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Dutch Studies

This is an interdisciplinary minor aimed at Exchange and SAP-students who don’t speak Dutch and who are not enrolled as regular students in the BA programme Dutch Studies.
The objective of this minor is to acquire insight into Dutch culture and society and to obtain an overview of art history of the Netherlands, national history, Dutch literature, and the position of the Netherlands in the European Union.


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Eerste semester

Introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands - Cultuurwetenschap I 10
History and Economics of European Integration 5

Tweede semester

Culture and Society of the Netherlands: An Inside View 5.0/10.0
Highlights of the Literature of the Netherlands 5
Introduction to the History of the Netherlands 5

Keuzeruimte 15 punten

Sommige opleidingen hebben enkel een keuzeruimte van 15 studiepunten. In deze ruimte kunnen vakken van een minor gevolgd worden. Er zit een opbouw van niveau in een minor dus je kunt niet zomaar vakken kiezen. Elke minor biedt daarom ook een pakket van 15 studiepunten aan, de helft van de complete minor. Meer informatie hierover vind je in de e-Studiegids.
Op deze manier 15 studiepunten aan keuzeruimte invullen staat echter niet gelijk aan het volgen van een minor en mag ook niet zo genoemd worden.

Studenten die deze variant kiezen volgen:

  • Introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands A & B

  • The History of the European Union

Het staat je natuurlijk vrij om meer studiepunten te halen dan de verplichte 180 studiepunten die voor een bacheloropleiding staan, dat wil zeggen dat je wel een 30 studiepunten tellende minor kunt volgen als je bereid bent 15 studiepunten meer te halen dan je nodig hebt.

Meer informatie over de keuzeruimte en een persoonlijke invulling hiervan vind je op de pagina over Keuzeruimte.

Meer info

In terms of land area, the Netherlands may be a small country; nonetheless it has played an important role in world history. In the 17th century, the Netherlands was an empire. This was the era of Rembrandt and Vondel, the time of the Dutch Republic and the colonial expansion which led to Dutch settlements in Asia and North and South America. For centuries, both Dutch literature and Dutch society have looked back nostalgically on this glorious century. The heritage from this period is still apparent in the distribution of the Dutch language. Although, with its twenty-three million native speakers – sixteen million in the Netherlands and seven million in Flanders – it does not qualify as an ‘important’ language, it is still the language used in schools and government in Suriname, Aruba and the Dutch Antilles. In addition, the Dutch language has spawned a daughter language, Afrikaans, one of the official languages of South Africa, spoken by approximately six million people.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the fame of the Netherlands diminished somewhat, but in the last quarter of the 19th century, the country began to blossom once again, and since World War II, it has evolved into a fast-growing and highly developed country both industrially and technically, that attracts many immigrants. The Netherlands was also one of the founders of the EU. Nowadays, the Netherlands is a dynamic, multicultural society, that still practises to this day, a tolerant, but more importantly, pragmatic policy, despite the tensions and changes of recent years.

The minor in Dutch Studies offers a coherent interdisciplinary programme on Dutch history, art history, literature, modern-day Dutch society and the position of the Netherlands in the European Union.

Credits: 30 ects
Aimed at: all international students except regular Dutch Studies students
Language: English
Coordinator: Prof. dr. O.J. Praamstra
Information: Ms I. Zagar
Registration: from May 1 until August 15 via uSis

Number of participants: Track 1: 5 students, track 2: 10 students