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The Liberal Arts and Sciences programme offered by University College Groningen will provide students an academic degree with a genuinely interdisciplinary outlook, freedom of choice and a collaborative and guided approach to learning in a stimulating and globally challenging environment. Our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme offers students the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects whilst developing specialist knowledge in their major discipline (Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences). Throughout the degree students will work in interdisciplinary teams on a series of projects that take them outside of the classroom. This will enable students to learn how to apply a creative approach in finding solutions for complex global challenges.

Overview of our academic programme
Overview of our academic programme

Liberal Arts and Sciences at UCG in a nutshell

Year 1

Your first year provides you with basic skills in planning and conducting (interdisciplinary) research, as a part of our Research and Methodology learning line. All students  take the courses ‘Academic Skills’ (5 EC) and ‘Introduction to Academic Research’ (5 EC) and then select a discipline-specific research methods course of their choice. The theme for this year is Creating Horizon, and students explore the multidisciplinary fields of the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities starting in semester one with Challenges of Modern Society as well as two LAS electives. These electives introduce you to interesting societal issues and at the same time give a flavor of the majors. Tutor meetings help you consider courses and reflect on ‘the bigger picture’ of your LAS programme. Last but not least, you will conduct your first (5 EC) project in year one.

Year 2

In year two, which focuses on Scholarship, you continue the Research and Methodology line by gaining more specialized knowledge in the methods of your choice. All students take Philosophy of Science, offering students opportunities to discuss, explore and reflect on histories, perspectives and methodologies in the different disciplines. Many students will have discovered an area of interest that can be pursued within a major or specialization, and students take seven electives from the majors. In the second year, research-based project, students will apply both methods as well as knowledge gained from the electives in a 10 EC project.

Year 3

The theme for year three really is Leadership. You will consider life after UCG (Master’s degree? A job? A traineeship?) and which courses and activities will help you develop your academic and personal profile best. In semester 1, you may choose to do a University Minor, a Personal Minor or Study Abroad. The Minor can help you ‘bulk up’ your profile within a discipline (if required to access a Master programme),  or provide more breadth by exploring different disciplines or explicitly societal issues such as the Minor Public Health, or Gender and Diversity in Science, Society and Culture, to name a few. In semester 2, you will further develop and finalise your Major by taking a Capstone course, working on your Bachelor thesis and carrying out your third year project in collaboration either with UCG students or societal partners.

Planning of the three year bachelor programme
Planning of the three year bachelor programme

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