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Curriculum of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts and Sciences is a three-year Bachelor’s program that focuses on the disciplines within the social sciences and humanities at University College Tilburg. The social sciences comprise law, business and management, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and sociology, while the humanities encompass culture, history, literature, philosophy, and religion.

Program structure and components

The program is divided into six semesters, each requiring the completion of 30 ECTS worth of courses - usually five courses of 6 ECTS each. This will lead to a total of 180 ECTS and an internationally recognized Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) degree from University College Tilburg. The degree awarded depends on the major you have chosen.

Compulsory courses

Ten courses within the Liberal Arts and Sciences program are compulsory. These courses are designed to give you an overview of the different academic disciplines offered within the program. They also lay the groundwork for the development of strong academic skills. Several compulsory courses are taught using the ‘team teaching’ method.

Compulsory optional courses

In the first semester of the first and second year you will have to choose two compulsory optional courses (one for each year). The following courses can be chosen:

Elective courses

At three different points throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to select your own electives. This will give you a chance to enrich your curriculum with the interdisciplinary knowledge of your choice. One elective should be chosen within your major and the other two electives are available from all four majors within the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

Major courses

Your major comprises ten courses, including the elective major course. These courses are taught in your second and third year, leading to a total of 60 ECTS. Your Bachelor's thesis must fit clearly within your major and will account for 18 ECTS.

Minor courses

Five courses within Liberal Arts and Sciences must be dedicated to your minor, making a total of 30 ECTS. Your minor can be in a field different to that of your major, giving you the opportunity to broaden your expertise. You can also pursue your minor in the same field as your major to further expand your knowledge in that specific area.

You can pursue your minor courses at Tilburg University, at another research university in the Netherlands, or abroad during an international exchange semester. All minor courses must be taken at the appropriate level for your stage in the program: they cannot be first-year courses or language courses. Your Academic Advisor can you help you make the best decision as to which minor courses to take for a rich but coherent overall curriculum.


First year

The first year has been designed to give you an overview of the different academic disciplines offered within the program.

Semester 1 Semester 2
European History: Politics and Culture Mind and Brain
Rhetoric, Culture and Democracy in conjunction with Academic English Introduction to Research Methods
Wicked Problems Society, Culture and Economy Researchers and their Fields
Thinking about Science Introduction to Social Sciences and Business & Management
One of five compulsory optional courses Introduction to Law and Humanities

See an overview of the courses of year 1

Second year

The curriculum for your second year depends on the major you choose. Your major involves in-depth study within one academic discipline, qualifying you for a variety of careers or a Master's degree in that area.

Year 2: BA in Humanities: European History and Culture

Year 2: BSc in Business & Management

Year 2: BSc in Social Sciences

Year 2: BA in Law and Europe

Year 2: BSc in Cognitive Neuroscience

Third year

The curriculum for your third year depends on the major you choose. In the first semester of the third year, you will have the opportunity to go on exchange. You can then choose to follow your four minor courses at one of our renowned partner universities abroad. Your one compulsory course in this semester will then be offered as a distance learning course by the Liberal Arts and Sciences staff at Tilburg University.

Year 3: BA in Humanities: European History and Culture

Semester 1 Semester 2
Perspectives on Europe Current European Issues
Four Minors or Three Minors + Social Innovation Project, inspired by Socionext Introduction to Theory of Literature (Yale University) or Elective major course
Bachelor’s thesis

More information about the courses of year 3 (European History and Culture)

Year 3: BSc in Business & Management

Semester 1 Semester 2
Investor Behavior and the History of Financial Markets Current European Issues
Four Minors or Three Minors + Social Innovation Project, inspired by Socionext Management Information Systems (Saylor Academy) or Elective major course
Bachelor’s thesis

More information about the courses of year 3 (Business and Management)

Year 3: BSc in Social Sciences

Semester 1 Semester 2
Visual Culture and the Body Current European Issues
Four Minors or Three Minors + Social Innovation Project, inspired by Socionext Social Psychology (Saylor Academy) or Elective major course
Bachelor’s thesis

More information about the courses of year 3 (Social Sciences)

Year 3: BA in Law in Europe

Semester 1 Semester 2
Liability and the Internet Current European Issues
Four Minors or Three Minors + Social Innovation Project, inspired by Socionext Business Law and Ethics (Saylor Academy) or Elective major course
Bachelor’s thesis

More information about the courses of year 3 (Law in Europe)

Year 3: BSc in Cognitive Neuroscience

Semester 1 Semester 2
Cognitive Modeling Currrent European Issues
Four Minors or Three minors and Social Innovation Project Creativity and Cognition
Bachelor thesis

More information about the courses of year 3 (Cognitive Neuroscience)

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