The Max Kade Center for European Studies has a rich tradition of offering undergraduates major and minor options in the study of European affairs. Upon its 25th anniversary as an academic unit, the Center for European Studies was renamed the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies in 2006 and expanded to include a central focus on the role of Germany within its European and transatlantic contexts with the aid of a major grant from the Max Kade Foundation in New York.
The center offers interdisciplinary majors in European Studies (EUS), designed for students who want to broaden their awareness of the European experience and to prepare for international careers or advanced study. Its curriculum is designed to give majors disciplinary breadth as well as expertise in a specialty of their choosing. Most EUS majors also participate in one of the Vanderbilt study abroad programs in Europe and/or reside in the International House on campus.