Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. MAURO RONZANI
Department of CIVILTA' E FORME DEL SAPERE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Arturo Marzano
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The Degree Programme in History has the objective of preparing student for the practice of historical research, thanks to a solid knowledge of the great historiographical themes and debates and the acquisition of methodologies of the treatment and interpretation of the sources, and the use of a clear and rigorous language as appropriate to historiographic discourse. The learning experience in organised through cycles of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratories. Alongside these activities, the students are able to attend conferences, workshops and meetings in order to have contact with scientific debate at national and international level.
The Degree Programme has four tracks: Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern History and Contemporary History.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the First Cycle Degree Programme in History will be able to demonstrate:
- Critical understanding of the relation of the present to the past
- Knowledge of and ability to use the basic techniques of historical research
- Ability to identify the relevant scientific literature, bibliography and sources to address a historiographical problem
- Ability to communicate research results in various ways according to the target audience
- Knowledge of and ability to use the main tools of other social and humanistic sciences, as well as history
- Solid knowledge of the general lines of human history
- More specialised knowledge of one broad period of history (Ancient, Medieval, Modern/Contemporary)
- Ability to communicate In at least one language of the EU in addition to Italian
- Basic ICT abilities for communication, retrieval and elaboration of historiographical texts and data
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Those holding the First Cycle award (Laura) in History are able to carry out various activities for public and private organisations, with responsibilities relating to coordinating and executing historical research, to preserving and valorizing the cultural patrimony, especially as regards archives, libraries and material culture; to publishing, journalism and in the various contexts in which historical culture and its popularization are useful, including public administration and internation cultural relations.
Graduates can enter programmes for the preparation of teachers in the areas of History and Literature; they can compete for places offered in the state administration having to do with teaching, the management of archives, libraries and museums, with parliamentary documentation and information services, and to the diplomatic career.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in HISTORY normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
The final exam, to which 9 ECTS credits are allocated, foresees the preparation and discussion of a written text of about 80.000 characters, and must show that the candidate has acquired the basic techniques of historical research, and specifically the