|Karin Kee, Bestuurs- & Organisatiewetenschap|
During the first year, I noticed that I had a broad interest in complex and interdisciplinary issues. Although I liked courses such as ‘Behavior and Communication in Organizations’, I still wanted to explore other fields of study. That was the main reason why I decided to sign up for the Honours Programme (HP). You deepen and broaden your knowledge and skills in your own field of study – especially when writing your bachelor’s thesis on a topic you like(!), you will also meet motivated students from other disciplines, which will definitely result in interesting discussions during lectures. Furthermore, the HP was a nice opportunity for me to work on my English speaking and writing skills. When following the HP, you will definitely gain a lot of experience in rational thinking and writing articles or papers, but you will also learn how to collaborate most efficiently with students coming from other disciplines. Looking back on my Bachelor’s study programme, I’m still glad I signed up for the HP. I would encourage all students who want to enrich their Bachelor’s programme to sign up for the Honours Programme!
|Koen Donatz, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology|
For me, one of the best parts of studying is getting out of your comfort zone. And that is exactly what the Honours Programme does. The Programme challenges you to look further than the bubble of your own discipline, by bringing you into contact with subjects that you are not used to study, and by getting you in touch with students that look at these subjects from a perspective rooted in disciplines different from your own. For the Honours courses are generally taught in small, interactive settings, you will not merely consume education, but also actively shape it at the same time. Furthermore, the Honours Programme allows you to improve crucial academic skills such as writing. What is more, the Honours Programme is a great way to make friends outside your discipline, and gives you a lot of nice extra's, such as the opportunity to join study association Extensus.
|Demi Leakat, Political Science|
As a Political Science student I have a broad interest in complex and interdisciplinary issues that are not restricted to certain fields and borders. I have always been interested in history and philosophy, but I also wanted to do something totally different. Applying for the Honours Programme was the right thing to do. The three participating universities (VU, UvA, AUC) offer you a wide variety of interdepartmental courses. The small classes allow for interactive sessions and discussions between students and lecturers from different academic backgrounds. This often results in refreshing insights. Besides the extra workload, the programme also organizes interesting city trips, museum visits and still there is plenty of time to meet new people! Last but not least, you will add a plus on your CV. You will not regret applying for the HP.