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Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity

Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity

The department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity main characteristics are its international focus, social orientation and the relatively small scale of the programmes.

The Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity has over 90 academic staff, including 20 PhD candidates. The staff provide teaching and carry out research from a disciplinary basis, spanning the ages from prehistory up to the present. Cross-relations between research groups and within teaching programmes contribute to the vital interdisciplinary embedding of teaching and research. Teaching and research come from the research groups, which are divided between the clusters Art & Culture, History and Anquity. 

Social engagement

The twelve special professors in the department are members of social organizations and research institutes, reinforcing the links between the university and society. They hold chairs in the fields of history, heritage, landscape and water, material and immaterial culture, the history of knowledge and the culture of memory. For the archaeological field, they do so by organizing the annual Roman archaeology conference.


The department cooperates with the University of Amsterdam in a number of areas. This allows students to choose from a  large number of diverse courses to aid their academic development in various specializations:

  • Researchers in Ancient Studies and Archaeology work together in the Amsterdam Centre of Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). ACASA provides the master’s programmes in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and Archaeology
  • Art and Culture provides a dual master’s degree in Curating Art en Cultures together with the University of Amsterdam


The Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity provides education in the form of broad and disciplinary Bachelor and Master programmes. Each programme starts from a number of core subjects and offers options for specialisation. The teaching is usually small-scale – especially in the specialisation programmes – with a great deal of freedom to choose different subjects and your own thesis topic.


Our scientists are specialists in the fields of media, art, design, architecture, history, classical languages, Assyriology and archaeology and, on the basis of their respective disciplines, they also collaborate on various themes. Read about our research.