Majors in Humanities

EUC Humanities

The majors of the Humanities Department are rooted in an interdisciplinary Liberal Arts programme that combines Political Philosophy and Critical Theory on the one hand and Cultural analysis and Media Studies (Literature, Arts, Photography, Film, Television, Social Media, etc.) on the other hand.

The curriculum is structured around four recurring themes – technology, economy, culture and politics – that are combined in innovative courses rooted in our intellectual heritage. Students thus gain extensive knowledge of, and learn to critically reflect on, the historical processes and social developments as well as the institutions and interfaces that have shaped today’s world and continue to shape the 21st century.

The Humanities Department offers 6 majors:

  • Mandatory courses for the major in Humanities (General), (20 EC)

    • Critical Theory (200 level)
    • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalisation & Mediatisation (200 level)
    • Qualitative Research (200 level)
    • Intermediate Statistics I (200 level)

    Additionally at least 40 EC of which 20 EC in courses at 300 level offered by and/or recognised by the Humanities department:

    • Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Boundaries, and Beyond (300 level)
    • Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
    • Globalisation: Historical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
    • Jesus & Muhammad: Lives, Times & Representations (200 level)
    • The Avant-Garde: Experimental Art, Photography & Film (200 level)
    • Understanding Contemporary Art (200 level)
    • Aesthetics & Politics: A Genealogy of Social Order (300 level)
    • Watching Film and Television: Analysing Visual Culture (300 level)
    • Analysing Network Culture: Digital Media and Society (300 level)
    • Early Modern Political Philosophy (200 level)
    • Contemporary Political Philosophy (300 level)
    • The Climate Crisis: Ecology, Economy & Politics in the Anthropocene (200 level)
    • Foundations of Political Economy (200 level)
    • Data Visualisation (200 level)
    • Representation (300 level)
    • Destiny Domesticated (300 level)
    • Literature & Politics (200 level)
    • Analysing Contemporary Literature (200 level)
    • Close Reading Nietzsche: The Gay Science (300 level)
    • Skills Intermediate Statistics I (200 level)
    • Skills Intermediate Statistics II (200 level)
  • Mandatory courses for the major in Humanities with Political Philosophy & Critical Theory (40 EC, of which 20 EC at 300 level)

    • Critical Theory (200 level)
    • Aesthetics & Politics: A Genealogy of Social Order (300 level)
    • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalisation & Mediatisation (200 level)
    • Early Modern Political Philosophy (200 level)
    • Contemporary Political Philosophy (300 level)
    • Close Reading Nietzsche: The Gay Science (300 level)
    • Qualitative Research (200 level)
    • And at least 5 EC from either Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Binaries and Beyond (300 level) or

    Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level) (or both).

    Additionally at least 20 EC offered by and/or recognised by the Humanities department.

    Advised courses for the major in Political Philosophy & Critical Theory

    • Understanding Politics (200 level)
    • The Climate Crisis: Ecology, Economy, and Politics in the Anthropocene (200 level)
    • Destiny Domesticated (300 level)
    • Globalisation: Historical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
  • Mandatory courses for the major in Visual Cultures & Media Literacy (45 EC, of which 20 EC at 300 level)

    • Critical Theory (200 level)
    • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalisation & Mediatisation (200 level)
    • The Avant-Garde: Experimental Art, Photography & Film (200 levels)
    • Watching Film and Television: Analysing Visual Culture (300 level)
    • Analysing Network Culture: Digital Media and Society (300 level)
    • Data Visualisation (200 level)
    • Qualitative Research (200 level)
    • Intermediate Statistics I (200 level)
    • And at least 5 EC from either Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Binaries and Beyond (300 level); or

    Post-Colonial Theory: Perspectives from the Global South (300 level) (or both).

    Additionally at least 15 EC in courses offered by and/or recognised by the Humanities department.

    Advised courses for the major in Visual Cultures & Media Literacy

    • Literature & Politics (200 level)
    • Analysing Contemporary Literature (200 level)
    • Jesus & Muhammad: Lives, Times & Representations (200 level)
  • Mandatory Courses for the major in Arts, Culture & Society (45 EC, of which 15 EC at 300 level)

    • Critical Theory (200 level)
    • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalisation & Mediatisation (200 level)
    • Aesthetics & Politics: A Genealogy of Social Order (300 level)
    • The Avant-Garde: Experimental Art, Photography & Film (200 level)
    • Understanding Contemporary Art (200 level)
    • Watching Film & Television: Analysing Visual Culture (300 level)
    • Qualitative Research (200 level)
    • Intermediate Statistics I (200 level)
    • And at least 5 EC from either Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Binaries & Beyond (300 level) or Post-Colonial Theory: Perspectives from the Global South (300 level) (or both).

    Additionally at least 15 EC of which 5 EC in courses at 300 level offered by and/or recognised by the Humanities department.

    Advised course for the major in Arts, Culture & Society

    • Literature & Politics (200 level)
    • Analysing Contemporary Literature (200 level)
    • Destiny Domesticated (300 level)
  • Mandatory courses for the major in Cultural Analysis (15 EC, of which 5 EC at 300 level)

    • Critical Theory (200 level)
    • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalisation & Mediatisation (200 level)
    • Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Binaries & Beyond (300 level) or Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level) (or both).

    Additionally at least 45 EC of which 15 EC in courses at 300 level from the following options:

    • The Avant-Garde: Experimental Art, Photography & Film (200 level)
    • Understanding Contemporary Art (200 level)
    • Aesthetics & Politics: A Genealogy of Social Order (300 level)
    • Literature & Politics (200 level)
    • Jesus & Muhammad: Lives, Times & Representations (200 level)
    • Analysing Contemporary Literature (200 level)
    • Analysing Visual Culture: Watching Film & Television (300 level)
    • Analysing Network Culture: Digital Media & Society (300 level)
    • Destiny Domesticated (300 level)
    • Close Reading Nietzsche: The Gay Science (300 level)
    • Data Visualisation (200 level)
    • Qualitative Research (200 level)
    • Intermediate Statistics I (200 level)
  • 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.

The programme’s majors, minors, and workshops are designed to educate the critical thinkers, creative entrepreneurs, ethical managers and informed citizens of tomorrow.  The various Humanities majors and the double major Philosophy, Politics & Economics will open very diverse and a wide variety of career paths to our students. Especially since the intellectual versatility, the capacity to reflect on and see through complex problems, and the reading and writing skills acquired in and through the humanities, are in high demand on the contemporary job market. 

Contact the coordinator of the Humanities majors: Robin van den Akker.