Departments & Majors

At Erasmus University College, four academic departments are in charge of building and coordinating the different majors we offer. Besides the majors each academic department brings in their own field of study, they also work cooperatively to offer interdepartmental majors to our students. Read about our four Department Heads' perspective on their field of study.

Dr. Christa van Wijnbergen, Head of Economics & Business Department

We want to make our students into all-round players.

Economics & Business Majors

"Economics and Business is everywhere; it is intermingled with daily lives on a local as well as on a global level. Thus, it should come as no surprise that we want to make our students in Economics & Business into all-round players: wherever they are, they should feel at home, and be ready to think, act and take on responsibility.

That is precisely why we offer them a solid basis in Economic & Business theories. We do this together with leading institutions in this field: the Erasmus School of Economics and the Rotterdam School of management. Excellent professors at these schools will train our students throughout the curriculum.

Next to that it is imperative that students become familiar with daily practices. Thanks to an extensive network of entrepreneurs, managers, policymakers and leaders in business at our disposal, we are able to offer our students this experience at an early stage. In this way the EUC curriculum fosters the development of an entrepreneurial attitude.

A final component is a second major offered at EUC. This combination of disciplines will help our students appreciate the importance of these insights in understanding and respecting the wider world around them as managers, business leaders or policymakers. In order to reach these academic goals, we will ask the students to go the extra mile. We are however fully convinced that EUC students are able to live up to that challenge!”

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Dr. Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens, Head of Humanities Department

Our students are always able to put a situation into different perspectives.

Humanities Majors

“What I think is important about humanities is that it shapes our thoughts by layering them. A student trained in humanities is always able to put a situation into different perspectives. So, when looking at the news it is not just the events that show themselves, but also the historical and ethical dimension of these events.

The multiplicity of the perspectives will allow these students to make more nuanced and accurate judgments.

Furthermore thorough elaboration on ‘the human condition’ will contribute to a fuller understanding of why people act or why people do not act. However, students trained in humanities do not only distinguish themselves by their intellectual capacities. For me, embracing humanities means that a repertoire to act and to connect opens itself. In the end it will offer a vision on the world around us.”

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Kees Vink

Dr. Kees Vink, Head of Life Sciences Department

Within the Life Sciences Majors, we aim to share our fascination for 'life' with the students.

Life Science Majors

“Within the Life Sciences Majors offered at EUC, we aim to share our fascination for 'life' with the students, teach them the fundamental aspects of biology (both theoretical and practical), train them to develop an academic, critical way of thinking, and guide them in building a solid foundation for their future careers.

The strong international reputation of the Erasmus Medical Center (Erasmus MC) in biomedical research has played a crucial role in designing the Life Sciences Major. Consequently, there is a strong focus on medical biology in some of the offered Majors. Most Majors however, cover the basic concepts of all of the important disciplines within modern biology, including evolutionary biology, plant biology and environmental biology.

Apart from the pre-defined Majors, which guarantee an optimal preparation for entry to various Master programmes, there is ample opportunity for Life Sciences students to choose their own set of courses.

Among the pre-defined Majors, a special position is occupied by the so-called Medical Track. This Major prepares students for a 1-year Connection Programme after graduation that will subsequently prime students to enter the Erasmus MC Medical Master. Note, that a total of 24 EUC Medical Track graduates per year will be selected to enter the Connection Programme, which will be organised by the Erasmus MC. Furthermore, a maximum of 10 graduates from EUC's Pre-Med Major who do not wish to follow the Dutch-spoken programmes offered in the Erasmus MC Premaster and Erasmus MC Medicine Master are eligible to apply to the English-spoken programme of the Medical School of St. George's University (SGU) in Grenada. 

The study of 'life' is a wonderful, challenging and rewarding experience. I hope you'll choose Life Sciences and share this experience with us!”

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Semiha Denktas

Dr. Semiha Denktas, Head of Social & Behavioural Sciences Department

We allow students to learn how to do theoretical and practical research.

Social & Behavioural Sciences Majors

“As a graduate of Erasmus University College with a Major in Social & Behavioural Sciences you will have a strong academic foundation and skills that employers find attractive.

We aim to educate you in the fields of society and human behaviour. This major allows you to learn how to do both theoretical and practical research. It will also stimulate you to use your newly obtained knowledge in a multidisciplinary fashion which is a crucial aspect of the Liberal Arts and Sciences education at Erasmus University College.

So, if you are intrigued by globalisation and international relations and wonder about how you can help to improve our society you will make the right choice when you Major in Social & Behavioural Sciences. The same goes for if you wonder why the law plays a vital role in the society that you live in and if you are fascinated by the dynamics and consequences of social and ethnic inequality. Finally, if you ever pondered about why people are the way they are and you would like to know more about thinking, emotion, disorders and behaviour, the Major in Social & Behavioural Sciences might be just the thing for you.”

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Interdepartmental & Double Majors

Provides students at EUC with a unique set of majors comprising of courses across departments.

Interdepartmental Majors