Your major

AUC offers majors in sciences, social sciences and humanities. All students choose one of three majors at their time of applying and confirm their choice at the end of their first year of studies.

Areas of study per major

The three majors (sciences, social sciences, humanities) are at the top of the chart in bold, followed by the various concentrations. 

Sciences

Social Sciences

Humanities

Maths Health Literature
Physics Anthropology Film
Earth & Environment  Sociology Philosophy
Chemistry Economics History
Biology Law Culture
Biomedical Political Science Art
Health International Relations Media
Information Environmental
Economics & Policy
 
  Cognition  


What a major consists of

Listed below are the courses necessary to fulfil the requirements per major. Please keep in mind that students must also fulfil the necessary Academic Core requirements (see Academic Standards and Procedures) in addition to electives in order to fulfil all the requirements for the degree. 

Sciences major requirements

  • Ten disciplinary courses in the Sciences
    • At least three of which are at the 300-level
    • At least one Lab Course
  • A 100-level (introductory) theme course in the Sciences
  • A 300-level (advanced) theme course in the Sciences
  • The following methodology courses:
    • Calculus (first year)
    • Linear Algebra or Statistics for Sciences (first year)
  • Capstone

Social Sciences major requirements

  • Ten disciplinary courses in the Social Sciences
    • At least three of which are at the 300-level
  • A 100-level (introductory) theme course in the Social Sciences
  • A 300-level (advanced) theme course in the Social Sciences
  • A choice of the following methodology courses:
    • First year (choose one): Research Methods and Statistics I or Statistics for Sciences
    • Second year (choose one): Basic Research Methods and Statistics II or Qualitative Research Methods or Calculus for Economics (second year)
  • Capstone

Humanities major requirements

  • Ten disciplinary courses in the Humanities
    • At least three of which are at the 300-level
  • A 100-level (introductory) theme course in the Humanities
  • A 300-level (advanced) theme course in the Humanities
  • The following methodology courses:
    • First year: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory
    • Second year: Introduction to Visual Methodologies
  • Capstone

Below you will find links to overviews of all the major courses offered in the academic year 2018-2019.

Choosing courses for your major

Together with your tutor, you will choose 10 courses in your major with consideration to your chosen theme, subjects that interest you and your future ambitions. Your tutor will ensure that the courses you choose are coherent and will qualify you for specific Master's programmes or career paths. 

The major courses you choose are also relevant to one or more of AUC's themes and are designed not only to deepen your knowledge, but also to build your understanding of the relationships between different fields of knowledge. Please note that a theme serves as the background to a major. AUC students major in sciences, social sciences or humanities.

Concentrations and specialisation

Your package of major courses will include a concentration. This means that you will select specific fields of knowledge and 'concentrate' your studies on them, taking a certain number of courses up to an advanced level. This brings coherence to your programme and ensures that you achieve a sufficient depth of knowledge in a specific subject area.

Your choice of major also influences the set of Academic Core courses that you have to complete, with different mathematics and methodology courses for the different majors.

Published by  Amsterdam University College

23 October 2018