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Literary and Cultural Analysis (Literary Studies)

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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.

Exploring literature, the arts, and popular culture

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 these objects is combined with wide-ranging philosophical, political and social approaches to 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.

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.

75 first year students

International classroom

Ranked 3rd in Continental Europe in the QS World Rankings


Tailor the programme to your interest

Ample freedom of choice


Vibrant and creative European cultural hub

Is Literary and Cultural Analysis right for you?

Literary and Cultural Analysis the ideal programme for you if:

  • You have an active interest in contemporary culture, literature and the arts.
  • You are fascinated by philosophical and political questions.
  • You have a qualified pre-university diploma – a valid secondary school/high school diploma or Dutch university preparatory education (VWO) diploma.
  • You can demonstrate a good command of the English language.
Copyright: Greetje van der Werf
While studying I found my interests shift from literature toward theory; the LCA programme is very much theory-based – I love it!  Kalliope Bournias, student Literary and Cultural Analysis Read the interview

Why study Literary and Cultural Analysis at the UvA?

  • A world-class education: the programme is ranked 3rd in Continental Europe and 41st overall in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021. The UvA is ranked 55th in the 2021 QS World Rankings and is one of two Dutch universities in the top 100.
  • The opportunity to study in Amsterdam, a vibrant and creative European hub with a rich literary and cultural heritage.
  • A unique, interdisciplinary programme: the degree combines the best of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, offering philosophical and political insights into art, literature and popular culture.
  • A tailor-made programme: you will be able to combine our core courses with electives in Media Studies, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, Art History and History;
  • A vibrant community with an international outlook: you will be taught by leading intellectuals focused on contemporary global developments in a student community comprising more than 60 nationalities.
  • After completing your Bachelor's, you can apply to one of the UvA's many Master's programmes.
Literary and Cultural Analysis Brochure

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Degree certificate

Literary and Cultural Analysis is an accredited degree programme of Literary Studies. Upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited Bachelor's degree in Literary Studies and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme BA Literary Studies
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 56802
Location University Quarter