Department of History
The Department of History offers M.A. and Ph.D. Programmes. The thrust areas of the Department are Indo-Portuguese History, Maritime Studies and Indian History with a special focus on the History of Goa. At the M.A level, the Department endeavours to make the M.A. students competent in understanding historical developments at the regional, national and international levels within an interdisciplinary analytical framework. The compulsory courses deal with the foundational aspects of historical study and include courses in Indian History, Asian History and in European and Goan History, in addition to courses on Theories of History and Historical Method. The Department offers a wide range of optional courses on emerging and innovative areas as well as issues of current relevance, such as Oral History, Maritime History, Trade and Urbanisation in India, Heritage Tourism, Post-Colonial Goa and Environmental History of India.
The Department is planning to offer M.Phil. Programme from the academic year 2013-14.
Presently three faculty members are eligible to guide Ph.D. students in the Department. Besides, Dr.A.S.Gaur, and Dr.Sila Tripathi serving at the Marine Archaeology Centre, National Institute of Oceanography are two archaeologists who are recognised by Goa University for guiding Ph.D. students in History at the Department
The Department, under the guidance and leadership of the first Vice-Chancellor of Goa University and a reputed Historian Prof. B. Sheik Ali, has organised the Golden Jubilee Year Session (1987) of Indian History Congress. Then Prof.B.S.Shastry was heading the Department. The Department has hosted the XI Annual Conference of Place Names Society of India (1990). It has also organised an International Seminar on Maritime Activities in India with special reference to the Portuguese 1500-1800 (2001) and a National Seminar on History of Goa (2003). One of the best practices of the Department is that in collaboration with the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology, Government of Goa, it organises annual seminar on a specific theme of History of Goa usually covering the period from ancient to modern. This has resulted in several publications containing the proceedings of these seminars.