There are countless reasons to choose the Solo programme, and the possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples to give you some inspiration.
If you were good at languages in high school but decided to earn your degree in something else, you now have the chance to brush up on your French, German or Latin. If you’re studying History and you want to specialise in Russian history, then put together a Solo programme with Russian language courses. In this way you will be enriching your main area of study, and you can use Russian sources for your thesis.
Students in the hard sciences who also have an interest in courses like History, Philosophy or Linguistics can opt for a Solo programme that goes in this direction. If you study Mathematics but also have a passion for Film and Literature, then the Humanities Lab offers you the opportunity to put together a nice film studies package. If you’re studying Medicine and hope to spend some time working in Africa, select courses offered in African languages and cultures.
If you’re studying Art History and you would like to know more about the Golden Age, for example, you can take courses that highlight certain aspects of this period. For example: study the Golden Age from an economic, cultural, social and historical standpoint. By taking courses from different degree programmes in the area of the history, literature and economy of this historical period, you can create a programme that perfectly suits your wishes and talents.
You can use the Solo programme to bolster your position on the job market. If you’re studying a language and your goal is to get a job in the business world, then you could take courses in areas such as economics or journalism. In this case you could also decide to do an interesting research internship. Humanities Lab Internships have to be centered around research and need to be done in an organisation which (also) conducts scientific research.
You also have the option of taking part in a research project within your main area of study. That requires good preparation. You need to stay informed about research being conducted within your area of study. Do you have a lecturer who teaches a course concerning a research project that interests you? Then ask what the possibilities are for a Solo programme. This option is mainly attractive to students intending to continue doing research later on, such as those who want to apply for a research master’s programme.
Another option is to take a particular Honours Class and make it the core of your programme. For example, you could combine an Honours Class with a key module from the Humanities Lab Expedition programme. You could then complement this with a suitable course from the History programme. There are all sorts of combinations you could make. For example, you could combine the Expedition course Art and Literature in a Technological World with Art History courses, or you could complement the philosophically oriented Expedition course Why we Rule the World and How with Philosophy courses.
You can centre your programme around a master’s course. You may use a maximum of 10 ECs to do so. One way to make good use of the remaining 10 ECs would be to bring up your required knowledge for the selected master’s course up to the needed standard. This way, you can take a master’s course while you are still a bachelor’s student (under certain conditions). Enquire with the Honours College Coordinators about the possibilities.
If your main area of study includes a required stay abroad, you can take extra courses for your Solo programme at the foreign university where you will be studying. For example, if you are going to Japan, look into courses on the Japanese economy or courses in the area of art, religion, history and philosophy. Or go abroad specifically for your Solo project. Many universities offer interesting summer school programmes. You can complement these with courses at Leiden University or at another Dutch university.
If you are studying history or linguistics then it is possible to follow a set of selected courses within your programme. This set has already been approved by the Humanities Lab board of examinations. The sets of courses consists of regular bachelor courses, so the additional demands of obtaining an average grade of at least 8.0 for all your subjects and at least a 7.0 for an individual subject applies. If you are a student of linguistics or history you do not have to choose the pre-selected sets of courses: if you choose other courses you will require the pre-approval of the examination board of Humanities Lab.
For questions and advice
With so many options at hand, you might also have a lot of questions. You are welcome to bring them to the Honours College Coordinators . They know everything there is to know about the various options and can answer your questions or advise you, and they will be happy to help you put together a challenging individualised Solo programme.