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Majors Liberal Arts and Sciences

Our five majors will broaden and deepen your expertise on the subject of your choice. You can choose between Arts and Humanities: Past - Present - Future, Business and Economics, Social Sciences: Human Behavior, Law in an International Context, Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain and Cognition.

Major in Arts and Humanities: Past - Present - Future

Arts and Humanities: Past - Present - Future is your opportunity to explore various schools of thought within the humanities and culture studies.

This intellectually rigorous and interactive major will engage you in a diversity of topics. It examines the historical foundations of Europe's diversity; the significance of Europe and its traditions, values and ideals; the political agenda of the European Union today; and the role Europe can play in a globalizing world.

Both historical and topical current issues are addressed during the curriculum, such as the separation of church and state, Muslims in Western society, citizenship and democracy, the rhetoric of populism and nihilism, and the concept of identity.

Taught by lecturers from the disciplines of philosophy, linguistics, cultural studies, art history, religious studies, and comparative literature, this major applies interdisciplinary perspectives to examine different themes within each of five time periods, from classical times to the modern era.

David Janssens lecturer LAS

David Janssens, lecturer

"What does it mean to be human? What is a good human life? These questions are harder than they ever were before. The Humanities have grappled with them for ages, so they may teach us a thing or two. According to Matthew Arnold, learning should focus on “the best which has been thought and said in the world”. That’s a challenge, not a truism. We need to learn to listen to it, but also to wonder if it is really the best. Plutarch says that “the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.” The Humanities Major aims to do just that: everything it studies – every poem, treatise, dialogue, painting, sculpture or video – is a glowing ember waiting quietly and patiently to set our minds on fire."

Major in Business and Economics

The Business and Economics major focuses on accounting, finance, marketing, organization, and strategy. Unlike traditional management courses, this major takes an integrated and contextual approach. Connections are made between various management disciplines. By adding a global and societal context to all business and management concepts,gives an extra dimension to learning is created.

Learning is centered around interaction in small-scale classes, while all the basic principles of management are covered. You learn about the pros and cons of different management models and how cultural and social developments are transforming the way we think about management. Other topics include the critical interconnections between strategy and marketing, macroeconomics and microeconomics, and financial accounting and finance.

Medewerker Gerwin van der Laan LAS

Gerwin van der Laan, lecturer

"Business is so much more than fast money and economic sciences includes more than mathematical models. If you choose this major, I will show you that the scale and power of business can be used to advance society. The university college student has the open mind and analytical skills to understand the complex economic reality. It is therefore very inspiring to see how alumni of the Business and Economics major hold key positions in the business world and in governments. They contribute their part to building a more sustainable society."

Major in Social Sciences: Human Behavior

The Major Social Sciences: Human Behavior focuses on the ways in which we establish our identity in a globalized society. This highly stimulating program fundamentally challenges your ideas on human identity and behavior. It draws on perspectives from sociology, social psychology, leisure studies, culture and communication studies, human resource management, and organization studies.

Shared themes soon become apparent in issues as diverse as the Holocaust, punishment of crime, totalitarianism, the events at Abu Ghraib prison, terrorism, and physical and sexual violence. These cases are investigated through the lens of concepts derived from sociology, psychology, and philosophy. You will also become familiar with the basics of sociological and philosophical research.

Alkeline van Lenning Dean TSH LAS

Alkeline van Lenning, Dean

"As someone who has been working in the fields of Social Sciences and Academic Education for many years, I am very excited to combine the two through offering the major Social Sciences. The major focuses on understanding humans; how we think, act, and self-identify, and aims to achieve this by embracing a highly multidisciplinary approach. Students with an active interest in such topics as psychology, sociology and culture, and a desire to understand the ‘why’ behind human behavior, should not hesitate to choose this major!"

Major in Law in an International Context

The major Law in an International Context focuses on law as a social and cultural phenomenon, as viewed within the context of the western civilization and society. The law major offers an introduction into the different fields of law from a comparative perspective and acquaints students with both European and international law.

You will learn about the integration of cognitive, cultural, historical and contextual elements within the law, as well as the response of different legal systems to specific social and global problems and issues. In this respect, law is viewed as a means of shaping and steering society.

Learning takes place via interactive lectures and seminars, with plenty of scope for stimulating debate. Ample opportunity is also given to learn and use legal methodology.

Tessa Leesen lecturer LAS

Tessa Leesen, lecturer

"Teaching in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program has been an inspiring experience for me, mostly because of the close interaction with students, their curiosity, eagerness to learn and challenging questions. In the major law, we hope to inspire students as well by teaching them what the law is and how it is applied to a number of cases, by encouraging them to look at current European and global issues from a legal perspective, but also to critically think about the law and its impact on society."

Major in Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain and Cognition

The major Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain and Cognition is your opportunity to discover the fascinating world of the human brain. We live in an era in which knowledge about the brain is expanding at a tremendously high pace, and in which research about the human brain attracts a lot of interest from the general public.

Cognitive Neuroscience is a relatively young field in science which has emerged from fields such as psychology, neuroscience, computer science, biology, and philosophy. In a multidisciplinary effort, it aims to understand how the human brain supports processes such as perception, action, attention, affect, decision making, language, reasoning, and social behavior. It also studies how these processes develop throughout a lifespan, and what happens when the brain dysfunctions.

The curriculum of the major Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain and Cognition consists of a wide range of topics such as the fundamentals of the human brain and of behavior, experimental psychology, clinical neuropsychology, cognitive science, and computer modeling and programming. These topics are taught by lecturers who are well-versed in these fields and in the accompanying research methods.

Lecturer Jeroen Stekelenburg LAS

Jeroen Stekelenburg, lecturer

"When I was asked to set up the cognitive neuroscience major I was thrilled because I now could develop a curriculum that I really would have liked as a student myself. This major is about understanding our behavior and underlying brain mechanisms and is highly multidisciplinary as it integrates knowledge from cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, linguistics, philosophy and computer sciences. Cognitive neuroscience attracts inquisitive students with an interest in the exploration of the human mind and brain."

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