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

What is Liberal Arts and Sciences?

Perhaps you are completely new to the concept of Liberal Arts and Sciences, or perhaps you are familiar with the Liberal Arts colleges of the United States. So, what actually is Liberal Arts & Sciences, and why has it become so popular in the Netherlands in recent years?

The Liberal Arts and Sciences approach to education is based on the idea that the world is far too complex and interesting to be taught into fixed disciplines and fields. In a Liberal Arts and Sciences programme, you explore various fields of study, such as the sciences, social sciences, and humanities in a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary way. You learn to think along with and move between disciplines, which will help you expand your critical thinking and argumentation skills., This gives you the foundation to make your next moves after graduation with confidence.

As part of your Liberal Arts and Sciences experience, you are encouraged to engage in extra-curricular activities. The combination of studying and living in the LUC building is an essential part of this. The wide range of student-run clubs provide an opportunity to pursue hobbies with friends, to engage in volunteer work around the city,  to run the student bar or to represent the student body in councils, board and committees.

Through studying at LUC, you learn to respond critically and creatively to the flows of a rapidly changing world while drawing on diverse and dynamic perspectives. Socially, you will get an intense and rewarding intercultural experience that facilitates your journey to become a global citizen. Liberal Arts and Sciences is an all-encompassing educational philosophy that empowers you to pursue your chosen career with self-confidence and success.

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