Auxiliary Historical Sciences

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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This Bachelor’s degree programme prepares qualified professionals for work with various types of historical sources. The objective of the study programme is to gain detailed knowledge in particular fields of study within the group of auxiliary historical sciences (with an emphasis on diplomatics, palaeography, codicology, chronology, and sphragistics) in the context of historical sciences. Students learn basic methods of auxiliary historical sciences and become familiar with their role as a means for interpreting historical sources. They gain general knowledge of other auxiliary historical sciences (heraldry, genealogy, epigraphy, numismatics, metrology, filigranology, phaleristics, vexillology). Students gain a thorough knowledge of early Czech and general history (medieval and early modern times) and also of legal history, historical archaeology, and art history. They will be able to apply the knowledge of particular disciplines mainly in compiling textual and visual historical sources.

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

  • explain theoretical and methodological bases of auxiliary historical sciences
  • conduct transcription, dating, diplomatic analysis, and critical evaluation of written historical sources
  • carry out basic codicological, sphrapgistic, and heraldic descriptions of various types of sources
  • define issues of particular historical sources and choose appropriate methods of their editorial access
  • analyse historical issues and formulate relevant questions
  • carry out qualified searches in historical collections
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Graduates of the study programme Auxiliary Historical Sciences have the knowledge and skills applicable in basic activities in archives, museums, galleries, and libraries, and in research institutions, especially in compiling historical collections. However, graduates from the Bachelor’s degree programme are expected to continue in the Master’s degree programme in Auxiliary Historical Sciences.

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The standard duration of studies is six semesters. Students may choose between single-subject and dual concentration study programme.

For admittance to the final state examination, students of the single-subject study programme must obtain 180 credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses. Type A/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 type B/selective courses which make up 20 credits in total, students choose according to their interests and their intended professional specialization. The remaining 10 credits can be obtained by completing the type A/required courses of philosophy, physical education, 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 subject field). There is an obligation to complete 4 type C/elective courses. The remaining number of credits making up a total of 180 credits can be obtained by completing some of the type B/selective or type C/elective subjects or courses in the study programme of Archive Studies 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 dual concentration study programme must obtain 95 credits (diploma study) or 85 credits (non-diploma study) for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses. Type A/required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and make up 80 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Bachelor’s thesis) for the diploma study or 75 credits for non-diploma study. Out of the type B/selective courses, which make up 10 credits for diploma study or 5 credits for non-diploma study, students choose according to their interests and their intended professional specialization. The remaining 5 credits can be obtained by completing the type A/required courses of philosophy, physical education, 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 subject field).

During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.

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The study of the single-subject Bachelor’s programme in Auxiliary Historical Sciences is completed by a final state examination consisting of the following parts:

- defence of the Bachelor’s thesis

- written exam in palaeography, chronology, sphragistics, and heraldry

- oral exam in diplomatics, palaeography, codicology, and sphragistics

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 dual concentration Bachelor’s programme in Auxiliary Historical Sciences is completed by a final state examination consisting of the following parts:

- defence of the Bachelor’s thesis

- written exam in palaeography, chronology, sphragistics, and heraldry

- oral exam in diplomatics, palaeography, codicology, and sphragistics

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 Auxiliary Historical Sciences or related historical disciplines (after satisfying the admission requirements).

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Auxiliary Historical Sciences
Abbreviation: PV
Code: 7105R043
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. Dalibor Havel, Ph.D.