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Department of History

Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
Faculty of Humanities
Department of History

Ivana Matetića Ronjgova 1, 52100 Pula, Croatia
+385 52 377 524
+385 52 377 552
+385 52 377 504 (Faculty secretary)

Head of the Department of History
Maurizio Levak, PhD, Assist. Prof.

The study programme in history was first established at the Pedagogical Academy of Pula in 1961, but it was closed nine years later. After a long pause, in the early 1990s an initiative was launched for establishing of a new programme in history. The first generation was enrolled in 1994 when a new double-major undergraduate programme started as the third history programme in Croatia. Since 2005 the University has the license for single major and double major (available combinations), undergraduate (BA, 3 years, 180 ECTS) and graduate (MA, 2 years, 120 ECTS) programmes in history, all reformed at the time according to the guidelines of the Bologna Process. After the split of the faculties in Pula from the University of Rijeka, since 2006 the Department operates as a part of the Faculty of Humanities, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula.

Today, there are 11 staff members at the Department. They have developed a strong research activity, often through research projects and research centres (Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism, Research Centre for the History of the North Adriatic Population). They have rich experience in research that is mainly focused on social history, history of everyday life, history of mentality and demographic history in the context of the area studies and Croatian national history in larger long-lasting frameworks such as the Byzantine Empire, Frankish Empire, Republic of Venice, Habsburg Monarchy or Yugoslavia.

Since 2019, the Department publishes its academic journal in English titled History in Flux.

Since 2015, the Department of History and the University’s Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism have been organizing the annual summer Doctoral Workshop. Moreover, since 2015, there is a series of biennial conferences Past, Present, Future. Since 2003, the Department has been co-organizing the Istrian Historical Biennale. Staff members have also been active in the Istrian Historical Society (IPD) since its foundation.

In 2015/16 a programme of monthly events called Tribune of the History Department was launched, and it consists of public lectures, round tables and book launches (events archive).

Students are coming from all parts of Croatia, and many stay in Pula after their studies. Many enrol in graduate and postgraduate (doctoral) studies at other universities in the country and abroad (University of Zagreb, CEU Budapest, EUI Florence, University of Regensburg). In recent years, the number of European students coming to Pula through the Erasmus programme has been growing. History students have a branch of the International Students of History Association (ISHA) and publish the journal Epulon.

The Department participates in various forms of cooperation agreed at the level of university agreements, and special cooperation agreements have been concluded with the following departments: Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb; Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, University of Split; Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska in Koper; Department of History, University of Zadar.

The latest news in Croatian is available on the pages Notices and For History Students.







International students at the Department of History

BA in History: programme overview (pdf)
MA in History: programme overview (pdf)

BA in History: courses in 2023/24 (pdf, Croatian)
MA in History: courses in 2023/24 (pdf, Croatian)

 In 2024/25 we are starting the course INTRODUCTION TO CROATIAN HISTORY (syllabus). Its primary goal is to explain the main events and processes in Croatian history, from the Early Middle Ages to the present. It is taught in English, on the level adjusted to students in different fields, from humanities to all other areas, and coming from varoius national education systems. The course is availabale in both winter and summer semesters.  Contact

Courses taught in English at the Faculty of Humanities (pdf, History on p. 5)
Courses taught in English at the University

Guide - Faculty of Humanities (pdf, Croatian)
University calendar 2023/24 (pdf)
Teaching time table 2023/24

ECTS coordinator and Erasmus contact person at the Department of History
International Office

Department of History in CROATIAN