Interdepartmental Majors

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, environmental, social and economic aspects all 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 specialised 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 framework 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 the emphasis given to the intrinsic relationships between humans and the natural environment, you will learn how natural and ecological systems work, how policies and organisations 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 when developing solutions and, finally, how laws and policies to protect the common environmental are generated.

Entry requirement

Students are allowed to enter this major when they either have successfully completed a general biology course prior to entering EUC or have passed the EUC course ACC112 Basics of Life in the first year.

Coordinator: Dr A. Vasques

Mandatory courses at 200 level (30 EC)

  • Applied Game Theory (INT)
  • Food & Nutrition (LSC)
  • The Climate Crisis (ECB/HUM)
  • Plant Biology & Diversity (LSC)
  • Politics of Public Policy (SBS)
  • Intermediate Statistics I (INT)

Mandatory courses at 300 level (5 EC)

  • Principles of Ecology, Biodiversity & Nature-Inclusive Design

Choose 25 EC of which at least 15 EC in courses at 300 level:

  • Late Modernity (200 level)
  • Qualitative Research through Interviewing (200 level)
  • Plant Physiology & Sustainable Agriculture (300 level)
  • Epidemiology & Global Health (300 level)
  • International Environmental & Energy Law (300 level)
  • EUR Minor Think Green: Ecological & Economic Perspectives for a Sustainable Environment (15 EC)
  • EUR minor Science & Practice for Transformative Change
  • EUR Minor in the field of Sustainability that is approved by the Head of the Life Science Department (15 EC)
  • EUC/ off campus / exchange courses approved by the Head of the Life Sciences Department and the Examination Board (200 / 300 level)

The major Sustainability 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 protect communities, prevent diseases, and address issues such as obesity, smoking, and access to healthcare. The major is especially appropriate for students who wish to pursue advanced studies that would lead to research, project management, and leadership positions in governmental or non-governmental organisations that deal with current and emerging health concerns throughout the world.

Entry requirements

A proficiency in both Biology (or LSC214 General Biology) and Chemistry (or LSC215 Basic Chemistry) is recommended for the major Public & Global Health, but not mandatory.

Coordinator: Dr M. Hartman

Mandatory courses at 200 level (20 EC)

  • Food & Nutrition
  • Qualitative Research through Interviewing
  • Intermediate Statistics I
  • Intermediate Statistics II

Mandatory courses at 300 level (20 EC)

  • Epidemiology & Global Health
  • Governing Healthy Cities
  • Health Psychology
  • Impact evaluation
  • Additionally choose 20 EC at from the following:
    • Human Physiology (200 level)
    • Principles of Management (200 level)
    • Organisational Behaviour (200 level)
    • HR Management (300 level)
    • Global Regimes: Trade, Health & Power (300 level)
    • EUR minor Global Health (Erasmus MC, 15 EC, includes 6 weeks abroad) or
    • EUR minor Public Health: de Gezonde Grote Stad (ESHPM, 15 EC, in Dutch)
    • EUR minor Economics of Well-being (ESE, 15 EC)
    • EUC/ off campus / exchange courses approved by the Head of the Life Sciences Department and the Examination Board (200 / 300 level)

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

The major in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) 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 understanding 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 classical 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 social sciences.

The PPE major thus offers a comprehensive introduction to the core subjects in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, augmented by (interdisciplinary) courses on themes and subjects that cross the boundaries between these fields, as well as skills courses. To reflect this multi- and interdisciplinary nature, students are asked to choose from each discipline the following core courses, as well as 15 EC in electives from within the fields.

Entry requirement

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

Coordinator: Dr C. van Wijbergen (email:

Mandatory courses at 200 level (60 EC)

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Foundations of Political Economy
  • Late Modernity
  • Critical Theory
  • Understanding Politics
  • International Relations
  • Politics of Public Policy
  • Early Modern Political Philosophy
  • Intermediate Statistics I
  • Intermediate Statistics II, or Principles of Econometrics
  • Qualitative Methods

Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

  • International Economics
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy

Additionally, choose 3 courses from the list below, 1 from each field of which at least 5 EC at 300 level:

  • The Climate Crisis: Ecology, Economics & Politics in the Anthropocene (200 level)
  • Applied Game Theory (200 level)
  • Behavioural Economics (200 level)
  • Cheap: A Crique of Capitalism in the Web of Life (300 level)
  • Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
  • Multiple Modernities: Historical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
  • Close Reading Close Reading
    bell hooks (300 level)
  • Conflict Resolution (300 level)
  • Global Governance & Diplomacy (300 level)
  • Global Regimes: Trade, Health & Power (300 level)
  • Islam: a Political History (300 level)
  • Middle East Politics (300 level)
  • European Integration (300 level)
  • Economics of Markets & Organisations (300 level)
  • Impact Evaluation (300 level)
  • Off campus / exchange courses approved by the Head of the Humanities Department and the Examination Board (200/300 level)

The major Philosophy, Politics & Economics 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.

Compare @count study programme

  • @title

    • Duration: @duration
Compare study programmes