History Degree

Degree Historian
Level Under Graduate
Duration Eight (8) semesters
Number of credits 123
Class Schedule Day
Modality On-Campus Learning
SNIES Code 3918
National Accreditation 2005: CNA (Consejo Nacional de Acreditación - National Accreditation Council) for 8 years

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Objectives

  • Developing analytical, critical and reflective skills in students, to be implemented in the study of different human societies of the past.
  • Promoting the ability of students to relate the variables of time and space in their analysis and diagnosis of society.
  • Providing knowledge on different historical processes, about Colombia, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
  • Developing communication skills with academic peers of different areas of Social Science.

Study Plan

The History curriculum has a minimum duration of eight semesters, during which students must complete a total of 120 credits organized around 6 academic areas:

Basic year of Social Science: In the first two semesters, students will take courses offered by the School of Social Science, in order to become acquainted with core theoretical and methodological problems in the study of society, from an interdisciplinary approach.

Area theoretical-methodological education: The objective of this area is to provide students with basic concepts of the field and knowledge of the historiographic trends, in order to discuss theoretical issues that support historical research. It also aims at developing research skills in students through techniques for handling and use of different sources.

Area of education in social science: the syllabus offers the possibility to expand knowledge in other areas of Social Science, in this case, Geography.

Area of education in History: It begins in the second year and it finishes with the end of the course. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the analysis of different historical processes that have occurred in different periods and geographic areas. The area is divided in the following fields: Colombian History, Latin American History and World History. This area ends with two elective seminars, where students can implement the conceptual and methodological tools developed throughout the course, according to a specific research topic.

Uniandes Basic Cycle: In order to provide a comprehensive education to its students, the University offers courses in basic areas: Arts and Humanities, Social Science, and Science and Technology.

Graduation project options: After finishing the subjects in the History syllabus, students can choose one of four graduation project modalities:

  1. Dissertation: students can conduct their own research, under the direction of a professor, and submit the results in a text no longer than 60 pages.
  2. Teaching practice: students can work as teachers in the area of History, in an educational entity, for one semester.
  3. Research assistance: students can work as assistants in an ongoing research project developed by a professor.
  4. Co-terminal: after completing 80% of the credits, students can enroll in any Master's degree course offered by the University. Master's degree courses taken under this modality will be recognized as equivalent for undergraduate and graduate credits.

Lines of Research

Contemporary History

History as an area of research has been typically associated with the study of the past. However, since the 1960s a new field of history has emerged: the study of the present. This Histoire du Temps Présent for the French, Zeitgeschichte for the Germans, which we could summarize as an non-conjuncture analysis of the conjuncture, is a legitimate field in international historical production. This field is focus of special attention by professors of the Department in lines of research and studies on: globalization, international relations, culture of illegality, especially in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Colombia in contemporary times.

History of Science

Scientific knowledge and technological development have played a determining role in the creation of the modern world. Any attempt to study and understand history, culture, economy and society in general, must include in their analysis the social processes that bring about scientific and technological changes.

The systematic study of history of science and technology and their close relations with economic, ideological, religious and political factors, is a relatively recent activity. In the last decades, however, the studies about science, technology and society have remarkably expanded and have become a venue for discussion and convergence among areas such as philosophy, history, sociology, natural science and engineering. Particularly the professors in the Department who work along these lines have paid special attention to the relation between science and empire.

Colonial History

The relevance of colonial history revolves around the necessary dialogue between present and past. In this sense, the understanding of colonial past is considered a possibility to enlighten current social processes. The studies on the cultural parameters of the native population, as well as Africans and Europeans, who migrated by force or voluntarily, the mixture of races in the Colombian context, political culture, the development of mining, processes of territory appropriation, organization of territory, as ways to control the population, as well as responses to domination, are some of the expressions of colonial life, whose consequences on social and cultural life can be observed in the present.

Afro-Colombian Studies

This line of research is devoted to research in different realities related to the African diaspora in Colombia. The groups have developed historical and anthropological research, whose topics comprise areas as diverse as: gender, territory, social, geographic, religious and symbolic issues.

Conceptions of Conquest

It is difficult to find an event with as profound and diverse repercussions on Western history as the discovery and conquest of the American continent. Among the multiple approaches through which the subject can be analyzed, it can also be understood as an event that questioned a certain view of the world, of the conquering society, which led to a rethinking based on the basic notion of man, society and political and religious institutions. This had repercussions not only in Europe but it also influenced the general notion of nature of man since the beginning of the Colony.

Intellectuals and Catholicism in Colombia

This line of research focuses on Colombian Catholicism, covering a period starting in 1850 and extending to present day. It studies issues like secularism, secularization processes, education, education of intellectuals, cultural history, the Catholic press, and the importance of the Church in current debates.

History, Nature and Race

The geographic axis of this line of research is the Colombian Pacific coast, and focusing on developing a type of history that includes nature and explores how race is a fundamental category in understanding how Latin American nations have been built. The framework is environmental history, political ecology and social history, and it includes the role of marginal regions within nations.

Economic History and Social Protection Systems

The focus of this line of research is to analyze how societies establish their social protection systems. Reflections on this field aim not only at investigate issues related to the way societies answer the questions, what should be protected?, who should be protected? and, with which resources, but also the interaction among political, social and economic elements that support a specific social protection system.

Model Program

First Semester

HIST-1101Introduction I: Problems of Historical Knowledge

3

CISO-1500BColombia Contemporanea

3

CISO-1403BHistory and Philosophy of Science

3

LENG-1501Español: Escritura de Textos

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

HIST-1102Introduction II: Historical Concepts

3

CISO-1900BHistoria de Las Ciencias Sociales en Colombia y América Latina

3

HIST-1417Introducción A la Geografia

3

CISO-12XXPensadores II

3

CISO-16XXCurso Teorías Contemporáneas Año Básico

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

HIST-2101Sources I: Archives and Documents

3

MATE-1501Estadística I (Ciencias Sociales)

3

HIST-2204AGeography of Colombia

3

HIST-2406BHistory of the Ancient World

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Fourth Semester

DERE-1300Constitucion y Democracia

3

HIST-2102

3

HIST-2300BComparative Colonial History

3

HIST-2404BHIST 2404B

3

LENG-2999Requisito de Lectura en Ingles

0

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Fifth Semester

HIST-2202BColombian History - XIX Century

3

HIST-2104Historiography Trends

3

HIST-2302BAmerica Latina Siglo Xix

3

HIST-2415A

3

HIST-3409

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Sixth Semester

HIST-2203BHistoria de Colombia Siglo XX

3

HIST-XXXXCurso del Área Contemporánea

3

HIST-2103Historiografia de Colombia

3

HIST-2303BHistory of Latin America in the 20th Century

3

HIST-XXX1Seminario electivo de pregrado I

6

Total Credit Hours:15

Seventh Semester

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HIST-XXX2Seminario electivo de pregrado II

3

HIST-3103Seminar-Graduation Monography

3

LENG-3999Requisito Dominio de Lenguaje Extranjero

0

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CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Eighth Semester

HIST-XXXOpciones de Grado

6

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

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HIST-3990Registration for Graduation

0

CBU-Uniandino Basic Cycle Course

3

Total Credit Hours:15

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