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About History

In the history programme at Aarhus University we study the past to understand the present. A thorough knowledge of the past is an important tool for understanding ourselves and the world that we live in. Knowledge of the past provides depth and breadth; it allows us to look beyond the current agenda and put the world in perspective. Studying history does not provide definitive answers to contemporary dilemmas, but it does offer us the opportunity to engage in a continuous dialogue about how the world obtained its present shape, and how we have become who we are.


History at Aarhus University offers a strong research community, covering the period from ancient Greece to current political, cultural and social developments in Denmark, Europe and the world. We are concerned not only with the history of what is now Denmark since the early medieval period, but we also seek to place Danish developments within their broader transnational context, while also covering central themes and periods in European and Asian history. Through permanent collaborations with the open-air museum Den gamle By and the Manor Museum Gammel Estrup we are at the forefront of research in urban history and manorial culture. We are particularly interested in how the past is remembered and used today, meaning that memory studies occupies an important position in the department. Our research profile is continuously developing, supported by the Research Programme in history and the seminars and other events it organises. We also host a number of collaborative and externally funded research projects. See more at:


The BA programme (taught mainly in Danish) offers a broad introduction to the subject of history, its theory and methodology. Students are introduced to major developments in and interpretations of the past, as well as to the analysis of historical sources. Students are also taught how the past is used in the present. See more at http://bachelor.au.dk/en/history/ 

Our two-year MA-programme consists of three tracks: cultural history, international and global history and history in combination with a minor subject. The track in cultural history is concerned with topics in cultural history in a broad sense. Students take courses in cultural theory and are trained in the communication of research-based knowledge to different audiences. The track in international and global history is taught in English, focussing on international and global developments over the last 200 years. History with a minor subject gives candidates the skills required to teach in secondary education in Denmark. Overall, the MA programme aims to enhance students’ theoretical and methodological competences and emphasize independent academic work. See more at http://kandidat.au.dk/en/history/ 


Outreach and dissemination of academic knowledge are crucial. We are particularly proud to host the leading website about Danish history www.danmarkshistorien.dk. The site contains surveys, articles, sources, films, quizzes and much more. In 2018 the site had close to 3 million visits and since it's launch in 2009 it has had more than 35 million page views. The department is also active in disseminating knowledge about urban history through The Danish Centre for Urban History.