The Faculty of Humanities offers 31 Bachelor’s programmes and over 60 Master’s programmes. The faculty has a student population of approximately 7000 students.
The curriculum of the language Bachelor’s programmes is traditional, yet unique in the Netherlands: the programmes are explicit and focused from start to finish on the respective language and culture. The language Bachelor’s programmes are therefore not tracks within a broader language study programme.
There are three types of Master’s programmes at the Faculty: one-year Master’s (60 ECTS), Professional Master’s (90 or 120 ECTS; selection procedure) and Research Master’s (120 ECTS, selection procedure). In addition, the Faculty also offers the Master’s programme Wijsbegeerte van een bepaald wetenschapsgebied(120 ECTS) and the Master’s programme Conservering en restauratie van cultureel erfgoed (120 ECTS).
A number of programmes are unique in the Netherlands. These include Nieuwgrieks (Bachelor’s programme), Gebarentaalwetenshap, and the specialisation Western Esotericism (part of the study programme Religious Studies).
The Faculty of Humanities is the only Dutch faculty offering a (selective) university study programme Conservation and Restoration (with eight specialisations). Restorers from the Rijksmuseum (State Museum) and researchers from the Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed work together with UvA students and lecturers in the Ateliergebouw (Atelier Building)on the Amsterdam Museumplein (Museum Square).
The faculty honours programme for Bachelor’s students (30 ECTS, selection procedure) takes place during the second and third year. Aside from the faculty honours programme, there is also the honours programme Art and Research, which is offered in partnership with the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
In the second and third year of all Bachelor’s programmes, students can shape the curriculum by choosing electives or minors in accordance with their own interests for a total of 42 ECTS. A broad range of electives can be chosen. A minor is a collection of courses totalling 24 or 30 ECTS. Students can also take minors offered by other faculties.
All Master’s programmes are made up of electives totalling 12 ECTS or more.
Every year about 300 of the Faculty’s students study at a foreign university, while approximately 200 exchange students take courses at the Faculty. Half of the Master’s programmes are taught in English.
The Illustere School offers three types of public events for interested parties hailing from outside of the University: Open UvA Lectures (participants join students in the lecture halls), thematic events and guided tours (in which a subject, exposition or theme is discussed by scholars), and special lecture series (specially developed for a broader public, and provided by humanities scholars).
In addition, the Illustere School also offers three types of refresher programmes: Master’s courses (for secondary education lecturers, especially pre-university education), study courses (shortened Master’s programmes for specific target audiences, such as the study course Redacteur/Editor for publishing staff), and annual refresher courses for alumni.