Literary and Cultural Analysis (Literary Studies)

The Bachelor's in Literary and Cultural Analysis highlights philosophical, political, and social perspectives on culture. The programme is perfectly suited to students who have an active and broad interest in contemporary culture, literature, and the arts.

Literary and Cultural Analysis offers you the intellectual knowledge and skills to interpret and reflect on literature, art, and popular culture. Central to the programme is the hands-on engagement with concrete objects – novels, films, poems, operas, television series, art installations, websites, performances, and so on. The detailed analysis of those objects is combined with wide-ranging philosophical, political, and social approaches of culture and the arts. In this way, the programme enables you to interpret and evaluate particular texts, images, and objects in relation to larger philosophical explorations and cultural developments.

Top 5 reasons to study Literary and Cultural Analysis in Amsterdam

The programme offers you:

  • Unique, interdisciplinary programme: the degree combines the best of two disciplines – Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature – offering unique philosophical and political insights into art, literature and popular culture;
  • Tailor-made programme: you will be able to combine our core courses with electives in Media Studies, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, Art History and History;
  • Vibrant community with an international outlook: you will be taught by leading intellectuals focused on contemporary global developments in a student community made up or more than 60 nationalities;
  • Springboard to an academic career: the Bachelor's in Literary and Cultural Analysis is the perfect springboard to our Master’s or Research Master’s degrees in Cultural or Literary Studies, allowing you to pursue an academic career leading to a PhD;
  • Gateway to Europe with a village vibe: Amsterdam is modest in size and enjoys one of the lowest costs of living of all European capitals. It offers a uniquely liberal, cosmopolitan, and intellectual environment. Classes take place in the historical city centre. Amsterdam is also the gateway to Europe with Berlin, London, and Paris just a short trip away.
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Is Literary and Cultural Analysis right for you?

Literary and Cultural Analysis is the right degree for you if you have an active interest in contemporary culture, literature and the arts, and if you are fascinated by philosophical and political questions. Prospective students should possess a valid secondary school/high school diploma or Dutch university preparatory education (VWO) diploma, and need to demonstrate a sufficient command of English.

Rankings and reputation

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a world-class education. The BA in Literary and Cultural Analysis is offered by the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA.

  • UvA is ranked 52nd in the world and 1st in the Netherlands in the Arts and Humanities category of the QS World University Rankings 2015.
  • UvA is ranked 45th in the THE Top 100 sub-ranking for the Arts and Humanities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015).
  • UvA is member of LERU (League of European Research Universities), an exclusive network of renowned research universities.
  • UvA is a member of Universitas 21, the network of leading research-intensive universities in the 21st century in 13 countries.

Accreditation and degree

The Dutch government has legally accredited the Bachelor's programme Literary Studies. Upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited Bachelor's degree and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).

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Degree programme
BA Literary Studies
Regular study programme
Full-time, part-time
180 ECTS, 36 months
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