Education and research about history, arts, culture and media
Master students at Campus Woudestein

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.

    Our departments


    Understanding today's world by studying the past.

    Schielandshuis Rotterdam

    Arts and Culture

    Studying arts and culture from multiple angles

    International Film Festival Rotterdam

    Media & Communication

    Explore the broad and dynamic field of media and communication.

    Digital Communication and Business

    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.

    Bachelor programmes

    Geschiedenis (Dutch)
    International Bachelor History 
    International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies 
    International Bachelor Communication and Media
    Dual Degree in Arts and Sciences

    Master programmes

    Applied History
    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)'.

    Next to this, the Arts and Culture department of Erasmus University Rotterdam offers the Erasmus Mundus International Master 'Managing Art and Cultural Heritage in Global Markets (MAGMa)' together with the universities of Glasgow, Paris and Lisbon. 


    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:

    Erasmus Reseach Institute for Media, Culture, History & Society

    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 (2022-2023)

    Amount of registrations2480 students (1686 bachelor, 135 premaster, 659 master/research master)
    Nationalities new students49,5% Dutch, 34,5% EEA, 16% non-EEA
    Amount of degrees awarded to students844 in 2021-2022 (417 bachelor, 427 master/research master)


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

    • 12 professors;
    • 128 associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers;
    • 12 researchers;
    • 22 PhD students;
    • 53 Professional Services Staff members.

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