The Bachelor's programme in Economics and Business Economics comprises three years. Each year has a study load of 60 credits (EC) with one EC standing for 28 hours of study. The first year, the foundation year, is the same for all students. You will follow courses in Economics, such as Microeconomics I and Macroeconomics I and courses in Business Economics such as Marketing I, Accounting I and Finance I. You will also take courses that are part of the so-called Academic core, including Quantitative Research Methods I and Academic Skills. You will also receive an introduction to programming in the course Programming for Economists and follow the course Economics and Management of Organizations.
In the second year you specialize in the direction of Economics or Business Economics. If you specialize in Economics, you will follow the courses Macroeconomics II, International Trade and Development Economics, and Regional and Urban Economics in the first semester. If you choose Business Economics, you will take the Accounting II, Finance II and Marketing II courses in this semester. Regardless of your choice for Economics or Business Economics, you will deepen your methodological knowledge in the course Quantitative Research Methods II and your ethical and philosophical framework in the course Ethics, both part of the Academic core. If you opt for Business Economics, you decide whether you want to specialize in Accounting, Finance or Marketing at the start of the second semester. The second year will be concluded with the writing of a Research Paper for both economists and business economists.
In the first half of year 3, you have a fully elective period of 30 ecs, which you may devote to taking a university minor or a broadening or enhancing faculty minor, a period abroad, doing an internship or taking a personal selection of courses. Check VUnet for more information about exchange programs. You complete your bachelor’s programme with courses in your area of specialization amounting to 30 ecs. In addition to two courses in your discipline, you also take Quantitative Research Methods III (strongly focused on practical research skills that are applicable later in your bachelor thesis) and conclude by writing a thesis.
At the beginning of each period, a Course Manual is available on Canvas for each course. Here you will find comprehensive information about the learning objectives, the content, the teaching and assessment form, the literature, and the required and recommended prior knowledge of the course.