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Cultural Analysis


The minor in Cultural Analysis offers you the opportunity to expand your bachelor's with courses that focus on the interdisciplinary, theoretical, and critical study of contemporary culture. The minor in Cultural Analysis offers you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with a range of cultural theories across the humanities and social sciences.

From the 1960s onwards, Cultural Studies opened up the traditional objects of the Humanities to social, political, and philosophical questions; moreover, it introduced objects from popular culture, subcultures, working class and minority cultures. Cultural Analysis continues this project into the 21st century, by addressing issues of gender, class, ecology, new media, ethnicity and posthumanism.  

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. 

  • Contested Critical Histories
    Period 1
  • Twentieth-Century Theory and Its Afterlives
    Period 2
    Period 3
  • What’s Going On? Emerging Trends in Cultural Analysis
    Period 4
  • Living On: How to survive the 21st Century armed only with a Humanities degree
    Period 5
UvA Course Catalogue: Cultural Analysis

Master's programme

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme in Comparative Cultural Analysis or the two-year Research Master's Cultural Analysis or Master’s programmes across the humanities.

Always check the entry requirements on the Application & admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

Entry requirements

This minor is 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. 

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


It is no longer possible to register for this minor in the academic year 2023-2024.

Facts & Figures
30 ECTS,
Language of instruction
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