Interdepartmental & Double Majors

Current facets (Pre-Master)

Interdepartmental Majors and Double Major

  • The achievement of sustainability, or ‘the requirement of our generation to manage resources such that the average quality of life that we ensure ourselves can potentially be shared by all future generations” (Asheim and Brekke, 1993) can be considered one of the main challenges of our times. For sustainability to be achieved both environmental, social and economic aspects need to be in balance. However, the application of such an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability can be hindered by the mono-disciplinary approach of today’s highly specialized world. In this major, you will acquire the tools to think critically about the most pressing challenges of our time and the skills to find creative solutions for such challenges. Each course is embedded in an interdisciplinary frame that will guide you through different perspectives, from Life Sciences and Social Sciences to Economics and Humanities. In this major, you will develop research-oriented skills with a strong focus on solving complex multi-perspective and multi-disciplinary current issues.  In particular, thanks to a particular emphasis given to the intrinsic relationships between human and environment, you will learn how natural and ecological systems work, how cities can be smart and sustainable, how policies and organizations contribute to sustainability, how the current ethical and historical perspectives influence the climate crisis, how plants are a foundation for people and life on our planet, how to generate prevention plans for health problems, how to include multiple perspectives into play and finally how laws and policies to protect the common environmental are generated.

    Entry requirements

    Students are allowed to enter the major Sustainability when they:

    • had Biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC,
    • or have taken and passed the course General Biology in the first year at EUC.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (35 EC)

    • Principles of Ecology (LSC)   
    • Applied Game Theory (INT)
    • Food & Nutrition (LSC)
    • The Climate Crisis (ECB/HUM)
    • Plant Biology & Diversity (LSC)
    • Political Institutions & Public Governance (SBS)
    • Intermediate Statistics I (INT)

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (25 EC)

    • Epidemiology & Global Health (LSC)
    • Additionally choose at least 20 EC at 300 level from:
      • EUC Minor Think Green: Ecological & Economic Perspectives for a Sustainable Environment (15 EC; Q1) or a similar minor in the field of Sustainability offered by other universities (e.g. Sustainable Development at Leiden University)
      • Plants for People, Plants for Life (LSC) Q2
      • Off-campus courses on 'sustainability' at 300 level recognised by the Life Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board.

    The major Sustainability needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • The major in Philosophy, Politics & Economics is intended for students with a keen interest in diverse perspectives on contemporary issues. By combining courses from the departments of Humanities, Economics & Business and Social & Behavioural Sciences, students will gain insight in the various ways in which these respective disciplines frame and analyse, the social, economic and political developments that have shaped societies in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Throughout the major, students address themes that are pivotal to understand today’s world – from the emergence of industrial societies and the rise of network societies to micro- and macroeconomy and from globalisation and international relations to political economies and policy frameworks. Students also discuss the works of classic scholars such as Plato and Aristotle, Adam Smith and Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim, alongside various other key texts from the disciplines of philosophy, economy and political sciences.

    Contact the coordinator of the PPE major: Robin van den Akker

    Entry requirement PPE major

    For the PPE major it is required to successfully complete the course INT200 Mathematics.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (50 EC)

    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalism & Mediatisation
    • Understanding Politics
    • Narratives of Law & Justice
    • Foundations of Political Economy
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Intermediate Statistics II, or Intermediate Statistics II for Economists
    • Qualitative Research (200 level)
    • Early Modern Political Philosophy (recommended to follow in your first year, but also possible to follow in your second year)

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

    • Globalisation: Historical Perspectives from the Global South
    • Destiny Domesticated
    • Contemporary Political Philosophy

    Additionally at least 40 EC in courses at 200/300 level, with at least 20 EC on 300 level, choose from:

    • Political Institutions & Public Governance (200 level)
    • Conflict Resolution (200 level)
    • Leadership Studies (200 level)
    • The Climate Crisis (200 level)
    • Critical Theory (200 level)
    • Applied Game Theory (200 level)
    • Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Boundaries & Beyond (300 level)
    • Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
    • International Economics (300 level)
    • International Business & Governance (300 level)
    • Impact Evaluation (300 level)
    • Human Rights & Economic Governance (300 level)
    • Islam: a Political History (300 level)
    • Middle East Politics
    • Aesthetics & Politics (300 level)
    • The Economics of Sustainability (300 level)
    • History, Politics & Economics of European Integration (300 level)
    • Public Management & Governance (300 level)
    • EUC minor International Relations & Human Rights (15 EC)
    • An EUR minor that is recognised by the HUM, ECB or SBS department (15 EC, 300 level)
    • Off-campus courses at 300 level that are recognised by the HUM, ECB or SBS department and Examination Board

    The major Philosophy, Politics & Economics needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • This major is intended for students who are interested in the health problems of communities and the actions that will protect or improve the lives of large numbers of individuals within communities. The work of public health professionals is distinct from the work of clinical professionals, who typically treat individuals with health problems. Public health actions often involve research and educational and/or governmental approaches that influence communities, for example, in order to address issues such as obesity, smoking cessation, and access to health care. The major is especially appropriate for students who wish to pursue advanced studies that would lead to leadership positions in governmental or non-governmental organisations that deal with current and emerging health concerns in the world.

    Entry requirements
    Students are allowed to enter the major Public Global Health when they:

    • had Biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC; or
    • have taken and passed the course General Biology in the first year at EUC.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (25 EC)

    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Qualitative research
    • Micro- and Immunobiology
    • Intermediate Statistics II

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

    • Epidemiology & Global Health
    • Governing Healthy Cities
    • Health Psychology
    • Impact evaluation
    • An EUR minor in the field of Public & Global Health recognised by the Head of the Life Sciences department; or
    • Off-campus courses at 300 level in the field of Public & Global Health recognised by the Life Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board (at least 15 EC)

    The major Public & Global Health needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • The major in Public Health prepares students in the fields of biological and public health research with a focus on prevention and better treatment of diseases affecting large populations. Students will be prepared to be future health care professionals who are involved in (epidemiological) research or in management of health care organisations. The students will be able to design and conduct studies, manage data (health and epidemiology related), and become decision-makers using their interdisciplinary background in the context of public health.

    Entry requirements

    • Either had biology on their diploma for their prior education before entering EUC; or
    • have taken and passed the academic core course General Biology in the first year at EUC

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (30 EC)

    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Human Physiology
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Micro- & Immunobiology

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (30 EC)

    • Epidemiology & Global Health
    • Health Psychology
    • Health Care Governance
    • Additionally choose 15 EC at 300 level from:
      • Minor: Global Health (Erasmus MC; 15 EC), Health Care Management: In Search of Excellent Care (iBMB; 15 EC), or: an EUR Minor in the field of biological aspects of Public Health that is recognised by the Head of Department Life Sciences (15 EC),
      • or off-campus courses that are recognised by the Life Sciences department and approved by the Examination Board (15 EC)

    The major Biological Aspects of Public Health needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

Please note that some of the courses on 200 /300 Level have entry requirements. If you have a specific query regarding such a matter please contact the Office of Student and Educational Affairs.

Furthermore, students may request approval from both the Head of Department, as well as the Examination Board to take suitable 300 level courses off-campus as part of the requirements for their Major.

Note: These majors, courses, and requirements may be subject to change.