Why the Faculty of History?
During our studies, in addition to acquiring knowledge you will also gain practical skills. You will learn how to search, collect, select and critically evaluate information of different nature and value. You will be able to find cause and effect relationships and hidden dependencies between facts and phenomena. You will learn the art of self-presentation, the ability to formulate thoughts clearly and defend your own arguments, to argue logically and communicate this argumentation in writing and, last but not least, to be independent in organizing your work, posing questions and solving problems.
The principle, which the staff of the Faculty of History stubbornly defends, is the obligation of direct contact between the student and the lecturer at all stages of education – from the propaedeutic classes in the first year of undergraduate studies to the master’s seminar in the second year of graduate studies. A student who comes to study history is guaranteed that during small-group classes he or she will be able to learn the ins and outs of this discipline, but what is perhaps even more important – to get to know the people who do the science. Such a master-student relationship, however, places considerable demands on both parties.
From the very first year, the students shape their path of study on their own: within the framework of the curriculum they choose the subjects they want to take. The workshops and lectures are monographic in nature, in line with the faculty member’s research direction. This results in a great variety of topics, e.g. during the course exercises in 19th century history one can learn about tsarist Russia and colonial Africa. This formula of classes assumes the student’s independence, both in the choice of classes and in the way he or she prepares for them.
Our graduates find work relatively quickly, although rarely as historians. No wonder, because such a profession does not exist. At the university you can, of course, gain professional competence that will allow you to work as a teacher of history, archivist, editor of texts not only source texts, popularizer of historical knowledge. But most of all in history you can gain skills that make historians attractive candidates for employment.