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Honours College FSW

The Honours College of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FSW Honours College) at Leiden University offers students who are looking for an extra challenge the opportunity to follow an Honours Track on top of their regular academic course and learn more about other scientific disciplines.

FSW Honours College offers two different tracks:

  • FSW HC – Science and Society Track

    30 EC interdisciplinary programme for deepening and broadening knowledge, within a community of students.

  • FSW HC – Double Bachelor +

    Combination of two complete Bachelor degree programs, supplemented by an interdisciplinary Honours Class.

For more information check the FSW Honours College website.

Science & Society

Learning outcomes:
1. HC students are familiar with the way different academic disciplines approach and understand certain themes.
2. HC students are capable of asking insightful questions about the interaction between science and society.
3. HC students can design effective solutions by taking up multiple perspectives.
4. HC students have a curious and critical attitude.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Bachelor I (5 EC)

Introduction Science & Society. Students follow an established programme of 5 EC.

Orientation Program Science & Society 000

Bachelor II (15 EC)


Personal and Professional Development for new students of Science & Society and of the Individual track 1
Personal and Professional Development II 1

Elective Honours Modules (Bachelor II)

Students select at least one of the following Honours modules:

Adults and Children in a Polarising World 4
Homo Ludens: our ability to play as foundation for a healthy society 4
Juvenile Delinquency: Prevention and Repression 4
Philosophic Considerations: Human Nature and Moral Progress 4
Journalism and New Media 4
Sustainability and Health 4

Additional electives

In addition to the mandatory courses and the selected Honours module, student select 10 EC from the following electives:

Societal Internship 1 / 5
Research Internship 1 / 5
Honours Class (Honours College FSW) 5
Regular BA course 5
LUC - Course from Leiden University College 5
Honours Lectures 5
Lecture Series 1 / 2

Bachelor III (Mandatory: 10 EC)

In the final year of the Science & Society track, students follow an established programme of 5EC. If students did not take an Honours Bachelor Class in year 2, they must take one in year 3.

Personal & Professional Development III 1
Extension BA Thesis 3
Honours College FSW Science & Society Conference 1
Honours Class (Honours College FSW) 5

Elective Honours Courses (Bachelor III)

Students who took an Honours Class in year 2 can also choose one of the following courses instead of a second Honours Class: (NB: a regular BA course should have a level of at least 400 in year 3).

Societal Internship 1 / 5
Research Internship 1 / 5
LUC - Course from Leiden University College 5
Regular BA course 5
Lecture Series 1 / 2

Double Bachelor+

The Honours College FSW offers a special programme for students with two bachelor’s courses. Beside completing their bachelor’s courses, students are expected to compelte a Honours Class (5 EC).

Applying for the Double Bachelor+ programme is possible till the end of the second year (of the first started study) en if the following requirements are met:

  • The student takes two Bachelor’s courses, one at Leiden University Social Sciences faculty;

  • The student has good grades and is looking for an extra challenge;

  • The student has a nominal study progress for both Bachelor’s courses.

Check the website.