Why European Studies? The Max Kade Center for European and German Studies offers cutting-edge global perspectives on European culture, history, and politics, shedding light on today’s conflicts and debates. Students learn that political debates have an international dimension, they learn to identify the multi-layered forces behind social change, and they understand the power of history in today’s most pressing conflicts. European studies students can read symbolic representations of power as much as they recognize the role of minorities to elevate humanity. They are able to think holistically by seeing the world in its entirety.