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Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges (BA/BSc)

Global Challenges

LUC's Liberal Arts and Sciences programme is centered around these four Global Challenges: Peace & Justice, Sustainability, Diversity, and Prosperity.

Four Global Challenges connecting to six Majors

What are Global Challenges?

Global challenges are complex issues facing humanity and the planet which often occur together. They cannot be solved by one nation, institution or point of view. Only through interdisciplinary cooperation between academics, governments, organisations and citizens can these global challenges be understood and tackled.

How do they connect to LUC's programme?

LUC offers a Liberal Arts and Sciences programme, and the  characteristic of such programme is that you combine knowledge from different disciplines. The focus of LUC's curriculum is the Global Challenges: Peace & Justice, Sustainability, Prosperity and Diversity. Because these Global Challenges are heavily interlinked, they need to be approached from different disciplines to understand them, making Liberal Arts and Sciences at LUC the best way to do this.

All LUC's courses revolve around one or more of the four Global Challenges. Knowledge and skills need to be combined and shared to address these global challenges collectively and that is what you will do and learn at LUC. By looking at these challenges through the lens of different disciplines you will develop a unique perspective on the world and its issues.

In the first year at LUC, you will gain the basic knowledge you need as the foundation for the rest of your programme by studying each of the Global Challenges. From the second year onwards, you will choose a specialisation (major) to look at the Global Challenges from a specific field of focus.

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