Are you interested in politics and culture? Do you want to become an expert in the fields of minorities & multilingualism? Or are you interested in a specific minority language? Consider this track!
Voted #1 BA programme at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen in the National Student Survey 2017!
Minorities & Multilingualism is an English taught BA-track.
The courses deal with the political and historical aspects of
minorities and multiculturalism in combination with courses in
linguistics and multilingualism.
Students will become experts in the field of minority groups and multilingualism. We also offer students the opportunity to specialise in one particular minority language. The student can do so by either taking optional courses offered at the University of Groningen (for example specialisation Frisian), courses offered by other higher education institutions in the Netherlands (where a number of minority language modules are taught), or spend a term at a university abroad learning about a minority language situation elsewhere in the world.
Developing the Province's language policy
I work as a policy officer at the Province of Fryslân and my portfolio comprises language, education and literacy policy. As a policy officer I develop the Province's language policy together with my colleagues and help implement it. Political and societal developments have a direct effect on my work. On the one hand this makes the work dynamic and sometimes ad hoc, and on the other it gives you a feeling of involvement with the people of the province.
I came across the Minorities and Multilingualism (Fryske Taal en Kultuer) programme by chance. I was doing the General Linguistics programme and a number of minors at the Frysk Ynstitút. I enjoyed that so much that I decided to do the full programme. After my Bachelor’s degree I did the Master’s in European Literature and Culture and the Master’s in Multilingualism.
Improving the curriculum together
I decided to study Minorities and Multilingualism because I wanted to understand the underlying causes of the difficulties in dialogue between majority and minority groups. So far the programme has helped me develop critical thinking, speaking and writing skills, and has given me all the basic tools I need to analyse the complex reality of minority groups.
What I particularly enjoy is the close contact between lecturers and students, which is made possible by the small scale of the programme. I also had the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities. With other students I founded the study association of the programme and I’m part of the Programme Committee where education issues, such as evaluation of courses, are on the agenda. I think it’s very important that staff and students work together to improve the curriculum.
The opportunity to get to know another culture was one of the reasons I chose to study abroad. And Groningen is the best city to live as a student. The city really makes the effort to get its citizens involved in various activities.
Minorities and Multilingualism is not a program you hear about very often; this makes sense considering how it is focused on aspects which are often overlooked in societies
Hello, my name is Erandi and I am studying Minorities and Multilingualism. I am half Mexican and half Cypriot. In Cyprus I acquired an obsession with reading and writing while Mexico taught me to appreciate the visual arts which is why I love painting. However; I have also spent a few years in Spain which drew me into the world of flamenco and now after thirteen years of dancing I have come to consider this more a part of my identity than a hobby.
Minorities and Multilingualism is not a program you hear about very often; this makes sense considering how it is focused on aspects which are often overlooked in societies. At school my geography teacher taught us that there are around 68 indigenous languages in Mexico; all in danger of being forgotten even though several of their speakers yearn to pass them on to the next generations. I hoped that this program would help me understand how this happens and which are the best approaches for it. I have learned a lot from my study and it has also led me to even more questions which keep me interested.
It is nice to not be a number in the business of education, but a student in the education of the world
'At the risk of getting all 'eat, pray, love' on you guys, I began to better realise my interests whilst travelling around and this manifested into linguistics, sociology and writing. This course hits the nail on the head, with a combination of all of the above.
Of course, going into the programme I had a rough idea of what to expect, but now I am extremely happy with my decision. A big plus for me is the hands on approach teachers have with the students. I feel accountable and contactable. My last tertiary experience was in a really large setting with hundreds of students enrolled in the one course. This is fantastic for some people, but for me, I really appreciate being on a first name basis with lecturers and developing a rapport with everyone involved in my education. Not only that, but the teachers are all up to date with what we are learning across all classes within the course and having such complementary classes enables learning to be a lot more enjoyable and cohesive.
If you are considering an English taught programme in linguistics and have an interest in the sociological impact languages play, then you should really consider this course. It is nice to not be a number in the business of education, but a student in the education of the world.'
I needed a programme that would challenge me
After two years of Applied Law (HBO-Rechten) I needed a programme that would challenge me, one where I could research rather than search. M&M is an interdisciplinary programme that combines anthropology, politics, history, sociology, linguistics and multilingualism. The programme has motivated me to be active, and all the support has made it possible for me to take extra course units, do volunteer work at LGBT organisation COC and the Frisian youth association FYK, serve on the board of DAG (student movement for democratization at RUG), and be chairman of the study association Multi. The small class size makes it possible for the professors and lecturers to focus on individual students and lead an active discussion. Living in Groningen gives a boost to your student life, as it is a vibrant, young and exciting city.
Are you at secondary school and want to know what studying at
university is like? The Minorities & Multilingualism programme
is offering a web class! This online course from the University of
Groningen is specially designed for secondary school
If you are interested in an Minorities & Multilingualism web
This study is also available as a part-time study.