Students from the programme share their experiences.
'While studying I found my interests shift from literature toward theory; the Bachelor's in Literary and Cultural Analysis is very much theory-based – I love it!'Kalliope Bournias
'Primarily, the programme entails taking theories about discourse, ideology and power structures, and applying them to cultural objects such as film, books, and television. I really like that we are analysing contemporary culture.'Charlie Taylor
'I chose this programme because I love to read. But I quickly found Literary and Cultural Analysis is about so much more. For instance, I’ve learned a lot about South-African apartheid, gender theory, Plato, and my own personal interest, religion. The programme offers you the space to develop your interests. From the very start, you’re pushed to think harder about stuff than you would normally do. It’s not just about facts. You write essays, present your work in progress, and discuss just about everything.'Alrun Bernhard
Over the course of your studies at the University of Amsterdam, you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy all the cultural, sporting and social activities Amsterdam has to offer. You can join a student association (not to be confused with your degree programme's study association) or play an active role in one of the various bodies representing student interests.
We recommend joining your degree programme's study association at the start of the first year. This will help you with both your studies and social life: you will get to know your fellow students in far less time and participate in activities that relate to your chosen field of study. In many cases, membership also offers practical advantages, such as discounts on study books.
Literary Studies students can also join the Fabula Rasa Study Association. The association organises the sale of study books for first-year students, as well as regular social activities, excursions and study trips.