Bachelor's Degree Programme in History

Degree title:
Bachelor of Arts
Degree program type:
Bachelor's Degree
180 cr
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Coordinating organisation:
Department of History and Ethnology
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


At the University of Jyväskylä, history research, teaching and learning focuses on analysing and understanding social change. The study of history provides the tools to interpret cultural, political, institutional, mental, ideological and economic changes over time, and to reflect on their meanings for individuals, communities and society. The aim of the studies is to understand why and how communities and society have become part of historical processes that often develop over a long period of time. Thus history helps people understand how the past affects the present, and how today’s choices can have long-term consequences.

The study of history gives students the tools to find information efficiently, analyse sources critically and use these to produce new knowledge. History graduates go on to become, for example, researchers, teachers, archivists, and educators and to work in communications, journalism and administrative roles.

The Bachelor of History programme consists of core studies and intermediate studies. The aim of the core studies is to understand the key principles of historical research and the nature of historical knowledge. The course covers the general historical development of cultures, ideologies, societies, economics and politics. During their intermediate studies, students focus on the different areas of historical research and how to apply key theoretical developments in the study of history and use different research methods and source materials. The degree also includes communications and language studies, general and elective courses.

Learning outcomes

After completing the BA degree, the student will:

  • be confident using the key knowledge and skills in their own subject
  • be confident using data search methods and be able to evaluate information critically
  • value academic knowledge, be able to apply it to work in their field and be aware of the ethical responsibilities related to their actions
  • be confident using the key teamwork, information and communications technology skills required at work
  • be able to work in a multilingual and intercultural group and community
  • identify their own strengths and be prepared to develop their own knowledge and skills
  • recognise the career opportunities in their field and have the ability to study at master’s level


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