To tailor your Honours experience to your needs and allow you to focus on the specific skills you want to develop, the Bachelor Honours programme is divided into 6 different tracks, each focussing on a different field. Students applying for the Bachelor Honours programme apply for a specific track, and you can follow no more than one track at a time. The different tracks taught in the Bachelor Honours programme are Science, Design, Entrepreneurship & Business Development, Mathematics, Processes of Change, and Philosophy.
In the Science track, students learn how to tackle problems in a scientific approach, by studying what science exactly is. This includes learning more about different scientific approaches for different fields of research and developing critical, philosophical thinking, and proper research skills.
In the Design track, students learn to design a product beyond the technical aspects. They will develop both the skills and manner of thought required to design applications, and learn more about the process of research and development. This all is done through analysis and reflection upon great designs from the past, as well as projects that turn theoretical knowledge into practical skills.
The new pilot-track Entrepreneurship & Business Development is introduced for the BSc Honours programme in the year 2018-2019. In this track, students study and practice important techniques required to become a successful entrepreneur. To this end, they will investigate how to best explore and exploit business opportunities, and they will develop their effectuation, a way of thinking that thrives in uncertain situations and helps its users to turn new circumstances into opportunities.
The Mathematics track delves far beyond equations and teaches students how to solve problems using a mathematical approach. Aside from delving deeper into challenging mathematical topics, students will develop skills that go hand-in-hand with mathematics such as computer coding and signal processing, and develop a structured, yet creative way of problem-solving.
The Processes of Change track teaches students how to change the world around them. For this purpose, students will learn more on how change influences individuals as well as society, and the ability of different individuals to make changes in the complex organisations they are part of. Furthermore, there is a strong focus on developing the social skills required to make these changes, such as presenting and consulting.
In the philosophy track, students are not simply taught philosophy, but rather teach themselves how to think philosophically. Teachers guide students by discussing philosophical texts on, amongst others, science and technology and asking questions that inspire philosophical thinking. Students themselves must develop philosophical thinking by seeking out, and participating in discussions.