Bachelor in History


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Program Description

Why should we be concerned with the past? After all, aren't we living in the here and now? In the History programme, you will learn that historical studies are not just about the past, but are also about the present: you will use your historical knowledge to understand contemporary events.

You will study history based on all kinds of sources: from original letters to coins and inscriptions and from diplomatic treaties to propaganda images. You will collect and evaluate evidence, which you will then analyze and interpret. These are highly transferable skills.

At Utrecht, we also think that it’s important to put everything into perspective. This means that several - sometimes contradictory - views of the past play a central role.

Two Tracks

In the first year, you will become acquainted with history from antiquity to modern times. From the second year on, you obtain more in-depth knowledge of historical backgrounds and events through our History track. For students who are especially interested in International Relations, we offer an International Relations in Historical Perspective track.

The Thing for You?

From day one, you follow the programme in English: all the compulsory courses and lectures are taught in English and you will also present your ideas and write your assignments and exams in English. Besides that, you have a broad range of interests and are also ready to dig deep. A history student is extremely curious, but you’re not just looking for answers. You want to ask questions and become involved in the social debate. Does this appeal to you? In that case, our BA History programme may be just the thing for you.

Honours Programme

Do you want an extra challenge? For Dutch students, we offer the History honours programme.

Summer School

Do you want to get to know Utrecht already during the summer holidays? Do you want to become familiar with the Dutch language, improve your academic English, or learn more about Dutch culture? The Summer School Utrecht offers more than 200 summer courses in an international environment, attracting over 3000 students from over 120 different countries.

Completion Rate

A total of 88% of all of the first-year History students in Utrecht complete their first year and go on to the second year (class of 2014). The national percentage is 79%. Of the Utrecht students who go on to their second year, 72% earn their diploma within four years (class of 2011). The national percentage of History students earning a degree is 64%.

Evaluation Scores

In the National Student Survey 2016, the History study programme at Utrecht University was evaluated by 188 respondents. They rated the study programme an average score of 4.1 on a 5-point scale. This is in line with the national average for History programmes, at 4.1 with a total of 1,251 respondents.

Career Prospects

Wanted: Historians

After a Bachelor's most students go on to take a follow-on Master’s programme. A Master’s allows you to work in various fields of employment. It all depends on the direction you followed in your specialization.

As a result of the capacity to analyze and present large amounts of complex information, historians are in demand in all kinds of policy and other roles in the public and private sectors. Depending on the choice of a specific Master’s programme, you will also be qualified for employment in special working environments, such as international organizations, museums, archives, and academic institutions for instance. But journalism and education should also be considered.

Opportunities in the Job Market

Of the recently graduated university graduates who took a History degree, 78% of those who earned a Master's were in employment within a year and a half of completing their degree programme.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less