About the Department of History

History started to be offered as a course sometime after the foundation Jimma Institute of Health Sciences (JIHS) in 1983. As it was health institution, it offered different health science courses. Simultaneously it also 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 Basic, Natural and Social Sciences Department until it became a full-fledged department in 2002/2003 academic year after the foundation of Jimma University.

Jimma University (JU) was established in December 1999 and officially inaugurated on 27 April 2000 by the amalgamation of JIHS and Jimma College of Agriculture (JCA). The latter was established in 1952 as the first agricultural training school in Ethiopia. At the time, it was called Jimma Agricultural Training School (JATS). Later, it became Jimma College of Agriculture (JCA). In 2004, School of Veterinary Medicine was launched and it became Jimma College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (JUCAVM).

The Department of History was established as one of the departments in the Faculty of Education, Jimma University, in 2002 /03 academic year. Five batches graduate in Bachelor of Education in History from 2005/06 to 2009/10 academic year. Ensuing the structural reform made in line with the beginning of the implementation of BPR (Business Process Reengineering) in 2009 departments from three different faculties, i.e., Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences came together and formed the College of Social Sciences and Law. The department is one of the departments that constitute college of Social Sciences and Law.

The Department of History started handling regular, summer and extension diploma and degree programmes soon after its foundation.  But in recent years post graduate and distance programmes have been added to the aforementioned programmes.

Objectives of the Department

The courses of study  offered by the department are developed and structured in such a way that student will acquire and develop basic knowledge of the historical material in depth, engage in exercise of critical thinking about historical themes and issues and develop skills of identifying and solving historical problems through methodological research. The followings are among the main objectives of the department:

  • Training full-fledged researchers committed to the discipline of history and heritage management to tackle the problem of the society using the potentials and possibilities embedded in the profession.
  • Producing skilled personnel and professionals who carry out research in the political, economic, social and cultural history of Ethiopia.
  • Producing professionals who are well versed in various aspects of the past, especially of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa (environmental, political, economic, social, ethnographic dynamics and intricacies in the region).
  • Producing scholars with the tradition of tolerance towards the ethnic and cultural diversity of the country.
  • Creating professionals with clear world view and ability to relate their profession with local, regional, national and international dynamics and realities and to create polymath students (candidates) who can confer a good knowledge of history for the benefit of posterity.

Department of History and Heritage Management aspires to be the leading centre of historical studies and research  in the country, renown in Africa and recognized in the world.

Department of History and Heritage strives to be a center of academic excellence integrating training, research and community service.

Management Structure of the Department
The Department Council
The Department Council (DC) is the central decision-making body of the department. All instructors of the department are members of the DC having an equal vote on any matter. It is chaired by the department head.  Issues of teaching, study, staff promotion and appointment are among the issues discussed during the DC Meeting. The DC meeting is held frequently.