Faculty of Social Sciences

FSW (Dutch acronym for Faculty of Social Sciences, i.e. Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen) was established in 1963 by merging the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and the Department of Sociology of VU University Amsterdam. Since then the faculty has expanded considerably and is currently home to over 2000 students and 300 staff members who are occupied in both education and research. The faculty is headed by the Faculty Board, consisting of the dean, the director of education and the director of research.

The Faculty of Social Sciences fosters a climate of inspiration in which students and academic staff are challenged to question their assumptions, contribute to public debate and to affirm their commitment to society. Our aim is to be a centre for high-quality research that is carried out in a stimulating and supportive environment. Gaining a wider perspective is an invitation to put ideas to the test, and to be committed to society in the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research.

Research and education within the Faculty of Social Sciences encompasses seven disciplines. Within these disciplines undergraduate and graduate programmes are offered. The research disciplines consist of:

    • Communication Science
    • Organization Sciences
    • Philanthropic Studies
    • Political Science
    • Public Administration
    • Social & Cultural Anthropology
    • Sociology

For more information, go to the FSW website.