Our historians and art historians are committed to teaching and research in the field of Europe as a region within world history. That means a focus on Europe, but expressly framed within a global context, including the United States, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Our staff of almost 150 employees – over 70 of whom are permanent - serve almost 1,000 Bachelor’s students and circa 550 Master’s students.

Projects and prizes

Historians and art historians from Utrecht University have won a number of major prizes (such as the Libris History Prize, the Carl Erdmann Preis, the Province of Zeeland Book Prize and the Pierson Medal). In the past five years, we have also secured funding to the tune of 18 million euros for a large number of projects, from ERC grants for research projects to conferences and journals.

See also the external review report 2012.

Ranking: 6th in Europe

In the QS World University Rankings 2017, which present rankings by subject, our department is currently ranked number 46 worldwide, and number 6 in continental Europe, together with Humboldt University Berlin, Free University Berlin, Sorbonne in Paris, and in the Netherlands the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University (subject History; there is no equivalent for Art History).


The department houses: history of architecture and preservation of monuments, early modern and modern visual arts, conflict studies, cultural history, economic and social history, history of international relations, medieval and renaissance art, medieval history, modern and contemporary art, ancient history and classical civilization, and political history.