The Institute of History of the Warsaw University is a scholarly and teaching establishment founded in 1930 conducting interdisciplinary research in widely conceived history and employing leading Polish specialists in the field. The goal of our teaching activities is to educate professionals endowed with a wide range of competences from many fields. They should be capable not only of asking questions on the past, but also of explaining the present through analysing the birth and development of social, political, economic and cultural processes in human societies up to the present day and being sensitive to the multitude of historical aspects affecting the contemporary world.
It is currently the largest university institute of history in Poland and one of the country’s leading research and educational establishments specialised in humanities. We employ about ninety lecturers: professors (having obtained their habilitation), doctors and several Masters of Arts. A dozen of emeriti professors and a group of external historians also participate in our activities. The professors offer tuition to a few dozens of PhD candidates. Each of the lecturers employed in the Institute of History pursues their own interests and research reflected in the courses offered. This is the reason why we can offer students a wide range of courses.
Today, after 75 years, the Institute employs over 100 academic staff. Students have the opportunity to choose from the rich offer of lectures and MA seminars run by our faculty members. Each year, the Institute of History organizes over 50 MA seminars and over 70 one-semester lectures.
We offer a five-year MA program (day, evening or part-time) as well as a one-year post-graduate program. The core of the MA program is made up of workshop activities connected to the five great historical eras (Antiquity, The Middle Ages, Modernity, 19th Century, Recent History). The courses include workshop activities in relation to each era, specialized classes developing a historian's workshop, a group of activities (lectures and conversatoria) from related subjects (political science, sociology, philosophy, history of art or archeology) as well as activities from within the framework of a chosen professional specialization or a field of study. Each student is required to choose at least one professional specialization or one field of study.