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Studying history will provide you with the skills necessary to thrive in the modern world, both personally and professionally. For instance, in an era of ‘fake news’ and information overload, history will help you hone your critical thinking abilities and assess effectively the reliability of competing types of evidence, statements, and opinions. What evidence should you trust or dismiss as you try to make sense of the world and your place within it? And how can you sift through vast amounts of information to come to a sensible understanding of a topic and make a convincing argument about it, both in writing and verbally? History will teach you. Through group work and presentations, you will also improve your interpersonal, public speaking and foreign language skills, equipping you for a successful career in a wide range of professions from journalism, teaching and law to banking, marketing, and sales.

At Oulu you’ll be taught by a top team of historians with expertise in many areas, from the history of medicine, gender and contemporary history to African, Asian, and environmental studies. With a student-centred approach, employing a diverse array of teaching techniques and digital technologies, our innovative and committed staff will ensure your time with us is not only a great educational experience, but also lot of fun.

So come and join our community and learn about the past to prepare for your future!



The Department of History offers Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees, and on postgraduate level Doctor of Philosophy degrees in History and in History of Science and Ideas. 

The department also hosts several minor subjects in history and related fields:

  • Classical Languages and Cultures
  • Study of Practical Ethics and World Views
  • Philosophy
  • Japanese Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Political Science
  • Environmental Humanities

Last updated: 11.11.2020