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Tailored education for ambitious and motivated bachelor students: what do you want to develop?

To tailor your Honours experience to your needs and to allow you focussing on specific skills you want to develop, the Bachelor Honours programme is divided into 6 different tracks, each focussing on a different field.

Each track takes 1.5 years and has 6 courses, of which the first one starts in quartile 3. Please note that you cannot follow more than one track at a time

 

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That is possible! For students who want to go abroad for their regular study or minor, we have created the Honours Individual Project.

Entrepreneurship & Business Development

The pilot-track Entrepreneurship & Business Development was introduced for the Bachelor Honours programme in the year 2018-2019. This track trains students to become real-time entrepreneurs. The focus is on different ways to run their companies and how they can ensure that their businesses are relevant for society. We work in close cooperation with Novel-T to help out the students in practice and the track is focused on the student’s personal growth as entrepreneurs. The main perspective of Entrepreneurship and Business Development is called Effectuation. This is a relatively new way to look at Entrepreneurship. In the more traditional approaches, starting your business is a stepwise, planned action mostly focused on writing a business plan. However, expert entrepreneurs hardly follow this approach. Effectual entrepreneurs work with the means available to them and are actively searching for partners to cooperate and share risks by pre-commitment to the new venture. Co-creation is important; it is not a one-way trajectory but together with partners you will establish a two-way cooperation where means are exchanged to create synergy.

Coordinator
dr. M.R. Stienstra (Martin)
Coordinator Bachelor Entrepreneurship & Business Development Track
Track Experiences
Vincent van Engers - Student 19/20

The Entrepreneurship & Business Development track puts everyone out of their comfort zone. It forces you to think deeply and teaches you how to interact with the world. The lessons learned in this course are learned for life.

Mathematics

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 track will deepen as well as broaden your understanding and knowledge of mathematical skills. It is partly aligned with math curricula of engineering studies, but also new and challenging disciplines in this field of science will be discussed, e.g Coding Theory and Geometry. The track is divided into six modules, running from pure to applied mathematics. We offer this track in presenting (guest) lectures and tutorials, also homework and final projects are part of the deal. The intended learning outcome is a new creative way of problem-solving with the aid of mathematical tools.

Coordinator
dr. G.A.M. Jeurnink (Gerard)
Coordinator Bachelor Mathematics Track
Track Experiences
Yanhze Li - Student

It will introduce a new world to you, it will teach you a new thinking way of everything, it will show you something about art. What is it? Math Track!

Matthew Maat - Student

I chose to do the Honours programme to learn about new, challenging subjects. I am doing the mathematics track, because the subject interests me the most (as I am an AM student). The track teaches about various mathematical topics and gives space to investigate things by yourself in the problem sets.

Processes of Change

This track teaches students to understand change and to help change the world around them. Change and its desirability will be analysed at various levels: society at large, organisations, teams and individuals. Change at one level will induce change at other levels; innovation and reform imply change at various levels. Leaders or other people who want to contribute to positive change need to have knowledge about these relationships. Students also have to be creative and have the ability to really think independently, which the teachers will stimulate in various ways. For instance, students will develop a new theory about organisations (without reading any literature), and they will design and execute real-life change interventions. Social skills like presenting, consulting, coaching and leading will be taught and trained, together with individual skills including self-assessment and self-improvement. The obtained insights and skills will be put into practice during the execution of an individual project at the end of the course, to be presented during a final seminar. In summary, this track focuses on the students’ ability to let themselves, other people and the groups and organisations they are part of, turn to new views, attitudes, behaviours and policies.

Booklets

Every year, the PoC students make a booklet in which all final projects are bundled. These booklets give a good representation of what you will learn in Processes of Change.

Coordinator
prof.dr. C.P.M. Wilderom (Celeste)
Coordinator Bachelor Processes of Change Track
Track Experiences
Reuven Avnon - Student 20/21

I joined the track because to learn about change and to be in an inspirational environment with students from other studies that possess different expertises.

Atis Kazaferi - Student 19/20

The Processes of Change Track has given me significant insight on my surroundings as well as myself, on how I can develop and what I can ambitiously achieve. This Honours Program has been an inspirational experience for me, and I am looking forward to what more it can offer me in terms of network building and my learning objectives.

Moritz Wagner - Student 20/21

The Processes of Change track provides fantastic education and experience for future work environments. This program teaches you how to analyze societal behavior, use your resources to understand the causality of change, and practice essential methods to achieve change. Furthermore, you learn more about your characteristics and how to utilize this awareness in the future.

Tsjalle van der Burg - Teacher

Because we get to know the students personally, we can help them improve their creativity.

Julia Wijnmalen - Teacher

Honours students are smart and being smart often makes you think that you already know everything. That is what I like about working with these students - the challenge to be able to challenge them.

Desirée van Dun - Teacher

Being a change leader also requires yourself to be adaptive to and deal effectively with change. Both the Bachelor and Master Honours students challenge me to constantly innovate and step up my own knowledge and didactics, which is a delightfully enriching experience.

Celeste Wilderom - Teacher

After every evening, every (guest) teacher expresses an interest to come back to the next group next year.

Philosophy

For students specializing in technology, managerial or behavioural sciences, an apprenticeship in the broad scope of philosophy is a valuable prerequisite to keep High Tech in touch with the Human Touch. After all, philosophy and certainly its major representatives can be considered as best practices of creative and self-critical thought that proved its fecundity in science, ethics, politics, literature and art. The Philosophy track guides students into an encounter with philosophic primary sources. It is not an introduction in applied ethics or philosophy of a specific discipline, but it aims at students acquiring a Socratic attitude. For, Socratic wisdom entails the insight that if one asks long enough about the presuppositions, the legitimations and consequences of current scientific, ethical and political ideas, they turn out to be apt for philosophical reflection.

Coordinator
prof.dr. J. Hoogland (Jan)
Coordinator Bachelor Philosophy Track
Track Experiences
Jan-Niklas Grinth - Student

"I decided to participate in the philosophy track of the honours program because I am personally very interested in the theories, concepts, and perspectives of philosophers. However, philosophy is a complex and interrelated discipline. The honours program offers the opportunity to explore it within a professional framework, including the study of primary sources, the guidance of proficient professors, and discussions with enthusiastic classmates. Retrospectively, it was the ideal starting point to approach the realm of philosophy. The discussions inspire and enable me to think about certain contents in a more sophisticated and transcendental manner. I am glad to be a part of this community."

Leonie Spitzer - Student

I chose the philosophy honours track as it offers the opportunity to share personal viewpoints on difficult viewpoints to get a more thorough understanding. By means of the honours track, I am able to combine my personal interests into philosophy and the academic level of the university. I am being offered support of other students and my professors which enlighten me with different perspectives and background information. Furthermore, I get to understand literature which I would normally avoid reading due to a high level of difficulty. However, most enriching were the classes with Rene Munnik who always combined everyday topics, general life questions and provided thorough background knowledge to put the texts into a new light. At the moment, I am even able to continue the philosophy classes abroad by means of an individual project.

Bregje Walraven - Student

Currently I am doing the Philosophy track, 3rd module. In the beginning of the academic year I started with my study International Business Administration. In the modules I was not really interested back then. When the Honours Programma presented itself, I was immediately in love with the Philosophy track, something totally different from my own study. Until now I like the weekly sessions about certain topics interesting for self-development, and therefore would really motivate other students to do this track as well. Hope your questions are answered with this, and good luck with the information sessions!

Jan Hoogland - Teacher

As a teacher of the Philosophy Track, the Honours Program offers me the joy of being a close witness of the growth and development of a group of young students for a year and a half. It is fantastic to see how interested, involved and unorthodox these students are in their dialogues and ideas about current issues.

Shaping the Future

Shaping the Future focusses on analysing big societal issues: where new scientific findings, insights or technological developments did or may invoke major structural changes. In order to achieve this, the track is divided into three parts: past, present and future. Students will learn from the past, apply this knowledge to a current problem, and foresee and anticipate on future problems. These are competencies that students can also use to tackle problems in their own field. These competencies aim to encourage you to use a unique way of problem-solving, enabling you to influence the future. Are you a curious, inquisitive student who is thrilled by ground-breaking research and design? Then this might just be the track for you!

Courses

As this will be a new track, starting in 2019-2020, not all the course information is available yet.

The Bachelor Honours programme takes 1.5 years. Each track has 6 courses, of which the first one starts in quartile 3. Click on a course to see more information.    

Coordinator
dr. M.S. Krol (Maarten)
Coordinator Bachelor Shaping the Future Track
Track Experiences
Annemarte Visscher - Student 18/19

Participating in the Honours programme gave me the opportunity to explore some of my interests in great detail with the aid of amazing teachers. It really taught me how great learning can be when you are working together with motivated and fun people.

Sven van Wincoop - Student

The Honours Programme is a unique opportunity to develop yourself on an academic level as well as personal level. Frequently presenting, critical thinking and active participation are key words for the Programme. The icing on the cake is that it also looks well on your CV!

Maarten Krol - Teacher

Most enjoyable for me in every new cohort of Honours students is to see how they, in our very multidisciplinary environment, first get so much more aware of their own disciplinary "tunnel" and then learn to appreciate the (sometimes) very different directions of thought from other disciplines. In evaluations they often say things like "I never thought psychologists would have such interesting ideas on ..." or "I never expected electrical engineers to reflect so deep on ... ".

Hajo Broersma - Teacher

Students are the key players for shaping the future. I strongly believe that our Honours Programme prepares them better for their crucial role in saving our planet

Eric Mulder - Teacher

For me, being a guest lecturer, it was and is a positive challenge, and very satisfying, to deal with smart young people on an intellectual level. I hope the feeling was and is mutual!