The reality in which we live today is complex. There are different ways to understand this and contextualize this complexity. An important way to reach that understanding is by studying history. Knowledge of the past helps us to put our own society in perspective, answers questions about why the world is the way it is: how today’s political situation has come about, what lies behind the poverty that still exists in large parts of the world, and why we think the way we do.
GOAL OF THE MINOR
To develop a better understanding of the world today, it is necessary to study long-term historical developments. This is why the minor in History covers the period from Antiquity to the present day. Not only do we study the background and historical context of the most recent periods of history ((Early)modern History and Contemporary History), but we also focus on the earlier periods (Ancient and Medieval History), in which the foundations of our current society were shaped.
Preparing for a Master's programme
This Minor is a good preparation for the following Master's programmes:
- Cultural History of Modern Europe
- History of Politics and Society
- Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The History minor constists of 4 courses.
Students who major in History (BA History or BA Geschiedenis) are not allowed to take this minor.