Archival Studies

Bachelor's degree programme, full-time study mode, single-subject, Czech, 3 years 
Bachelor's degree programme, full-time study mode, double-subject, Czech, 3 years 
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The Bachelor's degree study programme in Archival Studies prepares qualified professionals for archival practice and records management. The objective of the study is to gain basic knowledge of the archival network in the Czech Republic and of methodology and current archival legislation. Besides familiarisation with archival practices, such as the use of information technologies, students learn about the history of administration, study legal and Czech history, and gain general knowledge of the current administrative and legal systems in the Czech Republic. Students gain a thorough knowledge of the auxiliary historical sciences which they will use in their further professional career. They learn to combine knowledge of individual disciplines and apply that knowledge in basic archival activities (pre-archival care, archival processing including creating basic archival finding aids, making archival material accessible for researchers and providing qualified research services).

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • explain the theoretical and methodological bases of archival theory and practice
  • apply knowledge of legislation in basic activities of records management and archival practice
  • define specific aspects of archival material and choose appropriate methods of processing
  • compile qualified research from archive funds of relevant archives
  • analyze selected historical issues and formulate relevant questions
  • apply IT skills with commonly used archival programs
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Graduates of the Archival Studies programme have the knowledge and skills applicable to basic activities of all types of archives, registries, administrations, and state and local government, and in the relevant departments of museums, galleries, and libraries. Graduates from the Bachelor's degree programme are expected to continue in the Master's degree programme in Archival Studies.

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The standard duration of the Bachelor's degree programme in Archival Studies is six semesters. Students may choose between a single-subject and double-subject form of study.

For admittance to the final state examination, students of the single-subject study programme must obtain 180 credits for required, selective, and elective courses. Required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and make up 120 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Bachelor's thesis). Out of the selective courses, which make up 20 credits in total, students choose according to their interests and their intended professional specialisation. The remaining 10 credits can be obtained by completing compulsory courses of philosophy, sports and games, and a foreign language for professional and academic purposes at the B2 level (languages on offer also include German, which has a different orientation within the study programme). There is an obligation to complete 4 elective courses. The remaining number of credits, making up a total of 180 credits, can be obtained by completing some of the selective or elective subjects or courses in the Auxiliary Historical Sciences study programme or other Historical Sciences, in particular those with the codes HIB, or other courses offered by the faculty and university.

For admittance to the final state examination, students of the double-subject study programme must obtain 95 credits (diploma studies) or 85 credits (non-diploma studies) for compulsory, semi-optional and elective courses. Required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and make up 81 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Bachelor's thesis) for the diploma study or 76 credits for the non-diploma study. Out of the semi-optional courses, which make up 9 credits for diploma studies or 4 credits for non-diploma studies, students choose according to their interests and their intended professional specialization. The remaining 5 credits can be obtained by completing the compulsory courses of philosophy, sports and games, and a foreign language for professional and academic purposes at the B2 level (languages on offer also include German as it has a different orientation within the study programme).

During the course of their studies students should follow the "Study catalogue" for their year of matriculation. They can access the "Study catalogues" through the faculty website.

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The study programme includes three obligatory practical trainings.

The first practical training takes place in a weekly joint block at the Brno City Archive totalling 40 hours. The block takes place after the end of the second semester. The completion of the Archival Studies I course is required.

The second practical training (optional for double-subject studies) takes place in a weekly joint block totalling 40 hours at the Moravian Provincial Archive after the end of the third semester.

The third obligatory practical training is individual, lasting three weeks, totalling 120 hours. It starts after the end of the fourth semester and may take place until the beginning of the fall semester. Students choose from the current offer of terms and topics of archives involved (the Moravian Provincial Archive, the Brno City Archive, the State District Archive in Zlín, Břeclav, Blansko, Benešov and many others). The practical training can also take place abroad (eg. Niederösterreichisches Landesarchiv St. Pölten). The completion of the course Archival Studies III is required.

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The study of the single-subject Bachelor's degree programme in Archival Studies is completed by a final state examination consisting of the following parts:

1. Defense of the Bachelor's thesis

2. Written exam in paleography, introduction to auxiliary historical sciences and archival skills

3. Oral exam in archival studies, state administration, diplomatics, and paleography

Students can register for the final state examination after receiving the required number of credits and submitting the Bachelor's thesis.

The study of the double-subject Bachelor's degree programme in Archival Studies is completed by a final state exam, consisting of the following parts:

1. Defense of the Bachelor's thesis or submission and acceptance of the Bachelor's minor thesis.

2. Written exam in paleography, introduction to auxiliary historical sciences and archival skills

3. Oral exam in archival studies, state administration, diplomatics, and paleography

Students can register for the final state examination after receiving the required number of credits and submitting the Bachelor's thesis (diploma studies) or the Bachelor's minor thesis (non-diploma studies).

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After completing the Bachelor's degree programme, it is possible to continue further studies in the Master's degree programme in Archival Studies (after satisfying the admission requirements).

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Archival Studies
Abbreviation: AR
Code: 7105R005
Type: Bachelor's degree programme
Degree: Bc.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: B7105 B-HI Historical Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts
Field guarantor:
doc. PhDr. Zbyněk Sviták, CSc.