Bachelor of Arts in History

The History programme delivers historians with a research-oriented attitude and a broad view on the world. Infinitely more than mere memory work or the enumeration of historical facts, the study of history requires a critical attitude vis-à-vis historical sources and academic insight into the why and wherefore, and the coherence of historical events.

Bachelor's Programme
3 year 180 credits
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Dutch
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What

The History programme at Ghent University delivers historians with a research-oriented attitude and a broad view on the world. Not only do our graduates possess a sound knowledge of humanities, social sciences, and history, they also have a critical understanding of social processes and structures. In addition, our graduates have learnt to adopt a critical-academic attitude vis-à-vis past and present, they can conduct historical research autonomously, they are able to present research results to a wide audience (both orally and in writing), and they can participate in contemporary social debate.

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For whom

You are fascinated by the past, for the sake of its intrinsic value but also for a better understanding of the structures of your own times. History students are interested not only in what happened, but also in why something happened. Studying history requires much more than mere memory work; you must also be able to gain insight into the context of historical events. Our study programme at the same time requires a critical attitude vis-à-vis historical sources and vis-à-vis the numerous historical theories. Somewhat akin to a detective, you closely study of these sources and combine this close study with critical writing. An aptitude for and interest in foreign languages (French, English, German) is certainly an asset when consulting and processing sources and historical literature. Prior knowledge of Latin and/or (ancient) Greek can come in handy if you choose classical antiquity or the Middle Ages as your area of specialization.

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Structure

Bachelor

The first year comprises five general course units: three introductory Humanities course units (Philosophy, Arts and Literature) and two fundamental History course units (Historical Criticism and World History). In addition, the three-year Bachelor’s curriculum consists of three types of course units:

  • knowledge and insight course units (overviews of major periods and themes in history);
  • historical practicals (supervised ‘exercises’, during which students learn to set up and conduct independent research);
  • introductory course units on Humanities and Social Sciences (non-historical subjects).

 

We apply a combination of such teaching methods as lectures, tutorials and supervised independent work. In the course of the Bachelor’s curriculum, the amount of lectures is reduced in favour of tutorials and your own research efforts. Ultimately, this culminates in an independent piece of academic research, i.e. the so-called Bachelor’s paper. The third-year curriculum contains a choice of minors at 15 ECTS-credits, thus creating an opportunity to combine discipline-specific knowledge with knowledge and skills from other disciplines, and allowing an interdisciplinary approach of certain historical issues. The Education Minor allows you to take up course units from the Master’s Programme in Teaching. Another possibility is to study abroad: every year, quite a few third-year students take the opportunity to study abroad for one or two semesters. Our programme has an extensive international academic network and offers more than 40 study-abroad destinations (each with one or more places) all over Europe.

Master

The Master’s curriculum contains the actual discipline-specific expertise. You choose a research project in a specific period (e.g. the Middle Ages), in a specific theme (e.g. urban history) or in a specific region (e.g. history of Africa). At the heart of our programme is the Master’s dissertation, your independently realized graduation project. You choose your course units and tutorials are in line with your chosen area of expertise.

In addition to the (domain) Master’s programme described above, you can also choose a Master’s Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master) (120 ECTS-credits).

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Labour Market

The study programme’s broad contours and academic depth gives our History graduates access to various non-historical study programmes and professions. Historians do rather well in a number of advanced studies, such as Archival Sciences, Communication Studies or Social Sciences. Recent surveys reveal that Ghent University History graduates can be found in all sectors of social life: education, culture, administration, journalism, academic research, diplomacy, the social sector, publishing, and the banks and insurance sector. This is a clear advantage of our study programme’s polyvalent, flexible and critical character.