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.
Hi! My name is Ayşe Rana Özsan, I'm 22 years old and I have just begun my third year of the History programme here at the University of Groningen. I came here all the way from Canada and, predictably, I'm in the international track of this programme. I'm an active member of our study association Ubbo Emmius and participate in several committees within the university.
Besides my involvement in the university itself, I enjoy spending time with my friends, learning languages, and travelling as much as I possibly can. That, and befriending the many stray cats wandering about Groningen.
History has always interested me as a subject, because so much of the world around us can only be fully understood when examining the past. I had many other interests before starting university and, in fact, majored in business in 2018. However, when I realized my favourite courses were two electives in History, I knew that changing my programme was the right choice for me.
Hoi! Mijn naam is Bibi Koekkoek, ik ben 23 jaar oud en rond momenteel mijn studie Geschiedenis af. Ik ben actief bij de studievereniging GHD Ubbo Emmius en heb net mijn bestuursjaar achter de rug. Naast studeren en de studievereniging vind ik het ontzettend leuk om te tennissen, muziek te luisteren en af en toe creatief aan de slag te gaan door te tekenen of te schilderen. Dat ik dit jaar studentambassadeur ben, vind ik een erg leuke toevoeging aan dit lijstje!.
Wanneer ik vroeger naar de bibliotheek ging, kwam ik niet alleen thuis met fictieve boeken, maar nam ik ook informatieve boeken mee over geschiedenis. Wat mij toen vooral ontzettend fascineerde was Egyptologie. De jaren daarop is mijn interesse in geschiedenis alleen maar toegenomen. Het is een ontzettend veelzijdige studie waar je je creativiteit vaak goed in kwijt kan! Ondanks dat ik ontzettend getwijfeld heb over wat ik wou studeren, heb ik bij Geschiedenis altijd een goed gevoel gehad. Behalve het feit dat ik geschiedenis ontzettend leuk vind, wist ik ook nog niet (en nog steeds niet helemaal), wat ik in de toekomst wilde doen. Dat vind ik een van de mooie dingen van de studie Geschiedenis. Het is zo breed dat je je goed kan oriënteren en verschillende dingen kan proberen om erachter te komen wat goed bij jou past. Zelfs als je veel verschillende interesses buiten geschiedenis om hebt, valt dit ontzettend goed te combineren. Denk hierbij bijvoorbeeld aan Gender Studies, Internationale Betrekkingen of Filosofie.
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.
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!
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 .