Bachelor in Literary and Cultural Analysis

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Bachelor in Literary and Cultural Analysis

University of Amsterdam

Literary and Cultural Analysis is the right programme for students who have an active and broad interest in contemporary culture, literature, and the arts. The programme highlights philosophical, political, and social perspectives on culture.

Literary and Cultural Analysis offers you the intellectual knowledge and skills to interpret and reflect on literature, art, and popular culture. Central to the programme is the hands-on engagement with concrete objects – novels, films, poems, operas, television series, art installations, websites, performances, and so on. The detailed analysis of those objects is combined with wide-ranging philosophical, political, and social approaches of culture and the arts. In this way, the programme enables you to interpret and evaluate particular texts, images, and objects in relation to larger philosophical explorations and cultural developments.

Study programme

The Bachelor's degree in Literary and Cultural Analysis is a three-year programme worth 180 ECTS. The programme is taught entirely in English.

The programme combines core courses with electives in a wide range of subjects. Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to develop your own ideas and hone your skills through interactive case studies, focused on concrete cultural issues. You are also encouraged to pick an additional minor (in a subject of your choice), learn another language, study a semester abroad or do an internship.

Top 5 reasons to study Literary and Cultural Analysis in Amsterdam

The programme offers you:

  • Unique, interdisciplinary programme: the degree combines the best of two disciplines – Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature – offering unique philosophical and political insights into art, literature and popular culture;
  • Tailor-made programme: you will be able to combine our core courses with electives in Media Studies, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, Art History and History;
  • Vibrant community with an international outlook: you will be taught by leading intellectuals focused on contemporary global developments in a student community made up or more than 60 nationalities;
  • Springboard to an academic career: the Bachelor's in Literary and Cultural Analysis is the perfect springboard to our Master’s or Research Master’s degrees in Cultural or Literary Studies, allowing you to pursue an academic career leading to a PhD;
  • Gateway to Europe with a village vibe: Amsterdam is modest in size and enjoys one of the lowest costs of living of all European capitals. It offers a uniquely liberal, cosmopolitan, and intellectual environment. Classes take place in the historical city centre. Amsterdam is also the gateway to Europe with Berlin, London, and Paris just a short trip away.

Is Literary and Cultural Analysis right for you?

Literary and Cultural Analysis is the right degree for you if you have an active interest in contemporary culture, literature and the arts, and if you are fascinated by philosophical and political questions. Prospective students should possess a valid secondary school/high school diploma or Dutch university preparatory education (VWO) diploma, and need to demonstrate a sufficient command of English.

Rankings and reputation

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a world-class education. The BA in Literary and Cultural Analysis is offered by the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA.

  • UvA is ranked 52nd in the world and 1st in the Netherlands in the Arts and Humanities category of the QS World University Rankings 2015.
  • UvA is ranked 45th in the THE Top 100 sub-ranking for the Arts and Humanities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015).
  • UvA is member of LERU (League of European Research Universities), an exclusive network of renowned research universities.
  • UvA is a member of Universitas 21, the network of leading research-intensive universities in the 21st century in 13 countries.

Accreditation and degree

The Dutch government has legally accredited the Bachelor's programme Literary Studies. Upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited Bachelor's degree and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Career prospects

If you continue your studies with a Master's or Research Master's programme, you can decide to pursue an academic career and obtain a Ph.D. You will conduct research for three or four years and write a doctoral thesis. You must apply for a doctoral position, of which there are a limited number available. Doctoral research is frequently combined with teaching. Many of our graduates work for universities as teachers and researchers, at the UvA, elsewhere in the Netherlands, or abroad.

Of course, there are also other options. As an graduate of this programme, you will have the skills and knowledge required for a great range of intellectual, research, textual, creative, and critical careers. You will have broad knowledge of cultural phenomena and processes, and you be able to to write clear, informative, and well-structured texts. These are all vital skills for the cultural sector, education, journalism, and the commercial sector.

Employment possibilities

In particular, our Dutch students find employment in the following sectors:

  • Cultural institutions: curators or programmers for institutions like De Balie or Perdu;
  • Journalism and media: editors, writers, researchers at national publications, such as De Groene Amsterdammer, NRC, Vrij Nederland, de Volkskrant, Studio Sport;
  • Commercial writing and editing: writers and copy editors for all kinds of businesses requiring textual and linguistic expertise;
  • Publishing: published authors or editors at Boom Amsterdam, De Geus, or Prometheus; one of them has even started his publishing house;
  • Education: teachers at all levels, from primary school to university (please check the specific teaching requirements in your home country).
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 25, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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3 years
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2,006 EUR
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students € 8,250 per year.