Study Programmes Bachelor en Cultures Européennes – Histoire

What is special about this programme?

A strong specialisation with a twist !

The Bachelor en Cultures Européennes provides a unique opportunity to combine a strong academic foundation in History with an interdisciplinary reflection on Europe and European cultures.

How does this play out?

Two thirds of your courses and modules will be dedicated to your specialisation (120/180 ECTS) and will equip you with the fundamental skills and knowledge required in linguistics and literary studies. The Common Curriculum in European Cultures makes up one third of the credits required to graduate (60/180 ECTS). It is co-organised by the six specialisation tracks of the Bachelor en Cultures Européennes (English Studies, Etudes françaises, Germanistik, Histoire, Lëtzebuerger Linguistik a Literatur, Philosophie) and engages both students and staff in an interdisciplinary reflection on the role of modern Europe in the world today. You will explore European cultures, their political and intellectual achievements, as well as their limitations and shortcomings from different disciplinary perspectives.

Your focus. Your choice!

In line with the tradition of Liberal Arts Education, our study programme is designed to promote critical and independent thinking as well as a sense of initiative in our students. From the beginning of your academic career, you will be invited (and required!) to make choices and you will thus be able to shape your own academic path(s). Making these choices will help you to acquire the qualities we wish to develop in our students: autonomy, open-mindedness, and flexibility. We strongly believe that these qualities will prove invaluable to you as you advance in your academic career and embark on your professional lives.

A Multilingual Programme

Your specialisation modules and courses will mostly be taught in French and German and sometimes in English. The courses offered in the Common Curriculum are taught in English, French, German, or Luxembourgish, and sometimes in combinations of these languages.

Do you feel less comfortable expressing yourself in one of these languages? In this case, we would advise you to choose some of the academic skills courses in English, French, and German we have on offer.

Some of you may wish to develop a stronger focus on a second academic discipline. This is also possible in the BCE. You will have the option to develop a second disciplinary focus or specialisation in Philosophy, English, French, German, or Luxembourgish Linguistics and Literature as part of your common curriculum.

Your education at the University of Luxembourg is not complete without mobility. Here too, you will be required to make choices:
whether you wish to stay close by or spend a semester abroad on the other side of the world, you remain in charge of your studies and your profile!

European Cultures at a glance

To complete the BCE, you must obtain 60 ECTS credits and validate 5 out of 9 modules in the Common Curriculum in European Cultures.

The Common Curriculum in European Cultures is subdivided into thematic modules (‘EU Modules’). Within these modules, you will be able to choose from a large variety of courses based on your own more specific interests. EU Modules remain open throughout your studies and are validated once you have obtained 12 ECTS credits.

Module EU1: European Cultures: Lecture Series
(participation in this module is mandatory for all BCE students)
Module EU2: The Origins of Modern Europe
(participation in this module is mandatory for students from the following specialisation tracks: Etudes Françaises, History and
Module EU3: Movements and Trends in European Thought
Module EU4: At the Crossroads of Language and Culture
Module EU5: Arts and Media Studies
Module EU6: Culture and Society
Module EU7: Italian and Portuguese Literatures and Cultures
Module EU8: Pre-professional Module – Teaching
Module EU9: Academic Writing and Presentation Skills
(this module may be required for some students)

If want to have more details about the Common Curriculum in European Cultures consult our European Cultures Course Catalogue.