Judged best in the field
Keuzegids Universiteiten 2018

Our Literary Studies programme was voted the cream of the crop in the 2018 edition of the Selection Guide for Universities (Keuzegids Universiteiten 2017). 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. 

Without borders

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.

I’ve noticed that in my current job, I particularly benefit from the critical eye on texts this programme gave me.
Christine Lemaire, alumna Literary Studies

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. 

  • Thijs Joores, Literary Studies student
    "I’m not exaggerating when I say that this degree has given me a different perspective on the world."
  • Christine Lemaire, alumna Literary Studies
    "I particularly benefit from the critical eye on texts the programme gave me."

Summary

Mode of study:
Fulltime
Language of instruction:
English
Duration:
3 years
Credits:
180
Start:
September
Tuition fee:
  • Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2018-19, full-time): € 2,060
  • Institutional fee 2018-2019: € 8,208 (EU/EEA), € 9,345 (non-EU/EEA)
Offered by:
Humanities
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:
56802