In 1999, 29 European ministers of education implemented a restructuring of higher education in Europe, articulated in the Bologna Declaration and elsewhere. In line with this restructuring, EUR has implemented demand-driven education.
Proceeding from this principle, all third-year Bachelor’s students at EUR are required to complete a minor. This has a number of consequences for the Bachelor’s curriculum. All minors will be offered in the first 10 weeks of the third—and thus final—year of the Bachelor’s programme.
A minor is a coherent package of at least two subjects that form a whole and together comprise 15 ECTS credits (length: 10 weeks maximum; dates: 3 september up to and including 9 November 2012).
Faculties have free reign in the design of their minor. This can comprise one large course or three modules. Various working forms are possible as part of the minor—work placements, group assignments and series of classes—but always together form a larger whole.
Students can choose to take a minor outside their own field of study to broaden their horizons, or a minor that will help deepen their understanding, specialising within their own field of study.
Students follow a broadening minor at one of the following locations:
- at another faculty within EUR; or
- at the student’s own faculty in or outside of their own study; or
- at another Dutch university.
Deepening minors are followed at the student's own faculty as a specialisation within their own study.
Students can also choose to broaden their horizons by studying outside their country’s borders or to take part in a work placement in the Netherlands or abroad.