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Humanities Lab

Humanities Lab is the Honours College programme of the Faculty of Humanities. The Humanities Lab is for students from all faculties of Leiden University who want to do more in addition to their regular study programme. The Humanities Lab offers three extracurricular tracks:

  • Expedition (30 EC)
  • Solo (30 EC)
  • Double+

For more information about the Humanities Lab, please visit the website.

Expedition

The Expedition track consists of four components, totalling 30 EC, distributed over 2.5 or 2 academic years.
For the programme overview per semester, please visit the website.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

General module: Humanities Lab 101 (5 EC)

In this course, we jointly focus on the general theme of the Humanities Lab: similarities, differences and connections among the humanities and between the humanities and the natural and social sciences.

Humanities Lab 101 5

Humanities Lab Key and Advanced modules (15 EC)

You choose three elective themes: two key modules and one Advanced module. All elective modules are 5 EC. The themes in this part of the programme comprise intriguing topics such as art and technology, language and politics, culture and climate, narratives and psychology, history and law.

Key Modules

The Contested Past: Dutch Colonialism Now 5
Why We Rule the World, and How 5
War and remembrance 5
Languages, Stories, and Songbirds 5
Art and Literature in a Technological World 5
Language, Power & Identity 5
Things to do with texts 5
Religion and Enlightenment 5
Race and Racism: Asian perspectives 5
French Worldwide: Language, culture, identity 5

Advanced Modules

Art, Ethics and Biotechnology 5
Animals in the Humanities 5
Beyond Sources: What Languages Reveal about the Course of History 5
WikiLogic: How the Internet affects the way we think 5
A Francophone Maghreb 5
The Middle East in the 20th Century: local actors and great power politics 5

Humanities Lab Grand Finale – Closing Module (5 EC)

The Humanities Lab Grand Finale will be a student conference. At this conference, all students will present what they have learned during their Humanities Lab programme. Students who have chosen the Solo track of the Humanities Lab will also participate in the closing module.

Grande Finale: Capstone projects 5

Honours Class

The Honours Academy, which the Humanities belongs to, has a broad selection of Honours Classes: a short series of lectures on diverse topics, mostly in English, given by renowned scholars. In these Honours Classes you work with students from other faculties who are on the Honours track. A complete listing of offerings can be found on the website of the Honours Academy.

Solo

Students who are eligible for the Honours programme and who want to put together their own individualized programme can do so using SOLO.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Prerequisites for a SOLO programme

A SOLO programme consists of 30 EC. SOLO students have to complete at least one Honours Class (5 EC). Additionally, SOLO students also participate in the Humanities Lab joint concluding module (5 EC). This means that students can decide for themselves how to utilize the remaining 20 EC.
SOLO students can put together their own programme. In consultation with the coordinator of the Humanities Lab degree programme the student writes a proposal, and then presents this tot the Board of Examiners of the Humanities Lab for approval.

Elective Courses (20 EC)

There are several options to fill the remaining 20 EC of your solo track:

  • SOLO students can take regular bachelor’s courses, but these courses need to be upgraded to Honours level. Within the Humanities Lab courses are upgraded by requiring a minimum grade: for all regular bachelor’s courses taken as part of a SOLO programme, students must earn a weighted average of 8.0 and at least 7.0 for each individual course.

  • Students can do a research internship for a maximum of 15 EC.

  • A maximum of 10 EC of master’s-level courses can be taken as part of SOLO. For these courses certain requirements may apply.

  • Honours – designated courses: Honours Classes, Leiden University College courses (max. 5 EC), courses offered by the Humanities Lab, courses offered honours tracks of other faculties.

For more information about the Solo track of the Humanities Lab, please visit the following website.

Honours Class

The Honours Academy, which the Humanities belongs to, has a broad selection of Honours Classes: a short series of lectures on diverse topics, mostly in English, given by renowned scholars. In these Honours Classes you work with students from other faculties who are on the Honours track. A complete listing of offerings can be found on the website of the Honours Academy.

Humanities Lab Grand Finale – Closing Module (5 EC)

Grande Finale: Capstone projects 5

Double+

The Double+ track is for students who are taking two complete bachelor programmes. If one of these two programmes is taught within the Humanities faculty of Leiden University, it is possible for the student to receive an honours certificate by completing an extra honours class (5 EC)
For more information about the Double+ track, please visit the following website

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Honours class

The Honours Academy, which the Humanities belongs to, has a broad selection of Honours Classes: a short series of lectures on diverse topics, mostly in English, given by renowned scholars. In these Honours Classes you work with students from other faculties who are on the Honours track. A complete listing of offerings can be found on the website of the Honours Academy.