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Thematic minors

The Faculty of Arts offers 11 thematic minors, that focus on a current societal theme. Every thematic minor consists of:

  • a theme course (5 EC), in which you will focus on the relevance of your chosen theme. You must pass the theme course to be able to participate in the think tank.
  • a course Academia and Society (5 EC), in which you will learn how to take a substantiated position in relevant societal debates, focus on your personal ambitions and prepare for the think tank. It is highly recommended that you take this course before participating in the think tank.
  • a think tank (10 EC), in which you will conduct research on behalf of a company or institution in a group of six to eight students. You can also choose to do an internship or conduct faculty research. More information about (the concept of) a think tank can be found here.
  • electives (20 EC), where you can choose between two options:
    • You can choose courses from the interdisciplinary package of your minor for a total of 20 EC. In this package you will find courses from the Faculty of Arts (as well as from other faculties of Radboud University) that allow you to focus on specific aspects of the theme of your minor.
      • If several interdisciplinary packages are offered within a minor, you can combine courses from the different interdisciplinary packages of that minor.
      • You are not allowed to choose courses from an interdisciplinary package that belong to the compulsory part of your own degree programme.
    • You can choose a disciplinary In this package you can choose courses of one degree programme for a total of 20 EC. More information on the disciplinary packages can be found here.

If you want to include a course in the elective space of the minor which is not included in the package or want to take a minor elsewhere (at another faculty or university), you must send a substantiated request to the Examination Board at least six weeks before the start of the course.
If you want to include a different course in your interdisciplinary package, the Examination Board will check whether this course is indeed related to the theme of the minor and in case of (a change in) a disciplinary package, whether there is disciplinary coherence.

The Faculty of Arts offers the following thematic minors:

Your B3-programme will be as follows:

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

Major course
(5 EC)*

Major course
(5 EC)*

Bachelor’s thesis
(10 EC)

Theme course
(5 EC)

Academia and Society
(5 EC)

Think tank 
(10 EC)

(20 EC)

* Students of the BA programmes International Business Communication and Duitse taal en cultuur will only have one major course (= a compulsory course of their own degree programme) in the first semester. The second course will take place in the second semester.

Click here to see what your third year will look like concretely if you choose a thematic minor.

Efficient studying: bridging programme

Are you a student at the Faculty of Arts and would you like to do a Master's programme in Tourism and Culture or Creative industries, even though you do not automatically meet the admission criteria based on your major?
In that case, you can already qualify for these master's programmes during your bachelor's programme by organising your minor in a certain way.
Click here to read more about these so-called bridging programmes.