Arts and Culture

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.

Information for Dutch-speaking students

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.

More information for Dutch-speaking students



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  • What I like very much is the interdisciplinary aspect of the programme; we always look at a given problem in society from different angles
    Jeska Onderwater (The Netherlands), Arts and Culture
  • My mother thought Problem-Based Learning would be just my thing
    Vivian van Slooten (20, Netherlands), Arts and Culture


  • Elsevier ranking

    Three FASoS education programmes first place in Elsevier Ranking 2018

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    In the Elsevier Best Studies 2018 ranking, the bachelor’s programmes European Studies and Arts and Culture and the research master's programme Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) ended up first in their category.

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  • FASoS student prizes Dies natalis 2018

    FASoS students receive thesis prizes during Dies Natalis 2018

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    During the annual Dies Natalis of Maastricht University 2018, four FASoS students received a prize for their bachelor’s/master’s thesis.

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  • Justine Camps Erasmus prize

    FASoS students win Erasmus prize

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    This year's Erasmus prize was awarded to three FASoS students.

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    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      “For me as a teacher the small-scale aspect is very rewarding. In such an environment you are able to focus on each student’s individual needs. You get to know them, you can optimise their learning strategy and offer help where help is needed. I love it when I see my students grow and witness their development. It’s easy to keep in touch after their graduation, obviously starting with the ones who stay on at UM for a PhD or who work at think tanks or EU institutions in Brussels. In the end you are all part of this special little club. This bond is quite unique and can prove very helpful throughout our students’ careers. It’s something I cherish.” - Read the entire interview with Dr Giselle Bosse here:

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      Thank you for helping us to spread the love today FASoS students! 🌹👏🏻💕

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      Our second story today is the one of Anni and Wiebke. Two best friends who also met each other at FASoS! 💕 “Wiebke and I initially met in one of the very first courses, Academic Research and Writing year 1 period 1 of the BA ES. I didn't think much of her in the beginning honestly: just another of many freshly hatched Abitur-graduates from Germany like myself, and quickly formed other friendships. Then something changed. I can't pin-point it, can't really remember it. For some reason, I began hanging out with Wiebke more often. Wiebke is a Gemini through and through: Her passion for international relations matches her love for baking. She greets every morning with a fierce determination to get one step closer to graduation. Once she arrives home, she unquestioningly prepares dinner for me at my mere mention that I am still at the library, and ravenously hungry.
      When a room in my house became vacant it seemed that we were meant to expand the boundaries of our friendship. I think of us now as a platonic team, seemingly as strong as any romantic relationship. We share more than just four walls now. She cooks for me, I save her from spiders on her balcony. She welcomes me to her parents' home for Christmas, I read over nearly all of her papers before submission. She reminds me of deadlines, I surprise her with Glühwein in her kitchen cabinet. We're there for each other as concert companions, shopping advisers, window washers, study buddies. This Valentine's Day I want to take the opportunity to thank Wiebke for her consistent and nurturing friendship. At times, I still don't understand you. Where does your seemingly unnatural excitement for Kitchen Aids originate from? Why do you know so much about coal mining? When will you stop romanticizing Christmas?! I am looking forward to many more years of friendship to find the answers to these questions.” – Anni Schleicher, BA European Studies student

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