One undergraduate (Bachelor Degree) study programme in the field of history, ‘History’ (programme code 612V10002), is available under the aegis of the Department of History at present.
Contents of the Programme
The objective of undergraduate (Bachelor Degree) study programme in the field of history at Klaipėda University is to make students understanding and knowledge of the past more profound and their capacities to perceptively communicate such understanding and knowledge by formulating an independent judgment. Students are taught to critically approach and deal with a wide range of historical sources and literature, assess significance and relevance of the materials they are dealing with in search of answers to important issues pertaining to political, social and cultural aspects of the past and the present. In the process of undergraduate studies, abilities of students to formulate their ideas on such issues in a concise and concrete, yet precise, manner are trained and developed; also, motivation to develop, deepen and update the acquired knowledge on a continuous basis is promoted. Studies in the field of history provide for the key research skills necessary for collection of information, its competent analysis, systemization and evaluation, including basic skills required to pursue historical research on one’s own. Upon completion of undergraduate studies, graduates acquire a wide-range humanitarian education and competence giving them the perspective to work in the areas of tourism, cultural management, archaeology, archival management, museology, heritage preservation, teaching, communications, as well as in multiple other fields requiring the skills of information acquisition and collection, its critical processing, handling and presentment, analytical thinking, and knowledge of foreign languages. Furthermore, undergraduates in history studies obtain qualification providing them with an opportunity to continue learning under the second level study programmes (graduate studies for Master’s Degree) at Klaipėda University or other Lithuanian and foreign universities.
The study programme offered by the Department of History of Klaipėda University differs from undergraduate (Bachelor Degree) study programmes in the field of history available in other universities of Lithuania in placing emphasis on regional history studies. In addition to the systematic knowledge of the European history from ancient times to the present period, and the history of Lithuania State and society in the period from the 13th through the 20th century, which is imparted on student during lectures, much attention is also given to the history of East Central Europe, including special courses dedicated to the history of the countries of the Baltic region, specifically, the histories of Poland, Russia, Germany, Prussia, Scandinavian countries, Latvia and Estonia. A certain part of classes in the first and third years of studies is designated to discuss theoretical and methodological aspects of a historian’s work. In the first and second years of studies, students enhance their philological knowledge by studying foreign languages, which are indispensable for the qualified work of historians when dealing with sources and literature written in foreign languages, in addition, students obtain essential knowledge of allied sciences (philosophy, sociology). Students are free to select the major subjects of their specialization and optional general courses offered by the University. All the students are required to undergo practical training in the fields of archival and archaeological study; the aim of such practical training is to deepen practical working skills of a student for the work with written historical sources and for participation in archaeological field research.
Lectures account for one share of the undergraduate (Bachelor Degree) study programme in the field of history offered by the Department of History of Klaipėda University. The remaining share (⅔ of hourly workload) is intended for self-study and independent work, which efficacy and quality essentially determine the skills and competences acquired by students. Independent work of students encompasses preparation for classes and seminars, self-study of literature, writing papers and essays, developing independent research for term papers and bachelor thesis. Under the guidance of research supervisors, term papers are written in the second and third years of studies, while the bachelor’s thesis is written during the last year of studies. These papers are defended publicly, they are assessed by official opponents and the committee composed of the Department’s lecturers.
The overall scope of the study programme is 240 credits.