Programme structure

hist1ba  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

The bachelor programme in History totals 180 credits over 3 blocks (3 x 60 credits). It consists of a basic major syllabus of 150 credits and a minor syllabus of 30 credits (2 x 15 credits).

Three pivotal courses make up the 150 credits of the major orientation of the bachelor syllabus:
(1) introduction to the human sciences (historical criticism, arts and civilisations, European literature, analysis and practice of academic discourse, ancient and modern languages, philosophy, anthropology and psychology, logic and argumentation, social and political economy, religious sciences);
(2) introduction to the historical periods (Antiquity, Middle Ages, Modern Times, contemporary era) and the historical fields (political and institutional, social and economic, religious, cultural and intellectual elements);
(3) methodological and disciplinary training (heuristics, [documentary research], historiography, quantitative methods, practicals and seminars).

The first block of undergraduate studies starts with a term of general foundation courses common to all of the faculty's Bachelor's programmes. Students will be introduced to history, art history, literature and the art of academic discourse, providing them with a solid grounding.

They will also receive discipline-specific courses from the first term of Block 1. These will become their core courses in the second term of Block 1.

From Block 2, students continue their studies in their major subject and are also invited to choose a 30-credit minor with a view to broadening their intellectual and professional horizons. This minor can be selected from another faculty discipline or from another UCL faculty, subject to certain admission requirements set by the programme managers.