Minor study programmes
Take a minor as part of your Bachelor’s programme
A minor is a cohesive set of courses consisting of 30 or 60 credits that you can take in addition to your major, thus enabling you to study another field or interdisciplinary theme in greater depth. Minors are compulsory in a number of Bachelor’s programmes at the UvA.
Who can take a minor?
All Bachelor’s students, including students from other universities, can opt to use their optional subjects towards a minor.
When can I enrol in a minor?
You can enrol in a minor starting in the second or third year of your Bachelor’s programme. A number of minors can be expanded to equal a total of 60 credits. Most minors consist of a package of compulsory and elective courses.
Why take a minor?
A number of Bachelor’s programmes at the UvA require students to choose a minor, but even if your programme does not, it can be very worthwhile to use your optional subjects towards a minor. Compared to individual electives, a minor offers the advantage of a genuine specialism in another area of study. This is especially true in the case of 60-credit minors, which may also enable you to apply to a wider range of Master’s programmes.
Are minors open to Master’s students?
No, you can only do a minor within or alongside your Bachelor’s programme.
Will I receive a diploma on completing a minor?
There is no separate diploma for the successful completion of a minor; however, the minor is specified on the diploma supplement you receive with your Bachelor’s diploma.
Bachelor’s programmes with a compulsory minor
A minor is compulsory in a number of Bachelor’s programmes at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Faculty of Science.
For an overview of all minors offered at the UvA, please consult the UvA Course Catalogue.