The Institute of History for foreigners
The Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University is located in the Witkowski Collegium in the very heart of historical Krakow, at ul. Gołębia 13. It is situated next door to the Collegium Maius, the oldest University building, and it is just a short walk from the Main Square and the Wawel Castle, which used to be the seat of Polish kings for many centuries.
The building housing the Institute of History was constructed in 1908-1911 but it was thoroughly renovated and modernised in the last decade. Lifts and disabled facilities were added and classrooms were furnished with state-of-the-art equipment. The library, established in 1873 and boasting an excellent collection of books, is an integral part of the Institute.
The history of historical studies at the Jagiellonian University
The University was established in Krakow as early as 1364 but in the medieval system of education, the teaching of history did not play an important role and was part of rhetoric. The origins of historical studies at the University go back to the early 15th century. In his lectures, Professor Jan Dąbrówka commented on the 13th-century chronicle written by the Bishop of Kracow Wincenty Kadłubek, and in 1434-1436 he even compiled an extensive commentary on this important work. In the late 16th century, history started to emerge as a separate discipline of the humanities. At the time, lectures on history were given by Jan of Kłobuck and his student, Samuel Nakielski. In 1621, Professor Sebastian Petrycy of Pilzno created the position of University historiographer. In the 17th century, lectures on the history of Poland started to become more frequent, especially ones based on the chronicle of Marcin Kromer. After the reform of Hugo Kołłątaj in 1776, history and geography both joined the same faculty, called the Academy of Fine Arts.
In the aftermath of the Partitions of Poland, Krakow fell into the hands of the Austrians, who opened the University's first Chair of History in the Faculty of Philosophy. However, the true organisational and academic development of historical studies took place in the 1860s. 1861 saw the establishment of the Historical Seminary, and the discipline started to flourish with the opening, in 1869, of the first ever Chair of the History of Poland, headed by Józef Szujski. It was Szujski who, together with such eminent historians as Michał Bobrzyński, Stanisław Smolka, and Stanisław Krzyżanowski, founded a new research trend called the Krakow historical school, which led to a completely new, critical approach to the history of Poland. They, and their equally outstanding successors in the interwar period and after World War II, should take the credit for the fact that the standard of teaching history at the Jagiellonian University was one of the highest in Europe.
At present, the Institute of History is the largest organisational unit of the Faculty of History and one of the largest institutes of the University. The Institute employs seventy staff members (including over forty independent academic staff) and teaches almost 1,000 students. The Institute conducts research covering all historical eras, from Antiquity to modern times, focusing mainly on the history of Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean.
Our educational offer in Polish
The Institute of History offers students opportunities which are not only varied but also constantly adjusted. This is to allow the Institute to better adapt to the changing social needs and challenges presented by the contemporary world and to use the maximum potential of the academic staff. The Institute offers a full range of studies in Polish: full-time and part-time, first-cycle (B.A.) and second-cycle (M.A.), as well as post-graduate studies. The Faculty of History also offers postgraduate (Ph.D.) studies.
During first-cycle studies, students complete courses in all historical eras. They all have classes on Archaeology, Ancient History, Medieval History, Medieval History of Poland, Modern History, History of Poland, History of the 19th and 20th Century, and History of Poland in the 19th and 20th Century. Preparing to work as historians, students also take courses in sciences auxiliary to history and the Historian's Vademecum, as well as Latin and modern languages.
Students have a choice of specialisations: the teaching specialisation prepares them to work as teachers; the archivist specialisation qualifies them for work in libraries and archives, the historical anthropology specialisation prepares them to study social phenomena in the contemporary world.
During second-cycle studies students specialise in a chosen historical era. They attend a two-year seminar and a selected lecture on one of the historical eras (from the history of Poland or world history). Students also acquire more in-depth knowledge of the history of historiography and the methodology of history. In order to expand students' interests beyond the chosen historical era, they must take two sets of courses comprised of four classes on different subjects. Students also improve their language ability by taking a modern foreign language course and a translation class. During the two-year seminar, students improve their research methods and prepare their M.A. thesis under the tutelage of their supervisor.
Enrolling in the first year of M.A. studies, students choose one of the specialisations: historical anthropology, teaching, editing of historical sources or archives and records management.
After completing their education, the new Masters of Arts participate in a formal graduation ceremony following a procedure going back to the Middle Ages, which takes place in the Collegium Maius courtyard and rooms
Lectures in foreign languages
Each year, the Institute of History organises several lectures in foreign languages (English, German, French, or Russian – 30 classes, exam, 4 ECTS points). In the academic year 2016/2017, the following lectures will be offered:
dr hab. Jakub Basista, Reformation in England tuesday 9:45 - 11:15
prof. Jerzy Borzęcki, Europe in the 20th Century tuesday 9 x 8:00 - 11:15
prof. Jerzy Borzęcki, World War II in Europe thursday 9 x 9:45 - 13:00
dr Adam Izdebski, Environmental History of the Mediterranean thursday 15:00 - 16:30
dr Adam Izdebski, Introduction to Byzantium thursday 11:30 - 13:00
dr Vitaliy Nagirnyy, Восточная Европа в средние века (XI – XIV) tuesday 11:30 - 13:00
prof. dr hab. Andrzej Nowak, Russian Culture and Geopolitics: from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin wednesday 11:30 - 13:00
dr hab. Tomasz Pudłocki, Nineteenth-Century Central Europe: A Cultural History wednesday 11:30 - 13:00
Cooperation between the Institute of History and the University of Orléans (double diploma)
According to the agreement signed two years ago with the University of Orléans, students from our Institute are given the opportunity to study in France. The offer is addressed to first-year students of M.A. studies whose thesis is to some extent related to the history of France. As part of their studies, these students can spend one or two semesters of their second year in Orléans and obtain a double diploma, graduating from both Universities. In order to participate in this programme, students are required to have a good command of French (at least B2 level) and English, since the M.A. exam (with the participation of a representative from the University of Orléans) is conducted in this language. The next recruitment for this programme is planned for January 2016
The Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University has been participating in the Erasmus (now Erasmus+) Programme for many years. The offer is addressed to both students and academic staff of the Institute. Under the signed agreements, our academic staff and students can go on short scientific internship (academics) and scholarship (students) programmes to several dozen academic centres in Europe. The coordinator of the programme is Dr. hab. Tomasz Pudłocki. Detailed information on the Erasmus+ Programme can be found at: www.bosz.uj.edu.pl/erasmus
List of centres that have agreements with the Institute of History under the Erasmus+ Programme
Brema (Universität Bremen) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników
Ioannina (University of Ioannina) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników
Kordoba (Universidad de Córdoba) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników
Lecce (Università del Salento) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników
Moguncja (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników
Nijmegen (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników
Nancy (Université de Lorraine) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników
Reading (University of Reading) – umowa obejmuje tylko studentów, szczegóły dotyczące wymiany pracowników będą jeszcze przedmiotem ustaleń
Universytet Linneusza w Växjö (Linnéuniversitetet) – umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników