by studying Europe’s past – in depth and in breadth. It benefits from the full-time presence at the Natolin campus of the European Civilization Chair. Building on the first semester’s foundations, this major features courses on big themes such as democracy, totalitarianism, geopolitics and diplomacy, the making of the global economy and the fallout from European empires, as well as focused topics in the history of Central and Eastern Europe. Students are encouraged to cross disciplinary boundaries between history, economics, sociology, law, philosophy and memory.
EU NEIGHBOURS AND THE EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY
This major is destined to take into account the salience of ENP- and EU neighbourhood-related issues and allows students to obtain a better understanding of the EU’s multi-faceted policies towards the 16 countries in the EU’s neighbourhood (East and South). Also, it provides students with an opportunity to capture the political, socio-political, socio-economic, legal, energy- and identity-related developments in the neighbourhood itself. The major is truly interdisciplinary as it draws from EU studies, EU foreign policy analysis, peace and conflict studies, comparative politics, area studies, political economy and energy studies. It benefits from the presence on the Natolin campus of the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair – the only academic department world-wide that focuses exclusively on the study of the ENP and the EU’s neighbourhood.