Undergraduate Degrees

Oferta 2016/2017

  • Degree in History

    General Information


    The duration of the Degree in History is of 4 years. The minimum number of credits needed to obtain the degree is 240 ECTS credits.

    Responsible Center:

    Modality: Attendance required

    Teaching Languages: Español

    Distribution and Credits:

    • Basic Formation: 60
    • Compulsory Subjects: 138
    • Elective Subjects: 36
    • Undergraduate Thesis: 6

    Registration fees for first-time enrollment in a full course:  759,54 €

    Access and Career Opportunities

    Profile of the New Student
    • Recommended High School modalities with the PAU examination passed: Humanities and Social Sciences.
    • Higher Grade formative cycle.
    • Access examination for people Older than 25, 40 or 45.
    • University degree.

    Attentive, analytical and critical attitude. Intereset in developing and transmitting knowledge that is useful for society and in knowing better the social process of the past and the present, in all their socio-economic, political and cultural complexity. Disposition towards working and studying.

    Professional Opportunities

    Professional profiles:

    • Research and/or teaching
    • Dissemination in the media, publishing houses and enterprises of tourism.
    • Labor activities according to specific competences (adaptability, flexibility).
    • Archives, libraries, museums and historical documentation.
    • Prospections, dig sites and archeological studies. Management of historical and cultural heritage.
    • Cultural counseling and expert's opinion for institutions and enterprises. Management of cultural tourism and cooperation for development.
    • Self-employment.

    Characteristics of the Center

    Premises and services

    All the classrooms and seminars are equipped with new technologies (PC, projector, Internet access, etc.). The Faculty has meeting rooms, social spaces, IT rooms, lunchroom for students, etc.

    Mobility and international relations:

    ERASMUS mobility agreements: Bochum (Germany), Besançon, Bordeaux, Lille, Poitiers, Rennes and Tours (Francia), Athenes and Tsalonika (Grecia), Szeged (Hungría), L'Aquila, Naples, Perugia, Pisa and Venice (Italy), Coimbra, Lisboa and Oporto (Portugal), Sakarya (Turkey).

    SICUE mobility agreements: Alicante, Cantabria, Castilla- La Mancha, Balearic Isles, León, Madrid Complutense, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela, Valladolid.

    Internships, employment and tutorial action plan

    Internships in town councils, historical archives, etc.

    Tutorial action plan for new students.

    Further information

    Justification of the Degree

    The justification of the proposed Degree in History is based on the following premises:

    • The importance of knowledge in modern society.
    • The previous existance of a Bachelor's Degree in History, which has a long-standing tradition at the University of Oviedo, evaluated by the ANECA in 2003-2004 and which developed a Plan for Improvement between 2004 and 2007.
    • Its relation to the social-economic characteristics and needs of the Principality of Asturias.
    • The existance of a constante social demand for this studies during the last five courses offered by the University of Oviedo, with a number of new students that oscillated between 80-100 each year.
    • The growning possibilities of finding a job in a more flexible and diversified labor market for the current Graduates in History, as reflected in the survey conducted by the team in charge of the creation of the White Book of History for the past five years.
    • The availability of a faculty that is prepared and motivated to face the renewal that involves the reform of the Spanish university education, in terms of the contents and the methodology of teaching and learning. This is shown, among other things, by the set in motion by the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Oviedo of Projects of Teaching Innovation in the 2005-2006 academic year. During the 2008-2009 academic year, they have been deployed in all the courses of the Bachelor's Degree in History, with the exception of the 3rd year, and they have translated to an adaptation of the foundations that support the creation of the European Higher Education Area.

    On the other hand, the Undergraduate Degree in History presents an ACADEMIC, SCIENTIFIC and PROFESSIONAL INTEREST for modern society that is explained here.

    Even if it is obvious, we cannot forget the importance of the studies in History for our society, as they provide a rational and critical knowledge of the past, an instrument needed to understand the present and make other understand it. Learning History develops critical skills through the analysis of historical events and processes, establishing their relation with the present and their influence in the future. Moreover, the studies in History are vital for the integral formation of the citizens, since they provide, as shown in the Bologna Declaration, "a social tool in favor of integration and against any form of discrimination".

    Historical research is closely related to the social-economic and cultural characteristics of the Principality of Asturias. History is one of the main disciplines responsible for the use of the cultural heritage of the region as a source of economic benefits by boosting its appeal for tourism. A good number of archeologists and historians have decidedly contributed to this, focusing their research in the recovery of the archeological registry and the reconstruction of the past of Asturias. This progress of the knowledge of local history, supported by the Council of Education of the Principality of Asturias, contributes to disseminate the knowledge of the past of the region among the general public, encouraging them to value and respect our cultural heritage and establishing the much needed connection between the University and society.

    Taking into account the number of new students of the Bachelor's Degree in History during the last few academic years, its academic interest generated by those who start university studies can be confirmed. During the last eight years, this number has been maintained between 81 and 107 new students, with the number of Bachelors in History hovering between 54 and 77, as shown by the following table.

    As a consequence, it seems to be completely justified that an Undergraduate Degree in History is offered, since this would answer a current social demand of the Autonomous Community of the Principality of Asturias.

    The studies that lead to a Bachelor's Degree in History offered by the University of Oviedo were evaluated by the ANECA during the 2003-2004 academic year and, throughouth the 2004-2007 academic years, the Plan for Improvement derived from said evaluation was completed.

    Furthermore, with the aim of improving the academic interest in the Undergraduate Degree in the proposed Justification of the Degree in History and to adequate it to the criteria established for the creation of the White Book of the Degree, sponsored by the ANECA in 2004, the evaluation of the academic formation received by the students between 1998 and 2003 has been taken into account, by means of a large-scale survey by mail conducted during the creation of said document.

    According to the results of this survey, what is valued from the "traditional" university education model the theoretical knowledge provided, the critical skills, the oral and written expression in Spanish, as well as the composition of essays, an activity that allows for the development of a series of generic and specific competences such as the use of sources, autonomous access to different sources of information, capacity for analysis and synthesis, etc. What is negatively valued is the lack of teaching methodology, formation as researchers, use of instruments of analysis and new technologies.

    The Degree in History aims at erasing the liabilities encountered, also incorporating the experience acquired during the last few academic years in the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Oviedo. Starting during the 2005-2006 academic year, this center progressively established Teaching Innovation Plans for the First and Second Cycles, aimed at testing what may suppose the establishment of a Degree that answered to the educational criteria of the European Union. In this sense, an important step has been made towards the adaption of the Bachelor's Degree in History to the EHEA, not only in terms of the subjects designed based on the definition of formative objectives, generic or cross-curricular competences and specific competes, but also in the assimilation and setting in motion of a profound renovation of the teaching methodology that the European educational authorities want to promote. We have intended to facilitate the achievement of the general objectives through the acquisition of the competences defined by a methodology composed of: expository classes (in which the teacher delivers conceptual contents), classroom practices (that seek to reinforce the assimilation and comprehension of said contents through the application by the students of the techniques and methods they studied, debates and discussions in groups, and the use of new technologies), and the Undergraduate Thesis (with which the teachers aim at promoting the autonomous learning of the student, by putting in them a large amount of the responsibility of its composition, searching for information and presentation in class).

    In terms of the professional interest of the Undergraduate Degree, we have used as an external referent the large-scale survey conducted for the composition of the aforementioned White Book of the Degree in History of the Program of European Convergence of the ANECA on the insertion to the labor market of the graduates during the next six years. This procedure of consultation shows that the graduates in History do not have any difficulty in finding employment in very diverse fields:

    1. Teaching of History in Secondary and Higher Education.
    2. Prospections, excavations and archeological studies.
    3. Archives, libraries, museums and documentation.
    4. Management of Cultural Heritage.
    5. Preparation for historical research.
    6. Preparation for a career in diplomacy and cultural aggregation in embassies.
    7. Cultural counceling and expert's opinions in public and private institutions.
    8. Dissemination of scientific culture in publishing houses and information media.
    9. Employment at local, regional, national and international public administrations.

    The current context of Asturias makes it likely that there will be a growth during the next years of the demand of employment for graduates that fit in the main profiles described (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), while there is a constant demand of the rest. The recent demographic boost and the high average age of the active teachers in Secondary and Higher Education, the continuous need of specialized staff in the intervention of the Cultural Heritage protected by the national laws and those of the Principality of Asturias, and the treatment of archeological, archival, historical and administrative documentation are realities that have been taken into account when designing the Degree that is presented here.

    Bearing in mind the diversity of the fields of occupation in which graduates in History work and considering the flexibility and diversification of the complex and changing labor market of the 21st century, we have aimed at giving the Undergraduate Degree in History a generalist formation. The goal is to improve as much as possible the opportunities for employment, since, as concluded by the Tuning Project and the reports by the Thematic Network Europe Cliohnet, among others, the studies in History encourage learning abilities and skills that allow graduates to perform professionally in the diverse branches of knowledge of Social and Human Sciences.

    Termination of the Curriculum

    Adaptation to the Undergraduate Degree

    During the time when the characteristics of the regulations that, in general terms, will be created by the University of Oviedo are not yet know, and always seeking to avoid that the students may be negatively affected by this process, a procedure for the adaptation to the Degree has been designed, as detailed in the following table:

    Bachelor's Degrees that are supressed by the establishment of the proposed Undegraduate Degree:

    The establishment of the Undergraduate Degree in History of the University of Oviedo means the conclusion of the current studies of the Bachelor's Degree in History, (Resolution of October 1, 2001, BOE 19-10-2001).