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Program and courses University College Tilburg: Liberal Arts and Sciences

University College Tilburg offers a Liberal Arts and Sciences program which combines different scientific disciplines: law, culture, history, business, management, psychology and cognitive neuroscience. The small-scale and intensive program allows you to develop into a critical thinker, a concerned citizen and academically educated professional. This interdisciplinary approach enables you to gain an in-depth understanding of complex global issues in contemporary society and to look for creative solutions.

Structure of the program

The first year offers a core curriculum that introduces you to a variety of subjects within different scientific disciplines. While exploring these different disciplines, you discover what kind of academic path you wish to pursue. Based on this experience, you will choose a major in the second year and specialize in one of five disciplines:

  • Social Sciences: Human Behavior
  • Law in an International Context
  • Arts and Humanities: Past-Present-Future
  • Business and Economics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain and Cognition

This provides a solid foundation for the third year, in which you are free to explore your interests in a minor program, giving you a unique profile. In addition, you will take online classes. Most of our students use the first semester of the third year to study abroad at one of our renowned partner universities. You finish your program with a Bachelor’s thesis. The degree awarded (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) depends on the major you choose. 

Support program

During your studies you will take part in the Program for Academic Study Success (PASS). This program is designed to support you during your studies and to keep up with your progress. Students are divided in small groups and receive guidance from a mentor. Towards the end of your studies the accent of the mentorship shifts from study progress to job market orientation.

Year 1 Content
Year 2 Content
Year 3 Content

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

Go to the course descriptions


Please Note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in Osiris Student at the start of the year.


Majors within Liberal Arts and Sciences

At the end of the first year you will choose a major. In the second and third year you take courses that are part of your chosen specialization. However, within the major the curriculum is not entirely set: in addition to the core curriculum, you have the opportunity to take elective courses with which you can specialize.

Social Sciences: Human Behavior
Law in an International Context
Arts and Humanities: Past-Present-Future
Business and Economics
Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain and Cognition

Why in Tilburg?

  • Our students are very satisfied with the program, as the Keuzegids Universiteiten 2018 rankings shows. The Bachelor’s program in Liberal Arts and Sciences has scored 82 out of a 100 points, and has been awarded the Dutch ‘top program’ quality label – as in previous years (2014-2018). Students highly rate the academic training they receive, the guidance given by the academic staff, and the diversity in teaching methods.
  • There are two sides to every story: in our Team Teaching Lectures, two academics with different backgrounds jointly teach the same course and subject. This triggers interesting debates. You also easily learn how to approach a topical issue from different perspectives. Two lecturers and one of our students give you more insight in our Team Teaching approach (video - 1:31 min)
  • We also teach you the skills needed to make your ideas happen: launch and develop your own project or business idea and put it into practice in our Social Innovation Project.
  • You will be part of an international classroom: approximately one third of your fellow students will be international. Because of this multicultural setting you will learn how to work together with people from different cultures and backgrounds in an international environment. 
  • Within the program there is a strong focus on student well-being by means of the Resilience Project. In this project students critically reflect on the terms 'success', 'failure' and 'excellence' from an interdisciplinary perspective. In addition, students take part in 'resilience training' and have the opportunity to attend several meetings and events. 
  • Choose whether you want to live within our optional residential setting or in the city center: no mandatory living on campus. You live and study in an environment that best suits you!

Interested in the Bachelor's program in Liberal Arts and Sciences?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application