As electives (your optional course profile), you choose components with a total study load of 60 EC, of which at least 15 EC at level 2.

Your electives consists of:

Tips for your electives


A minor is a set of coherent courses related to the same subject. A minor is usually 30 EC. A minor is a set of 4 courses. A minor is useful as a preparation for a certain master. Are you going to study abroad? If so, you can make the courses you take abroad count as a minor, after approval from the Examination Board. 

Registering for a minor

At the UU, you should always register for both the minor as a whole and the separate courses.

Free courses

You can choose:

Studying abroad

If you choose to study abroad, you need approval of the Board of Examiners for the courses you wish to take. If approved, the credits can count either as optional course package or as free choice. 

At UU, you can choose between over a 100 different minors. A minor is a coherent package of 4 courses that belongs to a different field of study than your major. You can choose a minor

  • because a certain minor is a good preparation or entrance requirement for the Master's programme you want to apply for (look this up!)
  • because you would like to gain more in-depth knowledge in another field of study
  • to raise your social or academic profile

Are you going to study abroad? Then you can count the courses you take abroad as an obligatory UU-minor, after approval of the Examination Board.

How to register for a minor

You register for a minor and the individual modules online via OSIRIS during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. You must register for both the minor itself and each course module individually. Per minor you can find where to go for more information, what the entry requirements are and how to register.

Courses with selected entry

If you wish to register for a course with selected entry (selection committee), you must register for the minor and the individual course modules during the first week of the course registration period. An overview of courses with selected entry will be available on the website one week prior to the course registration period.

Registration study results

Once you have completed the course modules, provided that you were enrolled for both the minor itself and each course module individually in OSIRIS, the minor and study results will be listed on your Study Progress Review.

Deviation standard programme

If you wish to deviate from the standard minor programme, you must request approval from the Board of Examiners of the Bachelor's programme that offers the minor.

Free courses

You can choose:

You also might want to consider learning a new language. It gives you access to primary and secondary sources that you did not have access to before. For example, in addition to the common (school) languages: Italian, Spanish, Celtic Languages, Modern or Ancient Greek, Latin, Arabic or Turkish.