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The Faculty of Humanities offers a wide range of programmes in areas such as, among others, languages, literary studies, cultural studies, media studies, philosophy, history and heritage. If you would like to obtain a second specialisation next to your major, you can choose one of our minors.

A minor at the Faculty of Humanities is comprised of 30 ECTS credits and will award you with a second competence as well as a notation on your degree certificate appendix. In many cases, completing a minor will increase your chances of being accepted into a Master’s programme. The courses are scheduled over the course of one academic year: 18 credits will take place in the first semester and 12 credits will take place in the second semester. The advice is to take your minor during your third year of study, when there is usually enough space in the study programme.

Entry requirements

Our minors are open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. Our minors are also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. Our minors are not open for enrolment to Master's students.


Do you already know which minor you would like to do? Check out the list of minors. You can also check out the Course Catalogue.

Enrol in a minor

The registration period for a minor in the 2024-2025 academic year will start on Tuesday 14 May and end on Monday 17 June 2024. 

Several minors have reached the maximum number of students. For a limited number of minors, post-registration will take place in August. Would you like to be notified about this or would you like to start a minor in 2025-2026? Then leave your email address here.

Applying for a Master’s programme

A minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for a Master's programme. However, in many cases there are additional entry requirements. Always check if you meet the entry requirements on the Application & admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

If you are a student from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) and you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes.

Tuition fees

Non-UvA students are not required to pay tuition fees for a minor, provided they pay the statutory tuition fee at their own institution. The UvA requires confirmation of this in the form of a Tuition Fee Payment Receipt from your institution.

If you have not paid the statutory tuition fee at your institution, different rules apply. More information is available on the UvA Minors page.


Central Student Service Desk

The Central Student Service Desk is the first point of contact for general questions about studying at the UvA. Please contact them with regard to questions about choosing a programme, enrolment, student grants and loans, and living and studying abroad.

Education Desk

If you have specific questions regarding your minor, please contact the Faculty of Humanities Education Desk.