Education and research about history, arts, culture and media

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) is one of the schools of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. ESHCC hosts the Departments of History, Arts and Culture Studies, and Media & Communication at Erasmus University. Accordingly, the Faculty conducts research in the fields of history, arts and culture, and media and communication.

What we stand for

ESHCC offers high-quality education, based on academic research, at the interface between the Humanities and the Social Sciences. We educate our ambitious Dutch and international students in a stimulating learning environment. After having completed their studies, our students have acquired knowledge, insight and skills that enable them to make an important and inspiring contribution to a society that is becoming increasingly more international and in which diversity plays a major role.


    The faculty offers three Bachelor programmes, who altogether offer four programmes, of which three are completely international:

    International Bachelor History 
    International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies 
    International Bachelor Communication and Media 

    Furthermore, the faculty offers three Master programmes and one Research Master:

    History (Applied History, Global History and International Relations)
    Arts and Culture Studies (Arts, Culture and Society/Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship/Tourism, Culture and Society)
    Media Studies (Media & Business/Media & Creative Industries/Media, Culture & Society/Media & Journalistiek/Digitalisation, Surveillance & Societies)
    Research Master in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts

    Together with the universities of Glasgow, Göttingen and Barcelona, the History department of Erasmus University Rotterdam offers the Erasmus Mundus International Master 'Global Markets, Local Creativities'.


    The research is thematically linked to the different chairs, and themes surpassing the boundaries of these chairs. A large part of the research is joined in several interdisciplinary centres. The ESHCC has 2 research centres:

    History @ Erasmus
    Erasmus Research Centre fo Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC)

    Furthermore, our researchers participate in several national research schools:

    Huizinga Institute – the Dutch National Research School for Cultural History
    Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA)  
    Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS)
    Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG)
    Research School for Media Studies (RMeS)
    Research School Political History (RSPH)
    Netherlands School of Communication Research (NESCOR)
    Posthumus Institute – Research School for Economic and Social History

    Students (2020-2021)

    Amount of registrations

    2335 students (1579 bachelor, 158 premaster, 598 master/research master)

    Nationalities new students

    57% Dutch, 26% EER, 17% non-EER

    Amount of degrees awarded to students

    683 in 2019-2020 (325 bachelor, 358 master/research master)


    204 employees (excluding interns, student assistants, posted workers or guest lecturers):

    • 11 professors;
    • 106 associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers;
    • 12 researchers;
    • 35 PhD students;
    • 40 support staff members.

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