Academic programs

Licence in History

General information

Prerequisites for enrolment
Admission conditions
Length of studies
6 semesters
Campus Hannah Arendt - Site Sainte Marthe
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Cost and financial aid
Initial training  
Continuous training (employees, jobseekers, self-employed)
Accessible as

Licence's degree in Humanities and Social Sciences, majoring in History


Erasmus Training Area

08.3 History

Contact for Erasmus:
Stéphane Durand

ERASMUS field (if applicable)



Research centers partnerships

AnHiMA (UMR CNRS 8210),
Centre Norbert Elias (UMR CNRS 8562).

The presence of these research units reflects the strong recognition of the CNRS as well as a long-term partnership with EHESS.

A site agreement has been signed between Avignon University, the EHESS, the CNRS and the INRA.

Institution partnerships

Departmental and municipal archives as well as libraries and museums

Vaucluse Archaeological Service

The heritage department of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Agreements have been signed for several years with the City of Avignon and the City of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue or will be signed with the City of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

External professionals who ensure the presence of the socio-economic and cultural environment within the training:
5 Representatives of the socio-professional world Lenka Bokova (curator, Maison Jean Vilar, Avignon) Sylvestre Clap (curator of the Municipal Archives of Avignon and the Palais du Roure) François Guyonnet (director of heritage at the town hall of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue) Aure Lecres (assistant to the curator, Municipal Archives of Avignon) Louis Millet (assistant to the curator, Palais du Roure, Avignon) take part in the training of the Licence's degree students and are part of the steering committee of the training.


Prerequisites for enrolment : Bac

Required former training


Public report of the Parcoursup Vectors Examination Commission available here in PDF format.


Admission conditions

Admission by right for all holders of the Baccalauréat.

In addition to the national expectations defined for the History major, the candidates for the History Licence of Avignon University must meet the following expectations:
- Interest in cultural and patrimonial issues
- Curiosity for Human and Social Sciences, in particular sociology and geography


At the University of Avignon and Pays de Vaucluse, the pre-registration and registration procedures are done online on the website, see the "Registration" section.
Please note that some courses are only accessible after one or more pre-selection and/or selection stages. Therefore, before registering, you must meet all the conditions for admission.

The History degree at the University of Avignon and Pays de Vaucluse (UAPV) is designed to allow for a progressive specialisation based on the knowledge of historical sources and the major chronological sequences of ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary history. After three "general" semesters, the course offers, from semester 4 onwards, more specialised teaching within two distinct courses: Historical sciences and teaching or Heritage: art, culture, archaeology.

The teaching of the four main periods constitutes the core of the curriculum. The fundamental teaching units always combine two periods throughout the course.

This allows students to master the major chronological sequences and to use the appropriate geographical scales.

Two other elements of the core curriculum are the discovery of other human and social sciences, in particular Geography and Information and Communication Sciences, as well as the practice of a foreign language.

Details by semester:

    Introduction to the modern and contemporary periods, and a first methodological approach to the historical approach.
    Introduction to ancient and medieval periods, as well as to geography and medieval art.
    Study of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, complemented by contemporary history or art history.
    Study of the modern and contemporary periods, with additional studies in geography or art history.
    Thematic approaches to the four historical periods, supplemented by geography, preparation for teaching, or art history.
    Thematic approaches to the four historical periods, supplemented by geography, preparation for teaching, or an introduction to the heritage professions.
Licence's degree in History - Training brochure 2020-2021

Pedagogical courses
HISTORY Semester 1
HISTORY Semester 2
HISTORY Semester 3
HISTORY Semester 4
HISTORY Semester 5
HISTORY Semester 6


Conditions of validation

Continuous assessment and final exams.

Some modules are subject to continuous assessment only.

Year of highschool graduation
Bac + 3
Level of education obtained after completion
Niveau III

Targeted skill(s)

The Licence's degree in History of Avignon University allows its students to develop their personal work capacity, their general culture, as well as their critical spirit and their ability to synthesize.
The supervision and the personalized follow-up allowed by a university of human size are of course assets in this matter.

From semester 4 onwards, the programme offers more specialised courses in two distinct tracks: Historical sciences and teaching or Heritage: art, culture, archaeology. The first prepares students for research and teaching masters (Master's degree in Teaching, Education and Training MEEF and Master's degree in History with a specialization in Public Spaces: Culture and Politics) and the second prepares students for careers in conservation (Master's degree in History with a specialization in Heritage and Historical Archives).

Exit level

L3: enrolment in preparation for the CAPES, the CAPE, and various competitive examinations for attachés or heritage conservation assistants

Career Opportunities

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Sector(s) of activity

social sciences
education - training

Functions and professions
In addition to teaching competitions (IUFM, CAPES, Agrégation), the History degree can lead to research jobs, but also to certain national or local civil service competitions (category A and B) as well as to jobs in the heritage, book and culture sectors (journalism, publishing, etc.).

Director of studies

Frédéric Monier (Licence 1 and head of Licence 2 and 3)
Stéphane Durand (CMI mention)
Claire Balandier (Licence 1 and Allure)
Bruno Bertherat (Director of studies Licence 1)
Olivier Rouchon (Director of studies Licence 2)

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Registrar office contact details

Date of update July 2, 2021