Is a degree in history worth anything?

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History can be studied at the University of Würzburg with a bachelor's or master's degree. In addition, the subject is available in the teacher training course as a teaching subject for elementary, middle, secondary and grammar schools and as a didactic subject for elementary school, middle school and teaching for special needs education.

There is also the bachelor's minor "Historical Basic Sciences", which can be combined with all major subjects (except history itself).

In addition, bachelor's degrees in history can study the master's in medieval and early modern times. In the winter semester 2014/15, the master's degree in Cultural Landscapes was also introduced.

History (Bachelor)

Course of study

graduationBachelor (B.A.) in 6 semesters
Characteristics /
Combinability
120-point main subject
Can be combined with all 60-point minor subjects except historical basic sciences
(Major / minor study)

75-point major
Can be combined with all other 75-point major subjects (two-major subjects)

60-point minor
Can be combined with all 120-point major subjects (major / minor study)
Start of studiespossible for a winter and summer semester
  

Admission / application

Admission restrictionno
Qualifying Examinationno

History (Master)

Course of study

graduationMaster's (M.A.) in 4 semesters
Expressions120 points single subject,
cannot be combined with other subjects

45 points main subject,
Can be combined with all other 45-point major subjects (two-major subjects)
Start of studiespossible for a winter and summer semester
 

Admission / application

Admission restrictionAdmission-free, but subject-specific admission requirements (attention: application required! information on deadlines and procedures)
Aptitude test

No

History (state examination)

Course of study

graduationState examination
Characteristics /
Combinability
Subject for teaching in elementary school, middle school, secondary school, grammar school; Didactic subject for teaching in elementary school, middle school and special education,
Depending on the type of school, can only be combined with certain subjects (see information on the respective teaching post)
Start of studiesPossible for a winter and summer semester (primary school teaching qualification only for the winter semester)
 

Admission / application

Admission restrictionno

The Institute

The Institute for History is part of the Philosophical Faculty (historical, philological, cultural and geographic sciences) of the University of Würzburg.

It has the following chairs and professorships:

  • Chair of Ancient History
  • Chair for Medieval History and Basic Historical Sciences
  • Chair for Franconian regional history with a special focus on the Middle Ages
  • Chair of Modern History
  • Professorship for Modern and Contemporary, Bavarian State History
  • Chair of Modern History
  • Professorship for Modern History and History Didactics

Almost all of the chairs and professorships at the Institute for History at the University of Würzburg are located in Building 7 of the Philosophy Center on the Am Hubland university campus. Only the Chair for Ancient History is spatially separated from the institute and is located in the south wing of the Würzburg Residence on the third floor.

All important and current information about research and teaching at the Institute for History can be found on the institute's homepage.

The bulletin board of the Institute for History is located opposite the entrance to the history library immediately before the passage to building 7. You will find the following information on the bulletin board:

  • Dates and rooms of the courses
  • Appointments for lecturers' office hours
  • Dates and results of the intermediate examination
  • Dates and deadlines for the state examination
  • Announcement of lectures in the institute
  • further important information for students

Find out more here on a regular basis!

Subject of the subject

The task of historical science is to collect all the testimonies of the past and to examine them with a critical comparison for their historical knowledge value in order to infer historical reality. The modern science of history developed from the insight that everything that is has become historical and has been mediated historically. Since then, historicizing knowledge and thinking has been a basis from which people understand themselves and the reality surrounding them. History asks about the origin, context and development of human actions, experiences, ways of thinking and thus conveys knowledge of political, legal, economic, social, religious, ideal, cultural structures, systems, events and processes.

Historical knowledge is gained empirically, i.e. it is the result of source studies. The historical material (= historical sources) as an object of historical research includes human transmission of all kinds, written and non-written: documentary texts (documents, files, contracts, correspondence, tax registers, etc.), narrative texts that contain representations and views of the past (chronicles, Biographies, memoirs, travelogues, etc.), objects (graves, streets, coins, buildings, works of art, etc.), facts (law, names, language, chronology, etc.). In recent times the sources have become more and more numerous; In addition to ever increasing amounts of files and printed material such as newspapers, economic reports, government and party programs, etc., photographs, films and sound recordings were added in the 20th century. The science of history should record all these historically attested phenomena as precisely, impartially and completely as possible and make their connections, conditions and effects understandable. Everywhere, authenticity, place and time of origin, cause and originator, situation dependency, connection with other sources and agreement with them must be checked and the value of the certificate assessed accordingly. Since the tradition is often fragmentary, inadequate and not always unambiguous, the historian often finds himself dependent on combinations and hypotheses.

The development of historical science is characterized by a progressive, incomplete and incomplete differentiation and specialization. There are temporal divisions (= epoch disciplines): ancient, medieval, modern, recent history, contemporary history; regional differentiations (= regional disciplines): national history, Eastern European history, East Asian history, Anglo-American history, history of the Third World; systematic classifications (= subject disciplines): political history, legal, constitutional, economic, social, religious, ecclesiastical, human, cultural, technical history, etc. The basic historical sciences deal with the development and preparatory criticism of historical sources: In the narrower sense, this includes palaeography (handwriting) including epigraphy (inscription) and papyrology (papyrus), diplomatics (document theory) and records, chronology (theory of time calculation), genealogy (gender and family studies), sphragistics (seal studies), heraldry (Heraldry) and numismatics (coinage). In a broader sense, history also makes use of subjects other than auxiliary sciences, historical geography, social sciences and others; but we are dealing here with independent sciences which have their own methods. In addition, there is the prehistory and early history of non-written times, which therefore primarily makes use of the methods and aids of archeology.

Many sciences have historicized and therefore developed historically oriented sub-areas (theology, law, philologies, etc.). This results in the need for interdisciplinary cooperation for historical studies. Ancient history, classical philology, classical archeology, Egyptology and ancient oriental studies have been working together for a long time. Numerous research topics are examined in an interdisciplinary manner under historical aspects, e.g. the "town and village history" by historians, geographers and sociologists. By capturing everything as something that has become, historical science opens up access to many areas of scientific orientation and to the results of a wide variety of subjects. History also opens up an understanding of one's own epoch. Only from a personal historical point of view can the historian empathize with other forms of thought and action, with strange times and cultures. Only those who are aware of the present can reflect on the past.

Bachelor degree

Bachelor 120 and 75 ECTS

After successfully completing the history major, students have the following skills:

  • historical knowledge from all historical epochs, which includes not only German but also aspects of European and world history as well as aspects of comparative national history that focuses on a fixed area
  • Methods and working techniques of historical studies
  • the ability to independently supplement the basic knowledge acquired during the course as scientific knowledge advances
  • the critical examination of historical sources as well as the results of historical research
  • Rational judgment on historical issues, which at the same time requires a solid general education
  • the ability to impart knowledge about the historical character of the present as a contribution to political education and the ability to participate politically in a democratic society.

Bachelor 60 ECTS

After successfully completing their history studies, students have the following skills:

  • basic historical knowledge from all historical epochs, including topics from non-German and regional history
  • an overview of the fundamental technical relationships within historical studies as well as the interdependence of the subject with neighboring disciplines
  • the ability to communicate about historical content and problems both with colleagues and with a broader, historically interested public
  • the awareness that historical knowledge is an important part of political education, which promotes the ability to participate politically in a democratic society and enables critical discussion.

Basics- and orientation test

In some subjects there is a basic and orientation test (GOP). This determines whether students have the basic knowledge for the subject and are suitable for the course.

There is currently no GOP in history (120, 75 and 60 ECTS) (subject-specific provisions for ASPO 2015, § 5).

In the case of a combination of subjects, please also note the provisions for the other subject.

For students who started their studies before WS 15/16, other regulations may apply. If in doubt, please contact the examination office.

Masters course

history

History can be studied as a single master’s degree (120 ECTS) or as part of a two-major course (45 ECTS each). The study of history sees itself as a scientifically oriented specialist training. It creates the basis for a further professional career in science or for more highly qualified activities in the field of history. A wide range of courses provides skills in the various historiographical sub-disciplines and in the discourse of current historical-theoretical questions. The course of study makes it possible to apply the entire breadth of the subject as well as to develop a specific professional profile by setting individual priorities. In detail, the following are conveyed:

  • In-depth examination of selected topics from all historical epochs, which includes not only German but also aspects of European and world history as well as aspects of comparative national history that focuses on a fixed area
  • the ability to reflect historical research results using the methods of historical work, to identify research problems and desiderata independently and to develop solutions on the basis of well-founded specialist knowledge
  • the ability to impart knowledge about the historical character of the present as a contribution to political education and the ability to participate politically in a democratic society
  • the research experience required for any subsequent doctoral studies.

With the final thesis, the students show that they are able to process a historical task methodically and scientifically independently to a thematically and temporally limited scope.

Admission requirements

A successfully completed first degree (usually a bachelor's degree) is a prerequisite for starting the master’s degree. In addition, certain technical admission requirements (skills acquired in the first degree) must be met. For the individual master’s degree (120 ECTS) these are:

  • Proof of 75 ECTS in the field of history as part of the first degree
  • Knowledge of English and another modern foreign language at level B1 of the common European reference framework
  • Assured knowledge of Latin

For history as part of a major-major master’s degree (history with 45 ECTS), the following admission requirements must be met:

  • Proof of 60 ECTS in the field of history as part of the first degree
  • Knowledge of English and another modern foreign language at level B1 of the common European reference framework
  • Assured knowledge of Latin

The relevant aptitude committee decides on the existence of the technical admission requirements and the given suitability as part of the application process. If the admission requirements are met, the applicant is admitted to the master’s degree (subject-specific provisions for ASPO 2015, § 4).

Further master’s courses

"Middle Ages and Early Modern Times"

Graduates of the bachelor's degree programs in history also have the opportunity to study the master’s degree in Medieval and Early Modern Times. Eleven medieval faculties from the University of Würzburg are involved in the interdisciplinary master’s program. Students can choose a focus area from six disciplines and take modules from other subject areas in the elective area.

"Collections - Provenance - Cultural Heritage"

The interdisciplinary MA course "Collections - Provenance - Cultural Heritage" introduced by the Institutes for Art History, Museology and History in the winter semester 2016/2017 prepares for the long-neglected field of scientifically founded and at the same time practice-oriented collection and provenance research.

The focus is on social responsibility towards the material inheritance that has been handed down. The basis for this is the examination of the development, goals and functions of collections and other knowledge stores; because work on the collection object can only take place if it is scientifically developed, preserved in a restorative manner and appropriately presented. This includes source and material science methods for recording and processing as well as skills for their preservation and conservation. In the area of ​​provenance research, ethical and legal issues are another focus that concern the handling, processing and digitization of cultural assets.

Information on the course and the admission requirements can be found on the information page of the departments involved.

Combinations with German and English are possible for teaching at grammar schools and teaching at secondary schools. A combination of French and Latin is also possible for teaching at grammar schools. History can also be chosen as a subject for teaching in elementary schools and teaching in secondary schools. In addition, history can be studied as an additional subject (third subject) for all types of schools. History is possible as a didactic subject as part of the didactics of a subject group in middle school and as part of elementary school didactics (only if German, math, music or sport are chosen as a subject).

Due to the cooperation between history and social studies in the upper secondary school in Bavaria, it is advisable to add social studies to a combination of subjects with history.

The standard period of study is nine semesters for teaching at grammar schools and seven semesters for teaching at elementary schools, middle schools and secondary schools. General information on the structure of teacher training courses can be found on the state examination pages.

The basis for all teacher training courses in Bavaria is

Teaching Examination Regulations I (LPO I) of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture. The LPO I regulates the admission and implementation of state examinations and specifies minimum content-related and formal requirements for teacher training courses. The very free requirements of the LPO I with regard to the design of individual study programs are specified at the University of Würzburg by the general study and examination regulations for teacher training programs (LASPO).

The individual teacher training courses in history were designed on the basis of LPO I and LASPO. For this purpose, subject-specific regulations (FSB) and a subject description (SFB) have been drawn up for each degree program. Among other things, the SFBs also contain a list of all modules relevant to the course, divided into a compulsory area (all modules must be completed in the course of the course) and an elective area (a certain number of ECTS points must be achieved). The description of the subject can be found in the appendix to the subject-specific provisions.

Relevant information (curriculum plans, subject descriptions, etc.) can be found on the institute's website.

linguistic proficiency

Knowledge of two modern foreign languages ​​(including English) at level B1 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" as well as a secure knowledge of Latin are expressly recommended for the Bachelor major in History. Solid historical basic knowledge at high school level, the willingness to intensively independently read relevant sources and scientific literature on the basis of relevant reading lists are also strongly recommended.

For history to become a teacher at grammar schools, you have to prove your knowledge of Latin and another foreign language at level B1 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" when you register for the First State Examination. At history for that Teaching at elementary, middle or secondary schools knowledge at level A2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" in two foreign languages ​​or knowledge of Latin and knowledge of another foreign language at level A2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" is a prerequisite for admission to the First State Examination.

The required knowledge of Latin does not have to be available at the start of the course, but can also be acquired during the course.

In order to be admitted to the master’s degree in history, knowledge of Latin must be proven at the time of application.

The doctorate is based on the doctoral regulations of the Philosophical Faculty. A previous completion of the diploma or master’s examination or a master’s degree is required for the doctorate. The doctorate consists of a dissertation, which must contain essential research results in a limited thematic area, and an oral doctoral examination. This is carried out in the form of a disputation, which is essentially equivalent to defending the dissertation. There is the possibility of doing a doctorate as part of the Würzburg Graduate School.

Occupational fields

There is no job description of the historian; his main field of activity is traditionally in the teaching profession. Outside of the school service and academic work at universities and research institutes, there are only limited employment opportunities that are typical for historians. At the same time, thanks to their broad education, historians have a good starting position for various, more or less non-subject areas, e.g. in:

  • Archive, library, documentation centers
  • Adult education
  • Media (Publishers, newspapers, magazines, radio, television)
  • Culture (Museums, exhibitions, preservation of monuments, Goethe institutes, historical societies)
  • Non-subject areas (Public administration, companies, associations, political advice)

Starting a career here requires early orientation, persistence, Internships during your studies, Maintaining contacts and acquiring additional qualifications (e.g. IT, rhetoric).

The fact that "niches" are found again and again should not hide the fact that the job situation is generally very tense due to the large number of applicants.

You can find more information on the topic of professional fields for historians in the reader History studied - what then?

You can also find information on possible areas of activity that is worth reading on the Career Center website in the brochure Careers for humanities scholars.

At the beginning of the course, an introductory event for freshmen takes place on the second day of lectures, in which organizational and technical information is given and questions are clarified. For time and place, please refer to the current course catalog (under "Introductory Courses at the Beginning of Studies").

In addition to the introductory event, the institute's assistants are available in the first week of the semester to give advice on subjects and to guide the library. The dates can be found on the bulletin board and on the institute's homepage.

The Student Council Phil. I offers individual study advice for freshmen in the student council room during the period of enrollment. In addition, a freshman weekend is offered at the beginning of the semester. The exact dates and contact details can be found on the notice board in front of the student council and on the student council's homepage.

Please note that you have to register early (before the start of the lectures!) To take part in courses. So take care of them in good time Creation of your timetable! General instructions for creating a timetable can be found on the website of the Central Student Advisory Service. The course plans provide information about the structure of the course. Please note: There is no fixed sequence prescribed or useful for attending the advanced modules! The order given in the official curriculum is therefore an arbitrarily selected example; you do not necessarily have to start with Ancient History.

You can get help with planning the timetable from the academic advisors, the student council and the central student advisory service.

The institute already offers a few weeks before the start of the actual lecture period Preliminary courses in the sub-areas of Ancient and Medieval History, which are intended to ensure a smooth start to your studies. You can find information on this on the Propaedeutic Course of the Philosophical Faculty.

Further useful information for first-year students can be found on the website of the institute.

Examination and study regulations

Bachelor / Master:

Teaching position:

The teaching degree in Bavaria is regulated by the teaching degree I (LPO I) (new version from March 2008):

Studies in Würzburg also follow the general study and examination regulations for teacher training courses (LASPO). The subject-specific provisions (FSBs) of the individual teaching / didactic subjects and the educational sciences as well as the regulations in the supplementary provisions on the "free area" are also relevant:

  • LASPO
  • FSBs
  • Free area (there under "teaching post")

All exam-relevant topics for the second state examination are regulated by the Teaching Examination Regulations II (LPO II):

Addresses

Institute

University of Würzburg
Institute for History
At the Hubland
D-97074 Würzburg

University of Würzburg
Institute for History
Chair of Ancient History
Residenzplatz 2, Gate A
D-97070 Würzburg

Homepage of the institute

Student Advice

The Central Student Advisory Service helps and advises on all general and interdisciplinary questions.

Student Advice
Klara-Oppenheimer-Weg 32 (Hubland Nord campus), 97074 Würzburg
Postal address: Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg

Open consultation hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wed 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone service: 0931 / 31-83183 (Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Email: [email protected]

Academic advice

Bachelor / Master, modularized teaching post (specialist science)

Dr. Hanna Sonkajärvi
Chair of Modern History
Philosophy building, room 7 / O / 7
Telephone 31-83972
Mail [email protected]

PD Dr. Jorit Wintjes
Institute for History, Chair for Ancient History
Residenzplatz 2, Gate A (south wing), 97070 Würzburg
Room 3.32
Tel .: 0931 / 31-80272
Mail: [email protected]

Office hours: see homepage

Teaching qualification (subject didactics, didactics subject)

Dr. Alexander Tittmann
Institute for History, Professorship for Modern History and History Didactics
Philosophy building, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg
Room 7 / O / 15
Tel .: 0931 / 31-85532
Email: [email protected]
Office hours: see homepage

Specialization module exams (except didactics)

Dr. Dr. Benjamin Hasselhorn
Chair of Modern History
Philosophy building, room 7 / O / 18
Telephone 31-80922
Mail [email protected]

Crediting of study achievements

Dr. Hanna Sonkajärvi
Chair of Modern History
Philosophy building, room 7 / O / 7
Telephone 31-83972
Mail [email protected]

Dr. Katharina Kemmer
Chair for Franconian Regional History
Philosophy building, room 7 / E / 17
Telephone 31-83236
Mail [email protected]

 

Examination Offices

Visiting address: Josef-Martin-Weg 55 (Hubland Nord campus), 97074 Würzburg
Postal address: Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg
Office hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Wed 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Bachelor / Master:
Examination office for the courses of study at the Philosophical Faculty
Tel. 0931 / 31-81354 (Mrs. Eder)
Fax: 0931/31 - 82102 (Please specify course of study!)
Email: [email protected]
Homepage

Teaching profession modularized:
Examination office for modularised teaching
Mrs. Seufert, Mrs. Stoeck, Mrs. Gregg
Tel. 0931 / 31- 82709, - 80937, -83887, -82884
Fax. 0931 / 31-82102 (Please specify course of study!)
Email: [email protected]
Homepage

Teaching qualification state examination:
Examination office for teacher training
Phone: 0931 / 31-
-82223 (high school, Mr. Spiegel, Mrs. Hantke, Mrs. Kieselbach)
-82609 (elementary school / secondary school, Mrs. Kuchenmeister)
-82258 (middle school, Mrs. Zimmer)
Fax: 0931 / 31-82102 (Please specify course of study!)
Email: [email protected]
Homepage