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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 Business and Management, Law in Europe, Social Sciences, Humanities: European History and Culture, or Cognitive Neuroscience.

Major in Humanities: European History and Culture

European History and Culture 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.

Major in Business and Management

The Business and Management 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.

Major in Social Sciences

The Social Sciences major 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

"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 Europe

The Law in Europe major focuses on law as a social and cultural phenomenon, as viewed within the context of European civilization and society. You gain in-depth knowledge of the two great Western legal traditions: the adversarial or common law system widespread in the English-speaking world, and the 'continental' inquisitorial or civil law system. You also acquire the tools to critically and independently evaluate these systems.

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 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.

Major in Cognitive Neuroscience

The Cognitive Neuroscience major 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 Cognitive Neuroscience major 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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