Bachelor’s Degree in History


Career Objectives

Achieve training regarding basic concepts, theories, methods and fundamental contents of the research discipline of History, as a preliminary stage to continue postgraduate academic studies as a master’s degree or PhD, or History Pedagogy professionals.


Professional Profile

These graduates are oriented to carry out studies and research about the social, political, economic, cultural processes, proper of the human activity, occurring in different times and places.

Performing postgraduate studies, they carry out the work of historians, whose task is to study all the facts of the man’s past, investigate and discover new historical events, supporting the criticism, reflection, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of historical social processes, achieve a thorough understanding of social phenomena over time.

This is supported by the use of research methods and techniques in social science, in the management of information sources and an interdisciplinary approach of the social situation.

The purpose is to disseminate and preserve our historic past, intervene in the solution of social problems of our time or communicating them through teaching.

It is a serious effort to understand social life and social psychology of the human being over time.

Why all this?

To interpret our current social reality correctly, understand our development process as a community, for a better planning of solutions to problems of our society, based on a deep knowledge of its development over time.

It is very important. If this is not the case, it is the same as if you put yourself at the head of an institution, and you arrive making changes without knowing why everything has been arranged like that and for what reason it responds. Obviously, the changes you will make will not be optimal.


Specific tasks or activities carried out in the profession

He investigates historic facts, collecting and recording testimonies of contemporary witnesses of events through their written accounts such as reports, letters, literature, etc; tribunal’s archives, legislative assemblies, religious or commercial institutions and non-written information obtained from material remains of vanished civilizations, such as architectural elements, applied or decorative art, grave goods, etc. All these and many other sources provide evidence with which the historian deciphers historical facts.

With all this information, we analyze political philosophy we had, ancient and contemporary theories and practices of their organizational systems, institutions and political behavior of the period.

The historian must respect the facts, judge the testimonies at his disposal critically, avoid errors as much as possible and provide a convincing and intellectually satisfactory interpretation.

He applies theories and historical interpretation models in the analysis of contemporary social processes, detecting general, national or local trends, socio-economic cycles, political and social dynamics, behaviors of change agents, interests of groups, social mobility, etc. He can extrapolate, that is, by detecting a trend it is possible to anticipate the events that will occur, because they will very likely respond to that trend. Or if the human being through history has responded in the same way to certain events, it is very likely that in the face of the repetition of such event, he will respond the same way as he always has done, either a political, economic fact, etc.

He advises on all those issues in which knowledge of historical background is required, such as participating in the planning of solutions to problems of our society based on deep knowledge of its historical development.

He creates and participates in interdisciplinary research.

He integrates evaluation panels for research projects.

He performs research in fields such as political philosophy or ancient or contemporary theories and practices of systems, institutions and political behavior.

He participates in the development of cultural plans, programs and projects.

He conducts arbitration and expert reports referring to historical facts and testimonies.

He disseminates historical knowledge through publications.

He carries out teaching, cultural management and academic activities.

He creates or takes part in teams that manage and work in historical-cultural heritage, participating as an expert and consultant in historical matters and in matters of cultural heritage preservation.


Occupational Field

As Graduate in History:

In higher education institutions, they can perform teaching tasks in their first levels as well as participating in specialized research.

In publishing houses for the manufacturing of texts and reference works in world and American history matters.

If they complete Pedagogy studies, they can perform as a History teacher in secondary school.

Carry out Postgraduate studies.

As Master or Doctor they can perform in:

Research Centers in History and Social Science depending on national and private universities

Foundations and Cultural Centers

National Museums

City Museums

Research journals, taking part in their editorial boards

Governmental Research Institutes and historical archives

Universities, in their teaching performance

Libraries

Documentation Centers


Estimated time of College years

Bachelor’s degree in History: 4 years

Main courses considered in the study plan

Basic Training Courses

-World Geography, History of Greece, History of Rome, Universal Art History, General *Anthropology, Physical Geography, History of Contemporary Art, Pre-Columbian Era and Conquest, Local and Regional History

Professional Area

Professional Dimension of Pedagogy

*Theory of History, Trends and Problems of *Historiography

Theory and Analysis of Social Sciences

Historical Research Methodology

Christianity and the Formation of Europe

Theory and Analysis of Economy

Historiography of the country

Consolidation of Christian Civilization

European Colonialism

Political Science

Fundamentals of Christian Religion

Formation of the Modern State XV – XVII centuries

Hispanic America

Independence and formation of the State of the country

Civics

History of Political Thought

International Relations

Baroque, Enlightenment and Modernism XVIII and XIX century

Economic and Social History

Political Philosophy, The Age of Revolutions

Latin America in the 20th century

Contemporary History of the country I, II

Intermediate Teaching Practicum

Balance and Perspectives of the 20th Century

Specialties

Postgraduate Studies in History, Social Science and Political Science in national and foreign universities.

Diplomatic Career


Vocation, Skills and Interests required in the candidate for this career


Interests

-Curiosity for the world where he lives and the desire to understand it.

-Curiosity for ancient civilization and everything related to primitive peoples.

-Interest in preserving our history.

-Interest in other cultures, meeting different people and customs.

-Interest in approaching another way of thinking and acting, other way of interpreting the world.

-Observant of everyday social and political events.

-Critical and questioning of social and cultural reality.

-Reading and writing habits

-Readiness towards analytical and comprehensive reading

-Taste for researching, with interest in scrutinizing social facts and find the relationship between them, as well as their origin.

-Curiosity for social theories and appreciation for scientific methodology.

-Varied social interests and interest in integrating these different visions and give them coherence.

-Interest in generating knowledge in the social sector.


Skills

-Analytical, ability to scrutinize social facts and find the relationship between them.

-Rigorous and objective in his expressions.

- Ability to synthesize, that is, ease to reduce and accumulation of diverse data to an idea that represents them as a whole (conclusive idea, summary)

-Ease of oral and written expression

-Reading Comprehension


-Reading Skills


Vocation

Desire to understand the society where he lives and that this leads to a positive evolution, carrying out research on its history and making these contributions known to social sciences

Or any specific dream or longing which feels involved or oriented towards this direction.


Candidate Personality

Critical Spirit

Openness, tolerance and respect for the way of thinking of others

Methodical

Patient

Observant

Organized


Work Scope

Urban, Management of bibliographic, computer and archival material


Related Careers

Sociology, Social Anthropology, Archeology, History Pedagogy, Political Science, International Relations

Glossary of Terms

*General Anthropology: General knowledge of different cultures, especially in today’s societies and communities.

*Historiography: It is the written record of what is known about the human lives and societies of the past and the way in which historians have tried to study them.

*Historiography of the country: It studies historians and the way to make history in our country.

*Theory of History: Conceptualization (get an idea), analysis and reflection of the main problems of history.

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