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Curriculum of Economics

The Bachelor’s program in Economics is divided in a two-year foundation phase consisting of twenty mandatory courses and a one-year specialization phase organized around a variety of free electives and program electives.

Clicking on the course name will take you to our study guide, where you can read more about that particular course and the lecturer who teaches it. The curriculum will change slightly in September 2016. That is why some courses are not clickable yet; these refer to courses which are currently taught.

First year

The first year will give you a solid foundation in the core economics topics. Mathematics and Statistics will serve as tools: they are a language used to understand economical models.

In this year you will explore the many facets of Economics in depth, which is a great way to discover where your strengths and interests lie. In addition, you will take two business-oriented courses to learn what goes on both inside and directly outside the world of business.

Second year

The second year will build further on the knowledge you have gained in the first year. You will delve into microeconomics and macroeconomics in more depth, gaining specialized knowledge in a range of courses such as Development Economics, which deals with the dynamics of a developing economy, or International Trade, where you learn more about the economic relationships between countries.

Third year

The third year is the final year of your studies and is therefore quite exciting. It is also the year that offers the most room for free study choices and electives. In the first semester, you can study abroad for one semester at one of our many partner universities around the world, or you can stay in Tilburg and take electives.

In the second semester, you will get ready to graduate. You can choose three courses from a range of interesting electives. Your thesis is the crowning achievement of all your hard work: it is your chance to show us in a research report on a topic of your choice what you have learned in Economics.

Semester 1 (September – January)

 Free electives or semester abroad




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