All faculties offer a 30 EC programme. You can deepen and broaden your knowledge by following an Honours College track either at the faculty where you are doing your bachelor or at a different faculty.
All English-taught tracks can be followed by students from all faculties. The three Dutch-taught tracks (Bèta and Life Science, Medicine and Law) are only open to students from the faculty offering that particular track.
Tracks per faculty
Can our knowledge of the past help us change the future? In the Honours track Archaeology & Society you get to explore this question in multiple ways: you can engage with political topics and heritage from an archaeological perspective, and you can take part in ongoing scientific projects. Courses are taught by international professionals with focus on current issues such as sustainability, urbanisation and global networks. The track encourages students to hone new skills and broaden their academic and societal horizons – including in-depth debates, creative problem-solving, and public outreach. Interdisciplinary approaches are central to the track, which is open to students from all faculties.
Humanities Lab challenges students to cross disciplinary borders whilst working on topical issues such as climate change, the internet, war and peace, colonialism, identity and genetic privacy. These issues are too complex to be handled by any one discipline. In the Humanities Lab, students learn how to switch between conceptual and methodological tools as they focus on different aspects of the problems at hand. You will work in small groups towards improving our understanding of the many different connections involved, whilst pushing towards possible solutions. Humanities can make a real difference here!
Location: The Hague
Current challenges require new thinkers, experts and (public) leaders who can solve crises both at a global and local level. This Honours track aims to teach students how current problems play out in government, science and society, whilst providing them with the skills to tackle these issues, both theoretically (based on academic literature) and practically at a local level. The learning experience is based on interactive activities, such as visits to the European Parliament and other public organisations in Brussels and The Hague, as well as simulation games.
The Honours College track at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FSW) focuses on the interaction between science and society. You will engage with prominent scientists and societal experts, meet students from other disciplines, and work together to find solutions for contemporary social problems. This will increase your awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of a problem. You will expand your knowledge of important issues in society and how these are researched. In doing so, you will develop skills such as initiating dialogue, accessible writing, presenting, collaborating, analytical thinking and carrying out scientific research. In all this, you will work together with bachelor’s students from other disciplines, both within and outside FSW.
The main goal of this track is to prepare you to contribute to tomorrow’s world, based on your own interests and motivations. The starting point is acquiring a deeper knowledge of your own talents and competences, whilst obtaining a broader view of current scientific and social challenges.
There are two possible start dates for your Honours College track:
- In the second semester of your first academic year
- At the start of your second academic year
The duration of your programme will be 2 or 2.5 years, depending on your start date. The programme is so designed that you can follow it alongside your Bachelor’s programme, without falling behind in your studies.
In general, it is possible to combine an Honours College track with other study activities, such as a stay abroad, internship or relevant board position. Discuss the options with your Honours Coordinator.
Upon successful completion of the faculty track, you’ll be awarded an Honours College certificate and have your Honours College credits mentioned on your diploma supplement.