The History Department of the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, prioritizes students’ abilities to reconstruct the past through the historical discourses of a society and the Indonesian historiographical tradition, with an emphasis on historical objectivity, multidimensionality, dan interdisciplinary research, so that history as a science can communicate as a methodology with the other social sciences and humanities. The history department will produce independent graduates with an orientation to society and the nation as well as broad scientific knowledge to respond to national, regional, and global challenges. In the future, the history department is hoped to develop as an open program which is followed by more graduates of high schools and other secondary schools, not only from social sciences programs but also from natural sciences programs. The development of history as a science emphasizes the ability to reconstruct the past of a society to better understand its present and future; this is done through historical research with a wide variety of themes and working areas.
1. To develop history into a science which is not simply the reconstruction of past events for the purpose of nostalgia or commemoration, but rather a science capable of forming a scientific framework of thinking and explaining a variety of aspects of life in the past of a society to both know its past and to understand its present and future. With such an orientation and role, history will have the ability to compete against other social sciences both within society and the workplace, where the demand for field-appropriate creativity is increasingly becoming greater;
2. To produce an alternative paradigm of historiography which emphasizes historical objectivity without losing the department’s Indonesia-centrism or relying on discourses of power and elite figures;
3. To be responsible for improving the quality of human resources, particularly those with an interest in the social sciences;
4. To organize and conduct classes and research into a variety of aspects and periods of Indonesian and regional history with a basis in the most recent interdisciplinary historical theories and methodologies, and to utilize a wider variety of historical sources;
5. To provide an opportunity for foreign students, particularly from nearby regions such as Southeast Asia and East Asia, to study Indonesian history;
6. To produce graduates who are of high quality, critical, responsible, independent, and sensitive to and concerned about social interests.
To produce historians with an ability to expose a variety of issues using an academic perspective, as well as the ability to critically analyze issues in developments and changes to human lives, so as to promote future social and national interests.
Graduates of the History Program are capable of competing within the workplace, both in conventional historical fields such as lecturing and research, as well as in non-conventional historical fields. Available data on the department’s alumni indicate that many graduates of the History Department at UGM work for the government and in the fields of publishing, journalism, NGO activism, etc. A happy development in recent times is that many of the undergraduate theses of the History Department of UGM have been published, indicating that the quality of the department’s research has gained wide recognition.
History Department, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, UGM
Jl. Sosiohumaniora, Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta.
Tel: 513096 ext. 125