Your major

AUC offers majors in sciences, social sciences and humanities. You choose one of three majors - humanities, social sciences, or sciences - at the end of your first year.

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



Social Sciences


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

Together with your tutor, you put together a coherent package of - depending on your major - 9 to 11 courses in two tracks that you follow during your second and third years, bearing your chosen theme in mind and focusing on the subjects that interest you most.

Your tutor will also help you to make sure your major fits with your future ambitions: if you want to go on to a particular Master's programme, for example, you may need to include certain specific courses in your major.

The major courses are relevant to one or more of the AUC themes, and are designed not only to deepen your knowledge but also to build your understanding of the relationships between different fields of knowledge.

Note that a theme serves as the background to a major: AUC students major in sciences, social sciences or humanities.

N.B. You can choose a Big Question course freely. It is designed to broaden your outlook and stimulate your thinking. For example, if you wish to major in the sciences, it is not strictly necessary to follow 'Big Questions in Science.'

Your major includes:

  • the introductory and advanced courses on your chosen theme
  • 9 to 11 courses (depending on the major)
  • the necessary Academic Core requirements
  • your capstone experience (Bachelor thesis)

Below you can see overviews of all the major courses offered in the academic year 2017-2018.


Your package of major courses must include a ‘concentration': you select specific fields of knowledge and 'concentrate' your studies on them, taking a minimum number of courses up to an advanced level. This brings coherence to your programme, and ensures you achieve sufficient depth of knowledge. The requirements for your concentration depend on your choice of major.

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

Courses offered in each theme may be subject to change.

Published by  Amsterdam University College

14 June 2017