Why study history at ICES ?

General culture and intellectual curiosity


At ICES, the Licence (Bachelor equivalent) program aims to educate men and women to know how to observe or even more, interpret events using the critical faculties of trained intellects, to be capable of formulating and expressing opinions in the most logical and clearest way and finally to know how to adapt and react according to the choices they have made.
History is the common denominator of all forms of general knowledge and History courses associated with the study of Law, Politics and Economy provide students with a firm cultural basis and equip them to tackle the study of contemporary subjects such as globalization, Europe, ecology, urban politics, trade unionism...

History, Human Sciences or Language Studies

These study areas examine in chronological order the great figures in the world of History. From ancient to modern History, every period is studied from the first year, re-analyzed and treated in greater depth in subsequent years, looking at the different aspects of the economic, demographic, social, ideological and philosophical contexts relating to the politics of the time.
General culture courses in harmony with specialized historical and geographical modules, aim to prepare students for the teaching professions (teachers' competitive exams) or other professional development courses (cultural occupations, business and communication schools), or to enter the 3rd year of the Political Sciences degree course for students who have chosen this option, or for continuation into the 2nd cycle of Historical Studies.

Complementary Introductory course

Career paths after the Degree course are not limited to research and the teaching professions. Students can also envisage applying to schools of communication or journalism or taking the competitive exams for the Civil Service. For this they must have a well-developed general culture, which means being prepared to be receptive to new spheres of knowledge. Hence the creation of this discipline. Given the heavy workload and complexity of the syllabus, this option is intended only for students who achieve a high level in their school leaving exams.

National Heritage

For 3rd year students interested in French history and culture, the program National Heritage initiates them into the professional dimension of the subject. They will study the different aspects of French National Heritage through its monuments and museum collections of the successive political systems from 1789 to the present day.

This program also aims to give students a high-level knowledge base equipping them to envisage a career in a cultural institution under local administration.

Study abroad and joint diploma with the University of Chicoutimi in Quebec

Motivated students can do their last year of the Degree course at the university of Chicoutimi following an especially conceived program validated by a joint diploma associating the Baccalauréat of the Canadian university and the French Licence. It is also possible to do one semester of studies in England or in Spain. In the 4th year students can do a one-semester program in the Lebanon or the United States. The International Relations Office helps students in the organization of these stays.
The study course abroad is validated as an integral part of the French course, giving the History Degree and the student's CV an international dimension.

Master's Degree for Semester 1 2009: "Crises, wars, revolutions and totalitarian régimes in the modern and contemporary age".

This Master's Degree has a two-fold aim through its advanced studies in history, social science and geostrategy. Firstly, to provide students with the methodological know-how necessary for those who want to continue their studies to the level of doctorate in the domain of crisis and totalitarianism. Secondly it comes within a continuity of the general culture educational training offered during the Licence at ICES, and brings students up to the level of knowledge sufficient to pass the competitive exams for the civil service (administration attaché, territorial attaché, editor, etc.)

Erasmus and exchange students, contact the International Relations Office for more information