Faculty Minor

Would you like to do a Master that does not fit your current Bachelor? Or are you interested in another academic field? The Faculty Minor (30 ECTS) could ease your transfer to another master within the Faculty of Arts, or allows to take a look into other Bachelors of Arts. Each Faculty Minor consists of courses where the theory and methodology of the newly chosen academic field are introduced, it also included some deepening modules.​

Monique Osinga

Minor: IRIO

Study year: 2018-2019

I have chosen to take a faculty pre-master minor International relations and International organisations in my third year. This pre-master minor prepares you for taking a master’s in international Relations. Because the study IRIO is housed within the same faculty as history, the studies have a lot in common. Hence, by taking this minor while studying within the same faculty you will be allowed to take a master’s in international relations. 

I have chosen to take this minor, because I am interested in taking a master’s in International Relations and because I find the study very interesting. I have found the minor to be very doable! You are expected to do more work, but the material isn’t harder than the study material within history. I had to get used to submitting substantial assignments weekly, but you will get used to this soon and in my opinion the assignments are doable. The pre-master minor is in English entirely, as a non-native speaker I had to get used to this, but I quickly got used to it. 

I have found the difference in perspective between IR and history particularly interesting. In addition to this, you’ll be joined by people from different studies within one workgroup: from psychology to Middle Eastern studies. There is much to talk about, and I had a great time between the seminars. It is a lot of fun to write essays from another perspective.

The courses are very interesting as well. You’ll take three courses of ten ECTS each, that cross the entire semester. You’ll take one theoretical course, a methodological course and a more general course. You’ll write one essay for each course, so writing is a substantial part of the courses. Hence, you’ll predominantly take seminars and for the more general course you’ll have lectures as well. At these lectures’ subjects will be explained to you that you’ll use in the seminars to answer questions. 

I have had a great time and hopefully I have gotten you a bit more excited for taking a pre-master minor. It is especially interesting and useful when you’re considering taking another master than a history master. 

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