On 13 October 2018, Dr Frank Brandsma and first-year student Grace Mghayar provided you with detailed information about our Bachelor's programme and shared their personal experiences on the programme with you. You can watch the recording on the Literary Studies webinar page.
Our Literary Studies programme was voted the cream of the crop in the 2018 edition of the Selection Guide for Universities (Keuzegids Universiteiten 2018). The content of the programme, the lecturers and the workload in particular came in for a lot of praise.
From Poems to Fan Fiction
How do we distinguish literary texts from non-literary ones? What role does literature play in society, and what role did it use to play? Students taking Utrecht University’s Bachelor programme in Literary Studies will take a comparative look at literature of all eras, ranging from antiquity to the present time, focusing both on literature in itself and on its relation to other art forms and types of media. This programme takes in everything from epic poems to novels, and from novels to fan fiction.
Walk into a random bookshop and you will find literature written by authors from all over the world. In fact, the chances are that you read all sorts of literature yourself, be it European or Japanese literature, recent works or novels written in the past, poetry, fan fiction, what have you. Our Literary Studies programme will similarly allow you to cross such borders, as literature comes in many languages and represents many different cultures.
Of All Ages
Why are certain stories exciting, while others fail to excite us? How does one recognise a good plot, and what types of plots recur in different guises throughout the ages? How do literature and society affect each other? By comparing texts from various ages and languages, students will uncover principles that go well beyond the confines of language.
For Literary Omnivores
Do you love reading in multiple languages (English, French and German as well as Dutch)? Are you interested in any type of literature, no matter the genre? If so, Utrecht University’s Literary Studies programme will be right up your alley, because it is designed for literary omnivores. It is essential that you are a critical reader, though, and that you are always looking for the story behind the story.
An Ongoing Debate
As a Literary Studies student, you will never be lost for words. Literary scholars never stop debating. For this reason, we will teach you to have opinions and to defend these opinions.
- Mode of study:
- Language of instruction:
- 3 years
- Tuition fee:
- Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2020-2021, full-time): € 2,143
- Institutional fee 2020-2021: € 8,984 (EU/EEA), € 10,288 (non-EU/EEA)
- Offered by:
- Degree: This Bachelor's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
- BA (Bachelor of Arts)
- Croho code: