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.



Study at FASoS during COVID-19

FASoS HvT achterzijde

The past 1,5 year the world has been dominated by the covid-19 crisis. The impact of the coronavirus on society has been huge and special measures have been taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment. 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 allows universities to open their doors again and we are certain we can offer our students a safe environment. Education at FASoS will take place on-campus again as of 30 August 2021. 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.


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



  • Yf Reykers

    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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  • Willemine Willems

    Fair healthcare in primary care plus centres in Maastricht

    Thursday, September 9, 2021

    Willemine Willems, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, will defend her dissertation 'Connected at the joints; Calibrating knowledge, morals and health care' on 10 September. In her dissertation, Willemine researches the fairness of a new type of healthcare: primary care plus.

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  • Katleen Gabriels awarded Edmond Hustinx prize 2021

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

    Dr. Katleen Gabriels was awarded the Edmond Hustinx prize for Science 2021 during the Opening of the Academic Year.

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  • Ernst Homburg

    Ernst Homburg wins Morris Award 2021

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    Emeritus professor Ernst Homburg has won the SHAC award for his outstanding work on the history of the chemical industry.

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  • ranking

    UM 6th place in worldwide rankings of young universities

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Read more
  • philia sorority

    Meet Philia - the first international sorority

    Monday, June 7, 2021

    Maastricht’s student life is clicking into gear again – and getting a little richer and more inclusive. Global Studies first years Meghan Callender, Klara Riehle and Barbara Paro are setting up a new international sorority: Philia. They want to offer sports, international cuisine, cultural exchange, as well as a social and educational programme. 

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Video: virtual campus tour.