About the Department of History
After its establishment, Jimma Institute of Health Sciences (JIHS) started offering supplementary and remedial courses. One of such courses offered to health students was Introduction to the History of Ethiopia and the Horn which was later entitled Survey of the History of Ethiopia and the Horn (Hist.102). History was one of the many units under the Basic, Natural and Social Sciences Department before becoming a full-fledged department in the 2002/2003 academic year.
Today the MA in History is one of the University’s forty-nine graduate programmes. As a department, History started handling regular, summer and extension diploma and degree programmes. It continued to revise its curriculum in compliance with the arising changes and the needs of the trainees and the country at large. The first Teacher Education System Overhaul (TESO) curriculum worked well in the sense that it placed a strong emphasis on the professional courses of teaching, including practicum courses. As curricula are not sacred documents, they should be revisited to make them up-to-date and relevant to the dynamic and ever-growing needs of society. Therefore, as part of its endeavours to improve the quality of teacher-education in history, the Department has made revisions to the original TESO document. The first revision was made in the 2005/06 academic year and it helped to improve mastery of the subject matter of the students involved in the programme by incorporating new courses. This curriculum was designed to improve the quality of the teacher training by incorporating additional courses, particularly in major areas so as to produce history teachers who are equipped with better mastery of the subject matter as well as skills of teaching. Meanwhile, since the 2008/09 academic year, a new programme has been implemented; it is extracted from the draft curriculum prepared by different universities for the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree programme in History and Heritage Management. In the 2009/10 academic year, the Masters of Arts degree programme in history was launched.