Studies encompass four periods-the ancient (Classical) world, Middle Ages, the modern era, and post-modernism. In the first year, the program of studies is composed of beginning lecture courses, exercises, and a history-writing workshop. In the second and third years, the student's program is composed of proseminars, seminars, and directed readings. In the third year, the student chooses a specialization on the basis of a period, a region, or a theme.
Order of Studies
The student's program is composed of three beginning lecture courses (each one 2 weekly-hours per semester) and three exercises (4 weekly-hours per semester each). All first-year students in the department will study a preparatory Latin or other language course that is a new language for the student ,or computer literacy (4 weekly-hours per semester), as well as a workshop in history writing.
The program includes lecture and exercise (assigned in the first semester); 4 proseminars (4 weekly-hours per semester-a proseminar for each period). A student whose first-year average is over 85 is entitled to choose two directed reading courses in the second year instead of one proseminar.
The program of studies includes two seminars in accordance with the student's personal interest in a certain area (e.g., economic history, military history, history of science, history of religion, etc.) or a region (United States, Britain, France, etc.) or period. The program must receive authorized departmental approval.
- All university regulations for studying toward the B.A. degree apply to students in the General History Department.
- A student must attend at least 80% of a course.
- Students will be given a written test in lecture courses, exercises, and proseminars.
- An average grade of 60 in the lecture course examination and the exercise examination for a certain historical period will give the student the right to participate in a proseminar in that period. In the framework of the proseminar, the student will be required, in addition to an end of semester examination, to hand in one or more papers, according to the lecturer's requirements.
- Students need to complete a preparatory Latin course and English as a foreign language before they can study third-level courses.
- A student will be accepted for the third year of studies after fulfilling all second-level obligations, including a workshop in history writing.
- Students must write two seminar papers. In the framework of a seminar, each student must
- - participate actively;
- - present a comprehensive research paper (two copies to be given to the department secretariat).
- First semester seminar-last date for presenting the paper is the last day of classes during that academic year.
Second semester seminar-last date for presenting the paper is the first day of classes of the following academic year.
- In addition to the requirements detailed above, every lecturer is entitled to assign other requirements as the lecturer sees fit.
- In exceptional cases, students will be allowed entry into courses without fulfilling the prerequisites. Such exceptions need the consent of the course lecturer and the approval of the department chairperson.
- A student will earn a final grade in the department only when all requirements have been fulfilled.
Admission to the department is conditional on the general conditions of admission of the University at the level required by the department.