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

Programme structure

LUC The Hague allows students the flexibility of creating their own curriculum based on their major of interest while providing guidance and support through academic staff.

Programme outline

The English taught programme at LUC takes three years to complete and in those three years you need to obtain 180 credits also known as ECTS. The LUC programme consists of the following components:

A year consists of 2 semesters with 2 blocks each. Each block is 8 weeks long with an estimated workload of 52 hours (12-14 contact hours) per week. Each block ends with a reading week, which is reserved for your final exams and research projects.

At the end of each block, there is either a fall, winter or spring break. Students are assessed on a continuous basis, meaning that multiple forms of grading and assessments are used creating a dynamic learning experience.

In your first year, you follow introduction courses to the four core Global Challenges of the programme: Peace & Justice, Sustainability, Prosperity, and Diversity. The four mandatory Global Challenge courses expand your perspectives and teach you interdisciplinary thinking by introducing you to several fields of study. These courses may also help you in choosing your study specialization or major at the end of your first year.

The first year includes other general education courses that help you develop your academic skills and that build a good foundation for your studies including subjects such as academic writing, mathematics and history of philosophy. In your first year you get to choose four elective courses of which one counts towards your major.

The flexibility of the programme from your first semester on allows you to combine different academic disciplines creating your own unique field of academic expertise. Students will declare a major after their first year.

Your academic year consists of 4 blocks of 8 weeks each. There is a long winter break in which our students can go home as well as a long summer break for our students to do an internship, summer school, or travel home. Because we use continuous assessment you will not be working towards one big testing moment, instead you will have to do group assignments, write papers, give presentations and prepare for written exams throughout the block.

In your second year, you mainly follow courses within your chosen major. There is also space to choose elective courses outside of your major, courses as part of a Minor or to work on the Global Citizenship component.

Each major is made up of 3 or more tracks that contain core courses that will further develop your knowledge and skills. These tracks allow you to develop further within a certain topic or subject in the major. Check out which majors LUC offers here.

In your third and final year, you continue with your major courses and Global Citizenship component. There is an option to study abroad for a semester or to do an internship. You end your third year by writing a Capstone project/thesis; a final piece of independent research in which you apply the subject knowledge, academic, analytical, and methodological skills you have acquired during your studies. All capstone projects are carefully supervised by our research-active academic staff.

Apart from the Year 1 elective courses, there is an additional electives component. You can use this elective space to take a Minor. A Minor provides the opportunity to specialise in fields additional to your major. LUC offers several Minors but you can also follow a pre-structured Minor at Leiden University or another university. In the LUC e-prospectus you can read more about the following Minors offered at LUC.

  • Social and Business Entrepreneurship
  • Psychology
  • Gender Studies
  • Journalism
  • Languages
  • Philosophy

LUC offers excellent students the exciting and challenging opportunity to experience living and studying in another country as an integrated part of their academic programme. The credits obtained during the study abroad semester count towards the degree. In addition to participation in the university-wide schemes, LUC has its own unique exchange agreements with a selected group of universities and colleges such as Macalester College, Sciences Po Paris, Bocconi University, Australian National University, National University Singapore, National Taiwan University, Rykkio University Tokyo, Yonsei (South Korea) and more.

LUC students will also have the opportunity to do an internship for credits during or after their studies and benefit from the many international organisations, institutions and embassies in the area of The Hague

The Global Citizenship component offers students various options to develop their cross-cultural communication and reflection skills, and increase their appreciation of cultural and social diversity. This can be done by learning another language, participating in a community project, or by taking classes on citizenship and urban studies. Each path aims to increase the understanding of and communication with people from other cultures.

  • Community Project: a ‘service-learning’ course with the hands-on experience of tutoring pupils from a multicultural society on a local secondary school.
  • Struggle in the City: a teaching/research/out-reach project, exploring the multidimensional nature and experience of poverty, vulnerability and struggle in the city of The Hague.
  • The College Project: individual and group research projects aimed at informing pedagogical and institutional practice at LUC by studying the history and politics of higher education.
  • Field course in Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Language course in Arabic, French, Spanish or other languages

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