The Department is widely-known in Greece for its demanding, innovative and rewarding curriculum, which is built around the idea of allowing students a free choice among dozens of subjects available each semester. The only constraint to free choice is that the student is required to accumulate a certain number of credits in specific fields depending on the degree program he/she has decided to follow.
The minimum period of study is eight semesters, that is four years. To obtain the degree in History and Archaeology with specialization in Ancient and Medieval History, Modern and Contemporary History or Archaeology, one has to successfully complete a study program of 52 courses (that is an average of about 6 courses per semester) in one of the three programs available:
1. Ancient and Medieval History (Degree Program A1). It is focused on Ancient, Byzantine and European Medieval History.
2. Modern and Contemporary History (Degree Program A2). It is aimed to train students to scholarly approach the history of modern Greek society in relation to worldwide developments from the Renaissance onwards.
3. Archaeology (Degree Program B). Its purpose is to familiarize students with the study of the material remnants of past civilizations from Prehistory to the Middle Ages, and also with the history of art from antiquity to present day.
Courses are offered in two forms:
1. Series of lectures: These are courses whose aim is to acquaint students with a wide subject area or topic. Students performance is by assessed through oral or written examination at the end of each semester. Those who fail the examination are given a second opportunity, which is their final for the specific course.
2. Seminars: These require the active participation of students, who are obliged to study a specific topic under the supervision of one of the faculty members. Each student must present orally a paper on his/her subject of choice and then write an essay about it.
The academic year lasts from September 1st to August 31st. It is divided in two semesters of thirteen weeks of classes each followed by examination periods of three weeks each. Winter-semester classes usually start in late September and last until late December. Exams are carried out in January and the spring semester starts in mid-February. Classes finish at the end of May and exams take place in June. A third exam period, for those who have failed in the first two periods, occurs in September.