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                                       About the department

The Department of History which was officially opened along with the establishment of Samara University had been a functional Unit of the Faculty of Education having various Departments.  The opening of the Department at the time was crucial in line with the urgent need of training and producing prospective Secondary School History teachers under the auspicious of strong objective of discharging its institutional responsibility and implementing the nationwide strategy of Teachers Development Program (TDP).

Up on the launching of the program, the Department envisaged two distinct programs: Regular Degree& Summer-in-Service programs. Since then, it has successfully carried out its duty of training successive batches of graduates with Bachelor of Education Degree (BED) in History in the old Curriculum; and thus, it is believed it had contributed to some extent in alleviating the acute shortage of trained man power in the field.

However, with the termination of the old Teachers Development Program, the department is basically obliged to revise its curriculum as it was accomplished long before by the same departments of other universities of the country. Accordingly, since 2012/13 with the inclusion of new courses of heritage Management relevant to the students, the graduates in the department began to be awarded with a degree called “ Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Heritage Management”. The program is interdisciplinary in its design. It comprises a core of courses in History and Historiography, Heritage management, Museum, Tourism, Archaeology, Records and Archives, and a selection of common courses drawn from different disciplines in the College of social sciences and Humanities.

The department  has been playing it own role by producing competent graduates who could  serve the region and the country at large in different sectors, conducting problem solving researches, providing community services and other related services. So far the number of graduates reaches above 300 students including this year graduates.  Currently, the department has only two regular batches with one section each and one section summer degree student.


  • Producing competent graduate equipped with democratic principles and values
  • Ensuring quality education as per national (HERQA) and international standards.
  • Implement the new education and training policy of the country.
  • Increase education accessibility and program diversity
  • Conducting problem solving research and providing community service activities in the area of livestock health and production.


  • The vision of the Ethiopian government in the area of education in higher institution is to attain quality education and training system which assures at producing competent citizens. In line with this, the Department of History and Heritage Management is to be a center of academic excellence in the field of History and Heritage Management through innovative teaching of recent perspective of History and enhance awareness of the world history in general and the nation’s history in particular with reference to human-evolution in pre-historic and historic human phenomena and their spatial variation amongst students of the discipline and allied sciences.

                  Core Values of the Department

The department believes that the following values are instrumental for accomplishing its mission and achieving its vision.

  • Student first: What are we for without students?! Hence, we value our students and their affairs are our top concerns.
  • Commitment: The academic core process strives to build an organizational culture and self-belongingness in its staffs for institutional reputability based on successful execution of mission. Thus, the university community is committed to perform assigned duties at the best of their ability with quality and speedy service that help the development and transformation efforts to bring fundamental change in the  quality and life standard of the community.
  • Strive for quality: the academic core process strives to satisfy its customers and stakeholders by offering a standardized service by making quality as our guiding principle.
  • Team spirit: Our future success depends on how effective are we at forming a strong sprit on our teams. Thus, we encourage team work in our process and familiarize our students with team work.
  • Respect for diversity: academic core process articulates with innermost respect for diversity. It believes that diversity is a valuable asset and a source of unity and strength. Therefore, every member of the university respects the diversity of culture, ethnicity, religion, language and gender.
  • Professional ethics: academic core process is an institution where professional ethics is guaranteed on the bases of cultivation of the culture of social responsibility. Therefore, academic and research staffs foster and keep this culture in every aspect of human research.
  • Community centered: We are not an island. We are part of and live with the community. We feel their pains and share their joy. Therefore, we feel proud to belong to and serve our community.
  • Accountability- promotes accountability at individual and institutional levels with full answerability to the public and the University community.
  • Academic freedom– adheres to principles of academic freedom in an effort to advance academic wisdom and create an environment for free discussion and dissemination of ideas and research findings.
  • Democracy and transparency– Promotes principles of democratic values and transparency in its academic and administrative systems.

           Facilities and Resources of the Department

  • The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies offers courses in comfortable classrooms that it shares with other departments of the College of Social Science and Humanities. Furthermore, the department has highly qualified and experienced staff members actively involved in teaching, research and community service activities. The expertise of the staff covers areas like MA in History, Ethiopian study, African study, Archaeology and Heritage Management and Cultural Studies.

 Department’s  Head

As per the CSSH’s announcement for the head of the department candidacy, the Department Head is selected from the teaching staff based on merit and interest. The term of office of the Department Head is two years and Currently, Mr. Kedir Tahir is serving as Head of the Department. 


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