Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

After nearly twenty-five years, the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSW) is being renamed. From 1 September 2017, the faculty will be called Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, reflecting the faculty’s multidisciplinary and international character.




A lot has changed in 55 years. After Sociology launched in 1963, under Dean Professor Jacques van Doorn, the faculty expanded with Political Science (1978-1987)), in 1984 with the addition of Public Administration. This was followed by Psychology in 2001, and Pedagogical Sciences in 2011.
The latest addition to the family is Erasmus University College which became part of the FSW in 2013. These expansions not only boosted staff and student numbers, but they also meant the introduction of another discipline: behavioural sciences.

Besides expanding the number of academic studies, in recent years the FSW has also taken steps towards internationalisation. English-language master and bachelor programmes have been launched, for example, and more and more internationally funded research is being acquired and performed. And there are many international partnerships and publications.

Over the past 100 years, Erasmus University Rotterdam has also grown internationally into a strong brand. Various other faculties have since adopted a suitable English name. The Faculty of Social Sciences is joining them.

Man and society
The new name Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) expresses the multidisciplinarity and strategy for the further internationalisation of the FSW. An Erasmus School where people work and study with dedication on excellent research and education for man and society, for now and in the future.








More information

Marjolein Kooistra, mediarelaties FSW, 010 408 2135 | 06 83676038 | 
Twitter: @ESSB_Erasmus



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