Utrecht University’s BA in History is a three-year degree programme that sums up to a study load of 180 EC (60 EC per year and 1 EC = 28 hours of study load). The Education and Examination Regulations (EER) state exactly which requirements you will have to meet in order to graduate as well as the transitional provisions in case you missed some courses.

For an overview of which courses are part of your exam programme, please check the Course Planner for the exam programme you are part of:

Do not hesitate to contact your tutor or Study Advisor when you need help choosing which courses to do.

Programme Outline

Your curriculum consists of a major (the main part of your curriculum) and electives. The distribution of the number of ECs you will have to obtain for the various components depends on the year you enrolled (and thus the exam programme you are assigned to).

Major

Electives (year 2 and 3)

Core Profiles History

Year 1: core profiles (60 EC)

In your first year, you take two compulsory core profiles of 30 EC each. These core profiles provide an introduction to the key topics, theories and methods of the various specialisations in the History degree programme.

In Core Profile 1 you become acquainted with history as a scientific discipline, you get to know more about historical developments in the 19th and 20th century and you develop a view on history from a global perspective. 

Course overview

In Core profile 2 you deepen your knowledge of 3 different time periods: ancient history, the Middle Ages and early modern history. You also become acquainted with the city as a historical research topic.

Course overview

Specialisation History

Year 2: Specialisation

At the end of the first year you choose a specialisation: a group of four related specialist courses. You take your specialisation courses in your second year, all on level 3. The specialisation you choose relates to either the History track or the International Relations track. Specialisations form the core of the second-year History programme. 

If you wish to add courses from another specialisation to your programme, you may do so as electives. 

Entry requirements

When registering for courses, make sure to check the entry requirements. In case of doubt, please contact the course coordinator, who is mentioned in the course descriptions.

All specialisations are structured the same way:

  • an introductory subject
  • two research seminars and
  • an in-depth case-study module   

Overview specialisation courses

How to enroll in a specialisation?

As a first year student, you register for the first two courses of the specialisation of your choice during the registration period for block 1 and 2. Registration for the specialisation courses in block 3 and 4 takes place in November. Please note that priority rules may apply to some specialisation courses. For these courses, you will need to register during the first two weeks of the course registration period.

For more information: 

Specialisation requirements

  • You must complete one specialisation in its entirety within your Major. It is not possible to replace a course from one specialisation with another course from a different specialisation.
  • If you wish to take courses from another specialisation, you may do so in the electives part of your programme. These courses are taken individually, i.e. you do not need to take the entire profile. 
  • Some courses are offered once every 2 years. If you have attended a course in your second year as part of your specialisation, you can also follow the alternating course in your third year. You can then include these as an elective.
Compulsory electives History

Year 2: compulsory electives

In addition to your specialisation, you also take a writing skills (block 1) and research skills course (block 2) within either the History or International Relations track. In block 3 and 4 you can choose to take courses from other specialisations or take a minor. 

Academic context subjects

The Research Skills course is a replacement for the academic context subjects compulsory electives from outside the History and Art History faculty, and is thus a mandatory part for all students in the History programme.

Which skills courses you will have to do, depends on the specialisation track you've chosen:

  • History track
    In addition to specialisation V1, V2, V3 of V4 you also take:
    • Academic and Professional Writing for Historians (History)
    • Research Skills for Historians (History)
  • International relations track
    In addition to specialisation V5, V6 or V7 you also take:
    • Academic and Professional Writing for Historians (International Relations)
    • Research Skills for Historians (International Relations)

Course overview

Preparatory thesis course History

Year 3: Preparation for your bachelor's thesis

Prior to writing your BA dissertation in the third year, you will take the Theory of History course in which you deepen and broaden your knowledge in the scientific and social context of history. You can take this course in block 1 or 3 in your third year. 

General information

If you wish to deviate from the exam programme mentioned in the EER, you will have to ask the& Board of Examiners for approval in advance. If your request is approved, it will eventually be included in OSIRIS and incorporated into your exam programme and study progress report.

Some subjects have specific prerequisites. The Course Planner lists all of the admission requirements for each subject. If in doubt, ask the course coordinator, whose name is given beside the subject description.

Your study progress report lists all of your current results, and tells you how far along you are in meeting your exam requirements in order to graduate. You study progress report sits in OSIRIS on the tab Progress. See this example (pdf, in Dutch) for an elaborate explanation on the Study Progress Report.

You attend courses on 3 different levels, which increase in difficulty:

  • level 1 - introductory
  • level 2 - elaborating 
  • level 3 - advanced

Study load

Your study load is calculated in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).  One EC or study credit equals 28 hours of study. The courses of a bachelor's programme usually have a study load of 7.5 EC, i.e. 210 hours of study. As a full-time student you normally take 8 courses per academic year, earning you 60 EC. This means that the entire 3-year bachelor's programme is 180 EC in total.

In short

1 EC = 28 hours of study load
1 course: 7,5 EC * 28 hours = 210 hours
1 year: 8 courses of 7,5 EC = 60 EC
Entire programme: 3 * 60 EC = 180 EC

Questions?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Student Desk.