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.


Bachelor Open Day nov. 2017

Curious about the most international university in the Netherlands and its unique educational method? Visit the Bachelor's Open Day and experience Maastricht.

At Maastricht University (UM), our goal is to prepare students in the best possible way for a career either in the Netherlands or abroad. By focusing on learning through analysing and solving relevant international issues, Problem-Based Learning challenges and encourages students to do their best.
Visit Maastricht University on 25 November and take the opportunity to walk around in Maastricht and explore the city’s gems! Maastricht is a lively and welcoming city where most students quickly find a room within cycling distance of the university.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers two Bachelor's programmes: Arts and Culture and European Studies. If you want to learn more about these programmes then visit the Bachelor's Open Day on 25 November 2017



  • IRSCL to issue statement defending academic freedom

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    On Universal Children’s Day, 20 November 2017, the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) will issue a Statement of Principles, because it is worried about the ways in which contemporary geopolitics curtail academic freedom.

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  • Cover book 'Cybergenetics'

    FASoS researchers Sally Wyatt and Anna Harris win international book prize

    Monday, November 6, 2017

    Anna Harris (FASoS), Susan Kelly (University of Exeter) and Sally Wyatt (FASoS) have won the 2017 Sociology of Health and Illness book prize for their book ‘CyberGenetics: Health genetics and new media’ (Routledge 2016).

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  • Lies Wesseling

    Lies Wesseling re-elected President IRSCL

    Monday, October 2, 2017

    During the 25th biennial of the International Research Association for Children’s Literature, Lies Wesseling was re-elected as President of this scholarly society of 360 members from 46 countries worldwide

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  • Harro van Lente appointed Chairman NWO Advisory Committee

    Monday, October 2, 2017

    Harro van Lente has been appointed as Chairman of the NWO Advisory Committee Responsible Innovation.

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  • Pierre Kemp

    Pierre Kemp exhibition and anthology

    Monday, September 25, 2017 Read more
  • Harro van Lente member of Dutch Health Council

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    Professor Harro van Lente has been appointed as member of the Health Council of the Netherlands, an independent scientific advisory body for the government and parliament.

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  • Vink en Peters

    APSA Best Chapter Award for Floris Peters and Maarten Vink

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    The migration and citizenship section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) has awarded the ‘2016 Best Chapter Award’ to a book chapter by Floris Peters and Maarten Vink. 

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  • Aline Sierp

    Aline Sierp wins Europe for Citizens Grant

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Aline Sierp, together with colleagues from the University of Siena, Sibiu and Krakow, has won a Europe for Citizen Grant funded by the European Commission.

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  • Kal Plat poster

    Dialect Web App Eèsjdes (the Eijsden dialect) and Mestreechs (the Maastricht dialect)

    Monday, September 4, 2017

    Professor Leonie Cornips launches a Dialect Web App for the Limburg dialects ‘Eèsjdes’ (the Eijsden dialect) and ‘Mestreechs’ (the Maastricht dialect).

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