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.
Understanding today's world by studying the past.
Arts and Culture
Studying arts and culture from multiple angles
Media & Communication
Explore the broad and dynamic field of 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 Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication offers a wide variety of programmes. Our research-based education gives our students the ability to think and act from a cultural, economic, political and societal perspective. Most of our programmes are in English, but there are Dutch options as well.
Global History and International Relations
Arts and Culture Studies
Arts, Culture and Society
Cultural Economics and Entrepeneurship
Tourism, Culture and Society
Media & Communication
Digitalisation, Surveillance & Societies
Media & Business
Media & Creative Industries
Media & Journalistiek (Dutch)
Media, Culture & Society
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 (GLOCAL)'.
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:
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
Amount of registrations
2480 students (1686 bachelor, 135 premaster, 659 master/research master)
Nationalities new students
49,5% Dutch, 34,5% EEA, 16% non-EEA
Amount of degrees awarded to students
844 in 2021-2022 (417 bachelor, 427 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.