Do you have broad interests and are you a critical thinker? Do you enjoy discussing current social issues? Do you want to understand their historical roots and engage in philosophical reflection? If so, the bachelor's programme in Arts and Culture is the right choice for you.
You will learn to understand Western culture by looking at how it shapes and is shaped by art, science, technology, media and politics. You will explore the issues of modern society from a variety of perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach (based on philosophy, literature and art studies, history, and science and technology studies) will teach you to understand and frame complex social issues.
You will learn to think analytically, make connections across a variety of perspectives and develop strong argumentation skills. This will make you an attractive employee in a variety of jobs. Arts and Culture graduates work, for instance, as consultants for cultural institutions, policy advisors for governments, journalists and researchers. However, most graduates will opt for a master's degree before they enter the job market.
All teaching materials are provided in English and students are attending English-taught lectures and tutorials. However, the programme will also offer you the possibility to write your exams, papers and BA thesis in Dutch if you are a Dutch-native speaker.
Hind, 19 years old, is born and raised in Italy from Moroccan parents, studied several languages in high school, travelled abroad and moved to Maastricht in August 2019 for the bachelor’s programme in Arts and Culture.
Why Hind chose the bachelor’s programme in Arts and Culture:
“I like to be engaged in communities, sharing knowledge, broadening my view. That’s why I became a member of the European Youth Parliament during secondary school. When I looked at universities and programmes that would suit my interests, Maastricht stood out because it’s very international and the Problem-Based Learning method resembled the format I was already used to in the European Youth Parliament. Arts and Culture is a very interdisciplinary programme, looking at society from many different angles, defining and analysing interconnections. I love the interaction and lively debates in the classroom, because my group is very mixed and therefore brings a lot of different viewpoints to the table. I am also a board member of the African-Caribbean Maastricht University Society (ACMUS) and an active member of EuroTeachers, which aims to increase the general knowledge concerning the EU in secondary schools. Being the first in my family to go to university and to live abroad on my own, I would like to share my experiences and all the skills I’m gaining in this bachelor’s to help other ‘first generation’ students. Here, in the Netherlands, this seems like no big deal but where I come from and especially where my parents come from, this is still extraordinary.”
Are you a prospective student and interested in one of our bachelor's programmes?
We would like to offer you several online resources which can give you a feel of what it is like to study at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and provide you with some answers to questions you might have. You can visit a Virtual Open Day, compare our bachelor's programmes or make an online personal appointment for more information about the programme of your choice. You can also register for one of our Online Experience Days.
Are you curious which of our bachelor’s programmes suits you best? Would you like to know what your career opportunities are after finishing one of our four bachelor’s programmes? Are you still unsure which bachelor’s programme to choose? Below you find a useful tool to compare our bachelor’s programmes in terms of content, student profile, and career prospects.
Are you in the final year of secondary school and are you in the process of admission to one of our Bachelor's programmes? Our UM Campus Tour offers prospective students who wish to start in September 2021 the opportunity to explore the city, our faculty buildings and facilities for students. Discover and learn what it is like to live and study in our vibrant city.
Find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, experience our unique approach to teaching, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Bachelor's Open Day is on 6 November 2021.
What I like very much is the interdisciplinary aspect of the programme; we always look at a given problem in society from different angles
My mother thought Problem-Based Learning would be just my thing
The past 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? We can't give a conclusive answer to all these questions, but we can try to help you as best we can.
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Jette Banning (BA European Studies) and Greta Magnani (BA Arts and Culture) received the Thesis prize 2020.
During the Dies Natalis 2020 two FASoS students were presented with the Bachlor's Thesis Prize.
Interview with Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences alumn Remco Beckers about his job as project coordinator and curator at Bureau Europa.
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