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Faculty of Computer Science, Economics, and Social Sciences
Bachelor's Programme in History
A historian’s work consists of searching for artifacts and reconstructing the past, modelling historical processes, preserving historical heritage, and working with archival documents and museum collections. This programme trains professionals in the field of history who are able to reconstruct the past in order to successfully design the future.
The aim of the programme is to prepare experts who combine a knowledge of historical material with practical skills in the use of modern digital technologies to solve professional problems. Students receive a classical history education and the skills to apply digital technologies and public history methods. Graduates of the programme will be able to apply their professional competencies in the fields of science, media, business, politics and culture.
During the 1st-3rd years, students learn to work with information in a qualified manner: to extract it, analyze it and use it in various fields of activity. The structure of the curriculum allows to implement individual educational trajectories: the training system includes the main subjects and elective disciplines.
History of Russia / Domestic History;
The World History;
History of Ancient Written Languages;
History of Asia and Africa;
Topical Issues of Research in Asia and Africa;
Introduction to Art History;
Academic Writing in English.
Disciplines of Digital Humanities:
Introduction to Digital Humanities;
Basics of Programming in Python;
Research Seminar "Digital Methods and Approaches in Historical Research".
Latin / Church Slavonic;
History of Religions.
Second foreign language of the student's choice (from the 2nd year):
French or German.
The 4th and 5th years are devoted to an in-depth study of the history and culture of individual regions:
History of Central and Latin America, Socio-Political Transformations in the XIX-XX Centuries. Culture and Art of the study region (China), History of the study region (China), History of East Asia, Theory and Practice of Cross-Cultural Communication in Asia, etc.
A more detailed list of disciplines is available in the "Training Сourses" section.
The advantages of the programme
World class education
HSE uses the best world experience in higher education when preparing students. Since 2017, the Higher School of Economics has been included in the QS - World University Ranking's by Subject, having taken a place in the 51-100 group in the History section in 2022.
Diploma of the leading Russian university
All graduates of the Higher School of Economics, regardless of which campus they studied on, receive a single standard HSE diploma. In addition, bachelors receive a European Diploma Supplement containing information about the education received, all final grades on a 10-point scale, and the translation of final grades into the ECTS scale in force in Europe. The document is drawn up in two languages — English and Russian and allows to continue education or work in the countries participating in the Bologna Process (48 countries) without a legal translation of the diploma.
Competences of the "second" profession
In addition to studying professional disciplines within the framework of the programme, students have the opportunity to master the "second" specialty. Minor is a combination of four disciplines that are not related to the main area of training. It allows students to gain basic knowledge in other subject areas (IT, finance, management, language and communications).
Modern material and technical base
The university has excellent material and technical conditions for the training of specialists: spacious classrooms are fitted up with the modern equipment with the necessary software. During the learning process, multimedia technologies are widely used, for example, exclusive online lecture courses by leading foreign scientists.
In-depth study of the English language and academic mobility
Studying English lasts 3 years. At the end of the 2nd year, students take an independent exam in English according to international standards. Thanks to this, they can continue their studies at foreign universities and work in the world's largest companies.
Students from Perm have the opportunity to study free of charge at other HSE campuses: in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Duration — from one and a half months to a year. At the same time, students are provided with places in the dormitory for the period of residence in another city.
All students are involved in project and practical activities. As a result, graduates have a voluminous portfolio, which includes historical DH projects: developed websites, 3D models, virtual tours, museumification projects, databases, etc.
Many classes take place outside the classroom, which provides an opportunity to get acquainted with leading scientific laboratories, museum projects, archives, archaeological fieldwork, etc.
Students take part in research events: symposiums, scientific educational schools and conferences. When entering the master's programme, graduates note that academic activity in the bachelor's programme has become a powerful start for their further educational and scientific career.
In addition, students of the programme are actively involved in extracurricular life and attend various clubs and sections of interest: student theater, dance groups, science clubs (oriental club, ArcheoVyshka), board games club, tourist club, tea club.
Graduates are fluent in English, understand IT-technologies, have skills in project activities, mathematical modeling of social processes, have experience in expert and research activities and creative solutions to professional problems.
Most of the bachelors prefer to continue their studies and enter the best master's programmes in Europe, Asia and Russia.
Bachelors of History can be employed as:
State and municipal employee;
Teacher of basic general and secondary general education;
Additional education teacher;
Television and radio journalist;
Expert-analyst in the field of cultural heritage;
Expert on historical and cultural lands;
Expert on cultural values;
Cross-cultural mediator and analyst;
Curator of museum valuables;
Specialist in the accounting of museum items, etc.
The History offers 3 fee-paying places. You can apply to the programme on the basis of results of entrance examinations or the results of International Olympiad participation.
HSE University is this year’s leading Russian university in 11 subjects in the Shanghai Ranking. In seven of these, the university is the only Russian higher education institution to appear. This year, the university was ranked among the top universities for Communications for the first time and returned to the ranking for Sociology.