Why study Double Degree Economics and Philosophy

Together, Erasmus School of Economics and Erasmus School of Philosophy offer a Double Degree program in Economics and Philosophy. Are you interested in issues relating to economics and business, but do you also aim to develop a broader academic horizon? Then a double degree in Economics and Philosophy or Econometrics and Philosophy might suit your interests very well. Students in this program obtain two degrees in four years: a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy.

On the one hand, the economics part of the program aims to prepare you on your way to becoming truly internationally minded with great abilities to analyze and solve problems in the field of economics and business.

On the other hand, you will develop philosophical skills such as logical reasoning and the ability to express yourself clearly in writing. You will learn about philosophical problems and ethical issues, and you will gain knowledge about the history and basic assumptions of the academic discipline of economics.

Career opportunities for Double Degree Economics and Philosophy

Having two bachelor degrees increases your employability in almost every sector and gives you a head start when searching for a job. Your background in philosophy will provide you with an awareness of the theoretical foundations of your discipline. This allows you to pose relevant questions, come up with innovative solutions and go a step further than others. Doubling your degree with Philosophy will prove valuable and rewarding on both a personal and professional level.

Philosophy doesn’t train you for a specific job, but this doesn’t mean that philosophy doesn’t lead to any job. In fact, our alumni have ended up as researchers, teachers, civil servants, journalists, or managers in the private sector. What all these jobs have in common is that it is an advantage if you can think critically on a fundamental level. This is where philosophy gives you an edge. Especially the relation between philosophy and a specific discipline allows our students to reflect on their fields of interest and thoroughly grasp the challenges that lay ahead.

Study program

First year

When choosing Economics and Philosophy, the curriculum of the first year consists of courses in economics, business economics, and support courses. These courses will provide a broad economic basis and help to develop strong analytical skills. Every academic year consists of five blocks of eight weeks in which you follow two courses. You are having lectures, tutorials, and workgroups where you practice and discuss the material with fellow students. Each course is concluded with an exam.

Second year

Next to the regular economics curriculum, you follow two introductory philosophy courses in the first ten weeks of the academic year. These lectures will be given in the evening (starting from 18.00 hrs). The first course, ‘The Early Enlightenment’, runs from week 36 until 39, exams in week 40. The second course, ‘The Quest for Man I’, will be given from week 41 until 44, exams in week 45.

Third year

In the third year, you also follow the regular economics curriculum. Next to that, you attend introductory philosophy courses in the first ten weeks of the academic year. Lectures will also be given in the evening (starting from 18.00 hrs).

Fourth year

The fourth year of your Double Degree program Economics and Philosophy will consist solely of advanced philosophy courses, divided into four blocks per year. Each block runs for 10 weeks, and lectures will mainly be given in the evening hours (starting from 18.00 hrs). In total the fourth year contains 60 credits. The first block of the year will be dedicated to two subjects 'Essential Contemporary Challenges' and 'Thought Experiments'. The second, third and fourth block of the fourth year includes advanced courses on the history of thought, the philosophical aspects of man and culture and social and political philosophy. In the course of this final year, students will also be guided by an advisor in writing their thesis.

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Last updated May 27, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
4 - 6 years
2,083 EUR
per year, EEA/EU students. NON-EEA/EU students: € 9.200.
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