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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.

Ben je nieuwsgierig naar de samenhang tussen heden en verleden? Wil je je verdiepen in de achtergronden van historische gebeurtenissen? Dan is deze opleiding iets voor jou .

Tijdens de bacheloropleiding Geschiedenis zoek je naar verklaringen voor ontwikkelingen in het heden en het verleden. Ook leer je hoe verschillende gebeurtenissen met elkaar samenhangen. Je durft diep te graven en stelt kritische vragen.

De opleiding duurt drie jaar. In het eerste jaar krijg je een overzicht van de geschiedenis van de Oudheid tot nu en bestudeer je de Nederlandse geschiedenis. In het tweede jaar onderzoek je de geschiedenis aan de hand van thema's, zoals economische en sociale geschiedenis, politieke cultuur en cultuurgeschiedenis. In het derde jaar verdiep je je kennis, onder andere met een college over geschiedtheorie. Je rondt de opleiding af met een scriptie. Als geschiedenisstudent kun je een deel van je programma zelf samenstellen.

Naast het Nederlandstalige onderwijs kun je in de bachelor Geschiedenis kiezen voor de International Track, waarin het onderwijs volledig in het Engels aangeboden wordt. Je kunt de bachelor Geschiedenis zowel in voltijd als deeltijd volgen. Er is echter geen apart deeltijdprogramma. Specialiseren doe je in de masterfase.

You are interested in the past and the present and you're a bookworm with a wide range of interests and a passion for writing. In addition, you are ambitious, critical and determined, with lots of self-discipline. If you can identify with this, then History is the programme you're looking for!

Heb je belangstelling voor heden en verleden, ben je een boekenwurm, breed geïnteresseerd en zeer schrijfvaardig? Ben je daarnaast ambitieus en kritisch, heb je doorzettingsvermogen en zelfdiscipline? Dan is Geschiedenis echt iets voor jou!

More about this programme
  • Testimonial of Student Afke Berger

    'Form your own opinion about the programme, like a true historian!

    Before studying history, I started on a psychology degree in Groningen. After a year I knew I'd made the wrong decision. I realized that I wasn't so much interested in the development of individuals as in the development of groups, of society. I went to information days about all kinds of social studies: sociology, political science, international relations and... history!

    I made a conscious decision to study in Groningen, as the history programme here spends has a huge focus on the contemporary period. History gives you plenty of choice, both in the course units and in the subjects for your research. In my first year, for example, I looked into the story of a Jewish girl who lived in Haren, but was suddenly forced to flee. I interviewed her former next-door neighbour, immersed myself in the archives and phoned distant relatives abroad. It looks as if my first ever history research project is to get a follow-up next year to mark the 65th anniversary of the Liberation. It’s going to be published in a book by Stichting ‘40/’45. There’s loads more I’d like to say but I don’t think you should choose your programme from a leaflet. It’s much better to spend a day in the Faculty, look at some books and ask questions. The main thing is that you form your own opinion, like a true historian!

    – Student Afke Berger
  • Testimonial of Ellbrich Offringa

    I think History is a programme that helps you to develop as a person

    Before starting History this year, I spent a year at the pop academy in Leeuwarden. I certainly don’t regret it; I had a funky year! But I soon realized that my interests were a lot broader than that, so after several information days, I ended up in Groningen. This isn’t just a great city for students. The History degree programme here also has a very good reputation.

    I think it’s a programme that helps you to develop as a person; it’s certainly the best programme there is for broadening your knowledge and improving your analytical skills. I didn’t find the transition from secondary school to university difficult. The course work is harder and there’s more pressure, but if you’re well motivated and just get on with it, History is very doable! My ambition is to get into the journalism side of history, but that might change. I’d advise prospective students to be receptive to new experiences, enjoy their time at university and make sure they’re properly informed!

    – Ellbrich Offringa
  • Testimonial of Marit Berends

    Marit Berends talks about her placement at the University Museum

    – Marit Berends
  • Testimonial of Fleur Albers

    History was always my favourite subject at secondary school

    History was always my favourite subject at secondary school so I soon came up with the idea of studying History.

    After going on taster days in Groningen, Utrecht and Nijmegen, I knew that it had to be Groningen! The main reason was the vibe I got from both the programme and the university. I’m particularly interested in contemporary history, and the major part that Groningen lets this aspect play was an important factor in my decision. And of course, Groningen is a fantastic city for students!

    – Fleur Albers
  • Testimonial of Pim Schievink

    If I can keep my marks up, I'd like to do a Research Master's after my Bachelor's programme

    My name is Pim. I’m from the small Groningen village of Meeden, but from the start of the second year at university onwards, I’ve lived in the most beautiful city in the Netherlands: Groningen. My big hobby is football, which I play at a fantastic student football club called GSVV The Knickerbockers. I also enjoy going out with friends, hanging out and having a drink with them. Since the start of my second year, I’ve been active in the History study association GHD Ubbo Emmius. I also work at the Martinikerk, the most Gronings spot in Groningen.

    Read more about Pim and why he chose to study History in Groningen.

    Question? Send Pim an email.

    – Pim Schievink
  • Testimonial of Iris Leussink

    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.

    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.

    I am pretty certain I want to become a researcher or to work to promote women’s rights. I would also love to go abroad as much as possible to gain a taste of life in different parts of the world. For this, I’m really looking forward to the studying abroad minor or internship minor in the 3rd year.

    – Iris Leussink
Facts & Figures
BA in History
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Course type
Language of instruction
English (50%), Dutch (50%)
36 months (180 ECTS)
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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 .

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