Institute of History

Utolsó módosítás: 2015. november 25.

Mission Statement

History is much more than studying past events, historical figures and chronology. History is multidimensional and manifested in our lives by sustaining continuity between the past and the future. Historians interpret the past by analyzing changes, transitions and processes. Our mission is to provide a professional and vivid environment for students who are seeking new dimensions and depth of historical understanding.
Students take part in a wide variety of classroom activities such as reading historical sources, writing analytical papers, participating discussions, listening to lectures, summarizing literature and developing critical thinking.
International and national conferences, lectures and workshops are held regularly in the Institute where students learn about the most recent findings in history. Besides these professional events, other activities like field trips, study visits, archeological exhibitions, cooking sessions and talks with acknowledged historians are also organized by our staff.

Why study history?

There can be various individual reasons for studying history. One may study the past seeking moral, political or societal answers. One is curious about a particular topic or period because they have made an impression on the individual's mentality. The other one is looking for questions about his family's background or his own identity. And some people may feel the urge to put another piece of the past puzzle in the right place. Whatever the intention is, one will certainly find the proper course of study at the Institute of History.
Students can select topics ranging from Society in the Middle Ages to19th Century Austro-Hungarian Monarchy to European Nation-building Processes and to Modern India. Studying history provides a wide-ranging and varied methods including analytical reading, evaluating sources, drawing charts, analyzing economic data and applying theories in practice (e.g. archeological excavations, museum installations, archiving historical documents). You can study a wide range of areas and period while being encouraged to pursue a specialized interest and individual research.

But can we get jobs with a history degree? Yes, we can and do!

In general we can say that education in the humanities is becoming a crucial asset in today's job market. History has always been a remarkable discipline that provided students with extraordinary intellectual, social and transferable managerial skills. Academics and employers equally value critical thinking, written and oral communication, the ability of conveying information concisely, complex problem-solving, data management, adaptability, endurance and problem solving among their colleagues or employees.
The study of history develops analytical and expository skills that are fundamental to benefit in all lines of work or study. Most of the students after obtaining their BA degree continue their studies at our Institute in order to get an MA. Then, after graduation some people go on to become professional historians and apply for a PhD program at our Doctoral School where under the supervision of an internationally acknowledged historian Dr. Ignác ROMSICS, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, students can conduct their individual research in the history of Hungary from 1526 to our times. Others may make different career choices including education, publishing, public service, law, museum management, philology, journalism, the military, consulting, business or research.


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