Social Science Major

The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science appear in section 3 of the Academic Rules and Regulations for your cohort. 


Social science majors must take 10 courses within the domain. Social science majors may currently complete requirements with tracks in the following academic disciplines:

Methodology Courses

Students must take all methodology courses required for their courses, thesis, and major: 

  • Major: UCACCMET12 Research in Practice, plus one at level 2 (see options below specified per field of study)
  • Courses: If applicable, methods requirements are stated in individual course outlines under the heading ‘prerequisites’.
  • Thesis: Each Social Science thesis requires a level 2 methodology course (see below). Contact the fellow about exceptions. E.g. if a student with an interdepartmental major has already taken the SCI methodology course UCACCSTA21, discuss if it can replace the courses below.

The methodology course options  for each field of studies are:

  • Anthropology: UCACCMET23 + module 2D or UCACCMET24
  • Economy: UCACCMET22 or UCACCMET23
  • Psychology: UCACCMET22 or UCACCMET23
  • Geography: UCACCMET22 or UCACCMET23 or UCACCMET24
  • Law: UCACCMET23 + module 2D or UCACCMET24 or UCACCMET25
  • Political Science: UCACCMET22 or UCACCMET23 or UCACCMET24 or UCACCMET25
  • Sociology: UCACCMET22 or UCACCMET23 or UCACCMET24

In 2019-2020 the module UCACCMET2D is not on offer.


It is also possible to do a minor in Methods & Statistics (MET).

The following dedicated programs are available within the social science department.

The DDLL programme allows students to pursue both a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree and a Dutch law degree in a combined programme of four years. UCU East Africa intends to expose students to global diversity, connections and challenges, inspiring principles of global citizenship. More specifically, the programme aims at preparing students for work in the area of international development. UCU East Africa also counts as a curriculum enrichment option.

University College Utrecht offers students access to MediaLab and DirectRT to support students working on empirical research projects. Students can also make use of the university's SPSS license. Find more information at about software.

Student representatives assume the role of the “antennas” of their respective track between the students and the department AAO. They are usually students taking courses and majoring in a certain track who will gain as much direct student input on the track and delegate the information to the departmental AAO, fellow or head of department. Due to this role of facilitating communications within the track, student representatives are legitimized and entitled to bringing forth ideas, initiatives and concerns about their track to the fellow and head of department. In the past, these included ideas of a thesis symposium event, track promotion events, new course collaborations with the fellow, and such. 

For the academic year 2019–2020, the Social Science Student Representatives are as follows:

Rhoda Woets


Erwin van Sas

Economics (track coordinator)

Gery Nijenhuis


Diana Odier-Contreras Garduño & Bald de Vries


Kirsten Namesnik

Methods & Statistics

Guus de Krom


Gerard van der Ree

Political Science

Lotte Berk & Christel Lutz


Marco van Leeuwen