Have you ever thought about what connects the past with the present? And would you like to learn more about the background to various historic events? If so, this is your programme!
As a student in the international track of the Bachelor's degree programme in History, you search for explanations of events that took place in the past and are still relevant today. You learn about the connections between various developments, and you're encouraged to dig deeper and ask critical questions.
The programme takes three years. In the first year, you are given an overview of history from Antiquity to the present day, and you study Dutch history. In the second year, you examine history on the basis of various themes, such as economic and social history, political culture and cultural history. The third year, which includes a course unit on the theory of history, is used to deepen your knowledge. Your Bachelor's programme is rounded off with a thesis. As a history student, you are free to compile part of the programme yourself.
You can study for a Bachelor's degree in History on a full-time or a part-time basis, but there is no specific part-time programme. All classes in the international track of the History programme are in English.
History was one of my favourite subjects in secondary school. It suited me perfectly because it was so wide-ranging. I like to try a bit of everything, which is why I decided to study History. I was 18 when I left Enschede for Groningen, because the University of Groningen offered a degree programme in Journalism. In the end I decided to stick with History, although I did follow as many electives as I could on photography, film and television.
The most important thing I learned in my studies that I still use today is the ability to select core issues. As a reporter with the ‘Jackals’, I try to find current, moving and funny stories. I am always looking for news. Genuine curiosity, that is what all History students have in common. To prospective students I would like to say: When choosing your degree programme, get to know yourself first! Ask yourself what you enjoy most!
Since my childhood I have always been fascinated with the past
My name is Reinder Klinkhamer, I am 20 years old and I just started my third year studying History. Two years ago, I moved from Meppel (a small town in South-West Drenthe) to Groningen to study here. Besides my hobbies (medieval re-enactment and playing the accordion), I am also active in the study association GHD Ubbo Emmius. Last year, I also started the following a course on 16th and 17th - century writing and Russian language proficiency courses. I’ve become more active within the History program this year as I am part of the program committee the second year running as well as working as a student mentor.
Since my childhood I have always been fascinated with the past, playing king, knight, or pirate. My later hobby of re-enactment certainly intensified my interest. It hence comes as no surprise that from high school on, I planned to become a History teacher. After successfully completing the History course web classes offered by the RUG and having participated in the matching day I knew with certainty that I wanted to study History.
On the History programme you learn to view present and past problems from different perspectives.
History is a broad programme that you can tailor to your own interests. This freedom of choice is the reason that I decided to study History. My interest lies in contemporary history, and most of my course units are international in outlook. I don't think it's possible to understand contemporary problems without knowing their history. On the History programme you learn to view present and past problems from different perspectives.
Alongside my studies, I have served on a number of committees and served for a year on the board of the study association for History students. Not only was this great fun, it was also a great learning experience and of real benefit to my student career. In that period I acquired a number of skills that will be most valuable in my future career. In the History programme there are numerous opportunities to further challenge yourself. You can follow a minor of your interest or do a placement. I am going to study in Mexico for six months. As long as you make an effort, you will have loads of opportunities.
In Groningen, the curriculum offers a lot of room for specialising in and focussing on the fields you are interested in
Hey there! My name is Iris, I’m 20 years old and a second-year History student. I follow the international track of the History programme, so I do all my courses in English. I am originally from Utrecht, but now I live together with two of my friends in Groningen. Next to my university course I am also part of the Honours programme, and I am quite active in the History study association, GHD Ubbo Emmius, where I am currently in the Study Committee. I also really like sports, in the last year I have really enjoyed running, playing beach-volleyball, and swimming. Lastly, I work as a student ambassador so I can give aspiring History students information about what studying History in Groningen is all about.
I’m sure I’m not the only one that has been all over the place in the process of determining what I wanted to study. To give you an illustration of my struggle in figuring things out; over the years I have considered Business/Management, Political Science, Linguistics, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. In the end, after attending many orientation events, I stopped asking myself which path would be the most profitable, and started asking myself “what do I like to study the most?” And the answer was History (and English, I wasn’t that decisive yet). But there are many reasons beyond that as to why I chose to study History. Other interests of mine are gender studies and international relations, which I thought would both work really well combined with History, which luckily turned out to be the case! In that sense, History is a rather broad subject. You can specialise in countless subfields (e.g. cultural history, political history), eras (e.g. the Hellenistic period, the Late Middle Ages), and areas. In Groningen, the curriculum offers a lot of room for specialising in and focussing on the fields you are interested in, which really attracted me to the programme. Next to that, I found that studying History offers a wide variety of job prospects; whether you want to make a career as a researcher, politician, teacher, or whether you want to work for a national government, international organisation, or company, studying History will be a good start to any of those careers, and many more.
Pupils in pre-university education who are keen to find out what university is all about can follow a web class in History. A web class is an online course offered by the University of Groningen for pupils in the 5th and 6th years of pre-university education. The course involves ten study hours, which serve as an introduction to History. You read texts, do assignments and hold discussions with other prospective students and a lecturer.
If you are interested, sign up for the web class .