Department of History and Archaeology


The Department of History & Archaeology offers two study orientations, linked to two specializations:

  • Specialization in History
  • Specialization in Archaeology and History of Art.

Upon completion of his/her fourth term each student registers his/her selection of study orientation at the Department secretary.

Independently of specialization, the programme includes compulsory subjects for both orientations, aiming at providing an encyclopaedic knowledge and facilitating the employment of the Faculty’s graduates in the field of secondary education. With his/her specialization, each student engages in an in-depth approach, according to the requirements of the current state of research, in various eras or aspects and acquires specialized knowledge, stimulation and familiarization with the interpretive tools and methods of the historical and archaeological disciplines. The minimum duration of studies cannot be shorter than eight terms, during which students are free to develop their own programme of studies. Subjects are divided into base, core, specialization as well as (free) elective subjects. 

Basic subjects consist of courses in Literature and Education Studies. These courses are compulsory for our students, so as to enable them to acquire the knowledge that will allow them to approach, in the broadest manner, the specialization of their choice and to meet the requirements of a prospective career in secondary education. 

Core subjects include courses in History, Archaeology and History of Art and are compulsory for students of both orientations. With these courses our students acquire a common corpus of knowledge, which will serve as a basis for the subsequent, more in-depth study in the specialized branches of their discipline, provided by the specialization subjects. This latter category includes both compulsory and elective subjects. 

From the available Elective Specialization subjects, students are obliged to choose at least two seminars before completing their studies, in which their performance is evaluated on the basis of a seminar essay, proving their skills in the use of interpretive tools, in the choice of a significant subject of research and in their critical approach towards their subject of choice.

Students may also choose from among Free Electives, which may be offered by the other study orientation (History or Archaeology – compulsory or elective courses), by a different department or faculty at the University of Athens. Courses from the Faculty’s programme are offered to other Faculties in the School of Philosophy, either as compulsory or as elective (joint teaching) courses. 

Courses are supported by a webpage and offer training in the use of bibliographic databases and other search tools. The Faculty also has a digital teaching lab, housed within the archaeological museum, on the second floor of the building and exclusively used for courses requiring the use of computers by teachers and students.

There are also offered additional courses of practical training in History, Archaeology and History of Art, and open tutorials.

Practical training of students (ESPA 2014-2022)

This programme aims at acquainting a large number of our students with the    physical locations of their future professional work and to create an interaction between academic education and relevant services. Participation in the programme is voluntary and is carried out in the ephorates of the Archaeological Service, in historical archives, museums, libraries, research centres and in the ministries of culture and education. Participants are engaged for a term of one, two, three or four months.  The programme is funded by the programme ESPA 2014-2020 (financed by the European Union and the Hellenic Republic). The academic responsibility for the Programme of Practical Training lies with assistant professor A. Hassiakou – Argyraki. Students interested in the programme may address themselves for additional information to the office of ass. prof. A. Hassiakou – Argyraki (405, fourth floor.)

Practical training of students (voluntary)

The Department of History runs a programme of voluntary work for students of the Faculty of History and Archaeology in archives and research centres. Students interested in this programme may address themselves to associate professor M. Efthymiou, who is in charge of the programme.


The Library of the School of Philosophy is opened to the public. Monday - Friday: 8.30-18.00 ( 


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