Department of History, University of Ljubljana



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Oddelek za zgodovino, Univerza v Ljubljani
Aškerčeva 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 241 1190
Rok Stergar, Head of Department

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As part of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana, the Department of History started its activities in 1920. The department offers 2 Bachelor of Arts programmes and 2 Masters of Arts and doctorate postgraduate programmes in History with a special focus on the History of South-East Europe and the History of Slovenia. Altogether about 600 students are enrolled in one of the programmes and 19 full-time members of the academic staff. The department has its own library and is also the seat of the Union of Historical Societies of Slovenia.


History can be studied at undergraduate level independently as an individual subject or in connection with another subject. One-subject study is further divided into educational and non-educational streams. Within the two-subject study, History can be connected with practically any subject which can be studied within the Faculty of Arts, for example, Geography, Foreign Languages, Slovenian, Philosophy, etc.) as well as with the studies outside the parent faculty (Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology).

The difference between these two divisions of study lies mostly within the expert subjects. Whereas the educational stream includes subjects such as pedagogy, andragogy, didactics, methodology of teaching history, etc.), the emphasis within the non-educational stream lies on the subjects related to the field of History (Museology and Archival Studies). Additionally, the source languages (Latin, German) are compulsory subjects within the non-educational stream. Optional subjects include Italian, Czech, Polish, Slovak, Asian Philosophies, and Introduction to Statistics in History.


The study of history is classical. It is organised according to individual periods, starting with the history of ancient cultures and then continuing into the Middle Ages and through to the history of the 19th and the 20th centuries. Each period includes subjects which cover Slovene history (and the history of areas populated by the Slovenes), regional history (the history of south-east Europe) and general history (history of Europe and world history). The programme is based on the credit system and increases the choice of optional subjects. Among others, subjects such as cultural, economic, demographic and church history are introduced. The study of history further includes excursions which are usually related to the study of the ancient world (Greece, Italy, Turkey), Central Europe, the Balkans, and Slovenia.

Postgraduate studies

At the postgraduate level the department offers Masters degree programmes and guided PhD research. The study programme is individually prepared for each student, the emphasis being on subjects related to the research topic (Masters thesis) of the candidate. Professors from other faculties and from abroad take part in these programmes.

In 2007 the Joint-Degree Master in History of South-Eastern Europe was introduced together with the partner universities: the University of Graz (Austria) and the Babes-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca (Romania).

Research and international cooperation

Through the Scientific Research Institute of the Faculty of Arts, the Department of History also takes part in research work. At the moment the staff of the department takes part mainly in two research projects – "The History of the Slovenes" and "Slovenes from the National Revival until Today". In addition to department research projects individual staff members take part in various international projects.

The Department of History is a member of the Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS), BASILEUS, and COMENIUS study exchange network. It has a well-established cooperation with the University of Maribor, with the Institute of Contemporary History in Ljubljana and with some Central European universities (Zagreb, Bratislava, Klagenfurt, and Vienna), as well as with the Institute for National History in Skopje. At present efforts are being made to join some international projects, for example, ERASMUS with established student and professor exchange networks in many countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Great Britain, Hungary, Lithuania, Switzerland, and Turkey.

On a bilateral level, student exchanges, joint seminars and excursions are organised with the respective Departments of History within the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Education in Bratislava (Slovakia).

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