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 SSC department towards major requirements. Social science majors may currently complete requirements with tracks in the following fields:

Methodology Courses

Students must take all methodology courses required for the disciplinary tracks in their majors. In addition students must take two Methods & Statistics (MET) courses. 


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. The Transnational Law Programme is aimed at training students in different national legal systems. 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:

Interim Head of Department
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