A key feature of the Bachelor’s programmes is the broad scope of the curriculum. Each programme allows students to choose electives within their own field or from another discipline. The electives on offer are wide-ranging, and include interdisciplinary courses and minors. The electives that can be chosen devote attention to contemporary issues and career orientation. A number of minors give an introduction to other disciplines and provide access to certain Master’s programmes.
The study programmes are therefore shaped in such a way that, aside from the fixed curriculum, students also have the opportunity to shape their programmes in accordance with their own interests.
After completing such a broad Bachelor’s, students can deepen their knowledge of a certain discipline by taking one of the many Master’s programmes offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty offers more than 60 Master’s programmes, some of which are theoretically or practically orientated, and others more geared towards research. The Master’s programmes also allow one to choose a wide range of electives.
The University’s education policy is primarily aimed at attaining excellence in education. Various specialisms and programmes offer more ambitious students the chance of deepening or broadening their knowledge. The faculty honours programme offers talented Bachelor’s students the opportunity to obtain an extra 30 credits. Master’s students with an interest in an academic career can apply for one of the Research Master’s programmes.
The formulation and implementation of education policy passes through a permanent four-stage cycle, whereby policy formulation, implementation, evaluation and adjustment can continually be fine-tuned, thus assuring an optimal level of quality.
Every year the College of Humanities (CoH) and Graduate School of Humanities (GSH) formulate annual plans in which the most important policy aims for the coming year are announced. The plans are formulated in consultation with the programme directors.
An important role in the quality assurance cycle is reserved for the Boards of Studies and Examinations Boards. A Programme Committee consisting of lecturers and students is formed for each study programme or study programme cluster. The Committee is responsible for making recommendations about enacted policy and suggesting possible improvements. Furthermore, there is one Bachelor's examinations board and one Master’s examinations board, which have a supervising role as regards the quality of education, examinations and exams.
Education policy is formulated at three levels: faculty-wide education policy, Bachelor’s education policy, and Master’s education policy. The faculty education policy is an extension of the official university policy and is the responsibility of the department of Education Policy and Communication. Furthermore, the College of Humanities is responsible for formulating policy for Bachelor’s education, while the policy for Master’s education is the responsibility of the Graduate School of Humanities.
The policy plans for education is formulated in close consultation with the programme directors.