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Why study Literary and Cultural Analysis at the UvA?

A unique, interdisciplinary programme  

The combination of cultural studies and comparative literature, offers ways of analysing art, literature, and popular culture in order to contribute to philosophical and sociopolitical discussions.

Study abroad

Take a semester abroad or do an internship.

World-class education

The UvA is ranked 55th in the 2024 QS World Rankings.

Ample freedom of choise

You can combine core course with electives in Media Studies, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, Art History and History.

Is Literary and Cultural Analysis right for you?

  1. You seek freedom of choice and want to combine our core course with electives or a minor programme from across the Faculty of Humanities, for instance in Media Studies, Philosophy, Art History, and Global Arts, Culture and Politics. Or from other faculties like the Social Sciences.  
  2. You would like to study a semester abroad or do an internship. 
  3. It is your desire to engage in multi-faceted and critical engagement with academic and social debates. Therefore you will be taught by committed scholars who collaborate with local partner institutions and are experts in their respective fields of study (i.e. gender studies, decolonial studies, environmental humanities, cultural memory). Our internationally diverse student community brings together insights and experiences from all over the world. 
  4. You want to study in a vibrant and creative European hub where many international students, scholars, and artists meet and collaborate. You can work with and study renowned institutions such as the Amsterdam Museum, the Eye Museum, or the Black Archives, and critically engage with the traces of colonialism, conflict, and resistance in the urban space.
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Discover Literary and Cultural Analysis

In Literary and Cultural Analysis, we study literary texts, film, art, or political speeches and invite scrutiny of the cultural objects we actually deal with daily: youtube clips, tweets, rituals, public demonstrations, photographs, architecture, graffiti, costumes, textiles and so on. Watch our video of a recent case study.

Kalliope Bournias, student
Copyright: Greetje van der Werf
While studying I found my interests shift from literature toward theory; this Bachelor's is very much theory-based – I love it! Kalliope Bournias, student Read the interview

Dutch-taught track 

It is also possible to study Literary and Cultural Analysis in Dutch.

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Facts & Figures
Degree programme
BA Literary Studies
Regular study programme
Full-time, part-time
180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
CROHO code
University Quarter