Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
In our teaching and research we highlight major developments in societies and cultures as they have unfolded during the modern and contemporary eras. We seek to gain understanding of the interrelationships of Europeanisation, globalisation, scientific and technological development, political change and cultural innovation. We are interested in how today’s societies cope with these challenges through, amongst others, practices of remembrance, governance techniques, strategies for managing knowledge, technologies and risks and ways of dealing with diversity and inequality. Yet, understanding our present world is impossible without insight into its past. This is why historical research serves as a key element of our scholarly and educational identity.
- International community with 77% of our students and 42% of our staff coming from abroad
- Interdisciplinary approach towards teaching and research
- 4 bachelor's programmes, 8 master's programmes and 2 research master's programmes
- 4 research programmes, 7 research centres and a graduate school
Study at FASoS during COVID-19
The impact of the corona crisis on society has been huge and we understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What does education look like at FASoS? What can you expect from student life?
The Dutch government allowed universities to open their doors again and we are certain we can offer our students a safe and healthy environment. Education at FASoS takes place on-campus again and this means we expect all students to be present on location for their educational activities. Any future changes will be announced as soon as possible.
Please visit the web pages below for more details about safety and vaccinations.
Our faculty offers four bachelor’s programmes, eight master's programmes and two research master's programmes.
Our research institute studies societies and cultures as they unfolded during the modern and contemporary era in a radically interdisciplinary manner. We analyse the interrelationships of Europeanisation, globalisation, scientific and technological development, political change and cultural innovation.
Katleen Gabriels awarded Edmond Hustinx prize 2021
During the Opening of the Academic Year on Monday 6 September, Dr. Katleen Gabriels was awarded the Edmond Hustinx prize 2021 for Science.
The Edmond Hustinx Prize for Science exists to emphasise the importance of the practical application of research as well as the importance of UM to Limburg. The cash prize of €15,000 is awarded to a different faculty each year.
Interview with Dr. Katleen Gabriels in University Magazine Observant about her research and about what she plans on doing with the prize money.
Video of the Opening of the Academic Year, and the awarding of the prize
BSc Global Studies top-rated programme in Keuzegids 2022Monday, November 15, 2021
BSC Global Studies has received the "top-rated programme" seal from the Keuzegids Universiteiten 2022.
Students at Maastricht University share their COVID-19 experiencesThursday, October 21, 2021
Students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University, digitised in 3D personal items that spoke to their experience of the pandemic. These models were woven into digital stories that explore their experience from personal, cultural, and social perspectives.
Ad hoc crisis responses: a curse for international organisations?Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Yf Reykers, Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has received a 1.2 million euro grant from the Norwegian Research Council to study the impact of ad hoc crisis responses on international organisations.
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Video: virtual campus tour.