Behavior & Social Sciences


Are you fascinated by human behavior? Do you read people like an open book? Would you love to work in a field that allows you to help and empower people? Then Behavior & Social Sciences might just be the perfect fit for you!

What is Behavior & Social Sciences about?

Behavior & Social Sciences examine human behavior. Their focus is on understanding how people behave in various social contexts. Behavior & Social specialists look for solutions to social, business, personal, governmental, and environmental problems.

FAQs about Behavior & Social Sciences

Sound like you?


attentive • social • an observer • a good listener • open-minded • altruistic • non-judgmental


listen without judgment • connect people • see patterns • express myself well

Handen in een kring vormen samen een ster. metafoor voor inclusie


helping people • psychology • pedagogy • sociology

wijkcentrum sociaal samenwerken


human connections • equality • inclusivity • mental health • self development


genuine talks • helping and inspiring people • new perspectives • strong connections

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Your profession

Do these jobs sound good?

  • Social-Cultural Worker
  • Youth Worker in a Multicultural Community
  • Social Worker in a Refugee Camp
  • Social Worker in an Asylum Center
  • Project Leader in Community Development
  • Social Project Developer for Victims of Natural Disasters
  • Leader in Development Projects
  • And more...
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Bachelor programs

International Social Work

We live in a world full of challenges. From natural disasters to poverty. From climate change to human rights violations. As an internationally oriented social worker you contribute to a healthy and inclusive society. Study International Social Work at HAN and make a world of difference!

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Behavior & Social Sciences

Exchange programs

Are you a student of one of our partner universities? Then you can study abroad with us for 1 semester. HAN offers a range of exchange programs in the field of Behavior & Social Sciences. Check out the programs on offer!

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News and projects

Student experience: Talia Heinen

''I learn a lot about different cultures from all over the world''

Talia is a 3rd year International Social work student. Curious about her experiences and her advice for new students? Read more to find out.

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Een foto van student International Social Work Talia Heinen tijdens haar stage in Sri Lanka.
Student experience: Manuela Pekelman Venturini (International Social Work)

''I love that we all help each other''

Manuela is 28 and comes from Brazil. She’s in her 1st year of International Social Work. She loves the caring and helpful attitude of her classmates.

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Student experience: Greggory Lien (International Social Work)

''I've become more expressive''

Greggory is 27 and comes from the USA. He’s in his 1st year of International Social Work. Curious what made him apply for International Social Work and how it changed him as a person? Read on to find out.

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International Social Work student in HAN Nijmegen building
PhD research

Towards a colorful society with art-based communities

People with intellectual disabilities often live in social isolation. How can they participate in society with more equal footing, so they can lead a more autonomous life? “Art-based” communities have the potential to be an important step towards social justice for people with intellectual disabilities.

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Music interventions reduce stress

Stress negatively impacts our health. We know that better and better. But how can we reduce stress when our daily environments keep stress levels up? Scientists looked into the effects of music interventions and found that they had a significant effect on stress reduction.

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