International Bachelor History

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History

In this bachelor you study modern history, to find answers to the societal questions that politics, the media and citizens are grappling with today.

Why study International Bachelor History in Rotterdam?

Why have so many European countries become so rich while many African countries have remained poor? Why did football grow to become the people’s favourite sport in Brazil while in India people are crazy about cricket? And why is the number of migrants worldwide growing in terms of absolute numbers while the number of migrants as a percentage of world’s population remains relatively constant?

As a history student you will learn to answer to these type of questions. In the EUR's international bachelor in History, you focus on societal, economic, political and cultural themes and not (as with many other programmes) historical periods. This lets you keep an eye on the big picture and enables you to see the links between historical and contemporary developments. If your interests reach beyond history alone, then this is the ideal programme for you.

Julia de Haan

“You are triggered to combine the view of historians with your own.”




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Roy Sierens

“Without knowing and understanding the history of different countries, social groups or parts of modern society, you cannot understand why today things are as they are.”

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Kim van der Meij

“The focus on modern history and the training of practical skills at the Erasmus University Rotterdam were decisive factors in my choice for this programme”

                                          Click on the picture for Kim’s story.  

Target audience

  • You desire to learn as much as possible about the past, but you don’t want to be limited to listening to stories and analyses.
  • You want to improve your writing skills to convey sharp and professional messages and are willing to present for small groups.
  • You are up to date with the latest scientific data and views and your outlook goes beyond the Netherlands. The history of Europe and the world is our point of reference and the literature is in English.
  • You participate in workshops and can contribute to the debates, active participation requires good preparation and reading the literature.