Specialization Literature and Society: Dutch is being phased out

VU Amsterdam will not be able to offer the Bachelor’s degree programme specialization 'Literature and Society: Dutch' to new, incoming students from next academic year (2019-2020) onwards.

02/22/2019 | 9:28 AM

VU Amsterdam will not be able to offer the Bachelor’s degree programme 'Literature and Society: Dutch' to new, incoming students from next academic year (2019/2020) onwards. This specialization will continue to exist for students currently enrolled, but the specialization will eventually cease to exist. The reason for cancelling this specialization is that for years it has not attracted enough students - fewer than 10 per year - to be financially sustainable.

VU Amsterdam still offers the Master’s programme in Literary Studies, which includes a Dutch specialization. Students can also choose a minor in Dutch literature ('Aan de Slag met Literatuur'). In the Bachelor’s and Master’s programme Communication and Information Sciences, as well as the Master’s programme Linguistics, Dutch is present in the form of linguistics, effective communication, study of grammar, writing and translating and journalism.

The Faculty of Humanities - where the Bachelor’s specialization is being offered - regrets that the interest in Dutch literature has declined significantly in the past years. Dean Michel ter Hark’s response to the decision: “The interest among students in a Bachelor’s specialization Dutch literature is declining and has unfortunately led to the closing of this Bachelor specialization ‘Literature and Society: Dutch’. Because we believe that the study of Dutch literature is an important ingredient of academic education we have the intention to offer a university minor in the area of art, literature and history”.

Options at various educational institutions remain open for new students who wish to specialize in Dutch literature for their Bachelor’s degree.

The Faculty also intends to offer, as of September 2019, a Master’s programme Linguistics with the specialization Text Mining AI (Artificial Intelligence). Students of this programme will learn to analyse enormous amounts of text corpora with the help of language technology. This specialization offers students in the humanities and the sciences new possibilities to relate technology and language to each other, and to analyse and study both of them in an effective way.

The Bachelor’s degree programme ‘Literature and Society: English’ will continue to exist, and will take on new students for the next academic year.

Click here for the Dutch article.