Do you have broad interests and are you a critical thinker? Do you enjoy discussing current social issues? Do you want to understand their historical roots and engage in philosophical reflection? If so, the bachelor's programme in Arts and Culture is the right choice for you.
You will learn to understand Western culture by looking at how it shapes and is shaped by art, science, technology, media and politics. You will explore the issues of modern society from a variety of perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach (based on philosophy, literature and art studies, history, and science and technology studies) will teach you to understand and frame complex social issues.
You will learn to think analytically, make connections across a variety of perspectives and develop strong argumentation skills. This will make you an attractive employee in a variety of jobs. Arts and Culture graduates work, for instance, as consultants for cultural institutions, policy advisors for governments, journalists and researchers. However, most graduates will opt for a master's degree before they enter the job market.
All teaching materials are provided in English and students are attending English-taught lectures and tutorials. However, the programme will also offer you the possibility to write your exams, papers and BA thesis in Dutch if you are a Dutch-native speaker.
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Coming from Germany, Nele appreciates the international environment at Maastricht University.
Why Nele chose to study Arts and Culture:
“I really like Arts and Culture because it has a wide range of courses. Like for example, we had a political course and a scientific course, but then we also had a course about art and a philosophy course. You can really pick and choose what you like. At Maastricht University, I enjoy the PBL approach. Students are very engaged and the teacher kind of sits back, and you’re supposed to be learning, in an interactive and critical way.”
“Other than that, I just fell in love with the city. It’s a beautiful city. Also, it’s very international and I really wanted to study in English and that is why Maastricht is just a good choice for me. Next year I’m doing an internship in a cultural journalistic department. So, I’m really excited for that! After my bachelor I also want to pursue a journalistic career.”
“I really like Arts and Culture because it has a wide range of courses. From political science, to art and philosophy: you can pick and choose what you like.”
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We would like to offer you several online resources which can give you a feel of what it is like to study at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and provide you with some answers to questions you might have. You can visit a Virtual Open Day, compare our bachelor's programmes or make an online personal appointment for more information about the programme of your choice. You can also register for one of our Experience Days (on campus or online).
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