Minorities & Multilingualism

How can you manage diversity of cultures and languages? How do minorities shape social development? Does the discussion on inclusion and diversity ask for new leadership skills?
Local roots, global outlook

More than ever, our schools, companies and organizations are diverse, and future leaders in education, business, politics and any other field need to be able to deal with this diversity: they need diversity management skills.

Our Bachelor programme Minorities and Multilingualism will train you to become such a diversity manager. You will learn about the languages, cultures, histories and politics of ethnolinguistic minorities across the globe. Furthermore, you will learn how to do research on issues of minorities and multilingualism.

Our three-year programme consists of a versatile combination of courses on linguistics, political and cultural history, and social sciences. Throughout these courses, you will encounter a broad range of topics: minorities, migration, diversity management, and multilingualism. You may also choose to learn the Frisian regional language which is often used as a case-study in courses.

You will learn how to assess, investigate and critically reflect on these topics. You will also become able to formulate solutions, provide consultancy and produce policy advice that will help organisations and communities to better deal with cultural and linguistic diversity. 

Student testimonials
Name
Alissa
Testimonial
Hey everyone! My name is Alissa, I'm 20 years old, from Germany and currently ain my second year of Minorities & Multilingualism. In addition to my studies, I am an Honours College student and the Secretary of Multi, our programme’s study association, which means that I am responsible for all matters related to communication.

In my free time, I love to spend time with friends, listen to music (a lot) and enjoy learning foreign languages. I am quite the language nerd - as of right now, I speak eight languages and I'm always keen to add another one to the bunch, the more, the merrier. In fact, I also started learning a new language in my first year of M&M, I picked Russian as my elective and have continued taking it in my second year.

Why Minorities & Multilingualism?
M&M is an interdisciplinary programme that offers a unique perspective on important societal matters. Essentially, we learn to become diversity managers - first we need to understand the different dimensions of societal issues, then we are gradually equipped with the tools to solve them. Thanks to the flexible programme structure and small-scale education of M&M, I was able to figure out my personal interests, namely minority rights and multilingual education. There is a lot of room for individual preferences and every fellow student of mine has opted for a different path when choosing their elective courses. Last but not least, I love the open and supportive atmosphere within the programme. Students and lecturers know each other very well and there is room for any question or concern.

Why Groningen?
When I first came to Groningen for the Open Day of 2020, I immediately fell in love with this cute little city and its vibrant student culture. Even though I started studying during the COVID-pandemic, I had a great first year. I got to socialize, make friends, try out new things and develop myself as a person. There are so many things to do in Groningen, ranging from joining student associations, volunteering and participating in cultural activities, to picking up sports, starting a student job and going out. I can’t imagine a better place to start into this new phase of your life! On top of that, the University of Groningen is one of the very few universities in the world to offer a programme about minorities and multilingualism, which makes it feel even more special.

Future
I dream of working for an international organization like UNESCO or an EU-institution. Not only would this give me the opportunity to work in an international environment, but I could also make a change in the fields of minority rights and education policy. During the past year, I have also developed a strong interest for international relations. Therefore, I am excited to see in which direction this year will take me and what Master’s programme I will end up joining in a few years.

Golden Tip
Take your time to figure out your strengths and passions! At times, it may seem like everyone else has it all figured out, but I can assure you that this is not the case. Follow your interests, try to not only think of your study as the basis for your future career, but as something you should enjoy. Most importantly, always take care of your mental health! A good support system of friends and/or family is very valuable and they can help you through tough times.
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Overview

How can you manage diversity of cultures and languages? How do minorities shape social development? Does the discussion on inclusion and diversity ask for new leadership skills?

More than ever, our schools, companies and organizations are diverse, and future leaders in education, business, politics and any other field need to be able to deal with this diversity: they need diversity management skills.

Our Bachelor programme Minorities and Multilingualism will train you to become such a diversity manager. You will learn about the languages, cultures, histories, and politics of ethnolinguistic minorities across the globe. Furthermore, you will learn how to do research on issues of minorities and multilingualism. 
 

Course details

Programme
In the first year, you'll acquire foundational knowledge on the topics in the programme. You'll attend courses on the history of (linguistic) minorities in Europe, language change, multilingualism in society and linguistics.

In year two you extend your knowledge. The courses deal with themes relating to the cultural diversity of minorities and their cultural representations in arts and literature. In addition, you'll develop your research skills and apply these in the local 'lab'. You'll also make a start with your minor, or you can opt to specialise in Frisian.

In year three, you will complete your studies and look ahead to future study and/or career opportunities. You can spend a semester at a university abroad or complete an internship. In the final semester, you'll write your Bachelor thesis. 
 

Entry requirements
  • Proficiency in English
  • International Equivalent of the Dutch VWO Diploma 
Career outcomes

Job prospects
With a degree in M&M you are widely qualified on the job market. You have knowledge of issues surrounding minority groups in society, which makes you a suitable candidate to work at governmental agencies, as a policy advisor in education, diversity, minorities or cultural heritage, or report on minority politics by becoming a journalist. Your knowledge of multilingualism and diversity management is valuable in careers where you have to deal with people from different (linguistic) backgrounds.
How can a city deal with multilingualism in the public domain? As a language policy advisor, your knowledge of this comes in handy. Or specialise in multilingualism in the workplace and develop communication strategies for (international) companies. With a specialisation in Frisian, you are able to work in the Frisian cultural sector; at the Historic and Literary Center Tresoar, the Afûk, or the Fryske Akademy.

Most students continue their studies in a Master programme, for example the Master Multilingualism, or Euroculture. With a specialisation in Frisian language and culture, it is also possible to deepen your knowledge in Frisian literature, or to get a teaching qualification.

Job examples

  • Diversity manager and advisor
  • Teacher
  • Policy maker language, culture, heritage
  • Researcher
  • Communication expert
  • Translator
  • Civil servant
  • Journalist 
Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Duration
36
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Groningen
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