481 BA History, bachelor

Target Group and Admission Requirements

This study programme is suitable for all who are interested in the historical premises which have resulted in today’s social conditions. These premises can be traced to various societies and cultures, and the Bachelor’s study programme will provide an opportunity to view the past from many different angles and to focus on different themes and periods. The study programme includes two main approaches: a general historical approach and the history of ideas. For more information on the choice of courses, see below.

Aim of the Programme

A Bachelor’s degree in history provides a detailed understanding of society, culture and thought in a historical perspective. The study programme may be applied to many fields of endeavour, such as teaching, journalism/mass-media, cultural activities, museum and archive work and procedures in public and private administration. The study programme allows 80 or more ECTS credits for specialisation in either history or the history of ideas.

Learning outcome

By the end of the study programme a candidate with a Bachelor’s degree in History will have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate has:

  • An overview of the key developments in world, European, and Norwegian history
  • Knowledge of historical events and periodization of them within a chronological framework
  • Detailed knowledge of one or more specific historical themes
  • Knowledge and understanding of the methodologies used in various fields of history
  • Understanding of historical research debates


The candidate is able to:

  • Criticize, comment or edit texts and documents in accordance with the general guidelines of criticism for the discipline of history
  • Communicate verbally about the subject through its terminologies and techniques
  • Define a field of research that is likely to contribute to historiographical knowledge and debate
  • Analyze historical data, sources and literature, and draw independent conclusions from such material
  • Organize complex historical information in a logically consistent manner
  • Use information and search tools in conjunction with bibliographical material, archival material and electronic references

General competence

The candidate:

  • Has the ability to communicate the subject material orally and in writing to both the general public and within professional contexts
  • Has the ability to work independently with a given topic and question
  • Is aware of, and has the ability to apply, knowledge, techniques and perspectives from other disciplines
  • Has the ability to engage with new problem areas and analyze issues from several perspectives
  • Is aware of, and has respect for, perspectives arising from other national and cultural origins
  • Is critically aware of the relationships between contemporary events and processes and the past
  • The study programme provides the necessary academic foundation for teaching in schools (Years 8 - 10) and at the upper secondary level

Curriculum and structure

Bachelor’s degree in History, with specialisation in historical topics; an example of the combination of courses that may be chosen. Please note that the subjects offered may vary from year to year.
Code Course title Credits O/V *) Credits pr. semester
  S1(A) S2(V) S3(A) S4(V) S5(A) S6(V)
3501 From the Birth of Democracy to the Fall
of the Bastille. World History before
10.00 O 10          
3502 Towards one World. World History after
10.00 O 10          
3504 Overview of Norwegian History before
10.00 O   10        
3505 Overview of Norwegian History after 1800 10.00 O   10        
3524 Examen Philosophicum (Foundation Course) 10.00 O     10      
Overview of Nordic History 10.00 O     10      
3525 Examen Facultatum (preparatory
10.00 O       10    
xxxx Elective Course 2008/2009 10.00 V       10    
3356 The Age of Enlightenment 10.00 V         10  
3312 Art History 10.00 V         10  
3328 Fra antikken til renessansen 10.00 V         10  
3311 History of Culture 10.00 V           10
3358 Modernity and Cultural Criticism 10.00 V           10
Total: 30 30 30 30 30 30
*) O - Mandatory course, V - Optional course

It is expected that the introductory course in philosophy (Examen philosophicum) and the faculty-specific preparatory course (Examen facultatum) will be taken during the first three semesters.

Choice of specialisation in History: At least 80 of the 180 ECTS credits must consist of subjects within History, and Examen philosophicum and Examen facultatum represent 20 ECTS credits (10 ECTS credits each). Students may also extend the History courses to 90 ECTS credits. The remaining 80 (or 70) ECTS credits may be chosen from the courses in the following study programmes: History of Ideas, Norwegian or English, or other courses at the Department.

Choice of specialisation in the History of Ideas: At least 80 of the 180 ECTS credits must consist of courses chosen from the History of Ideas; Examen philosophicum and Examen facultatum represent 20 ECTS credits (10 ECTS credits each). Students may also extend History of Ideas courses to the extent of 90 ECTS credits. It is recommended that at least 20 ECTS credits are chosen from general history courses. However, students may also choose to take all the 80 ECTS credits within the History study programme, or courses from Norwegian or English study programmes, or other courses at the Department.
Please note that it is possible to take the courses in a different order than the one shown in the table above.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The instruction in the study programme will be given in the form of lectures and seminars. In the seminars, the syllabus literature will be discussed in detail. Students may be required to submit individual written semester assignments or meet other requirements, including obligatory supervision or other requirements with regard to participation.

For more information, please see the curriculum for 220179 History, 1-year programme and 220400 History of Ideas, 1-year programme.

Assessment Methods

All the courses will include a final written examination. In order to be permitted to take the final examination students must have submitted semester assignments in advance, and met any other mandatory requirements by the specified date. For more information, please refer to the individual course descriptions.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Eline Flesjø <eline.flesjoSPAMFILTER@hit.no> - 19/02/2013