Institute of History

Institute of History Rejtana 16 c
 35-959 Rzeszów

phone no.: +48 17 872 13 06, +48 17 872 13 26


Head of the Institute
dr hab. Andrzej Bonusiak, prof. UR



dr Agnieszka Kawalec

dr Paweł Korzeniowski 


The Institute employs 39 educators including 8 professors, 12 post-doctoral degree holders, 26 doctors, 3 administrational workers.


The Institute comprises the following Units:

  1. Ancient History & Oriental Studies Unit
    head prof. Marek Jan Olbrycht
  2. Mediaeval History & Old Norse  Studies Unit
    head prof. Leszek Paweł Słupecki
  3. Modern History and History of the Church Unit
    head  rev.  prof. Stanisław Nabywaniec
  4.  19th Century History
     head dr hab. Jerzy Kuzicki, prof. UR
  5. Unit of the Recent History
    head dr hab. Jan Pisuliński, prof. UR
  6. Sociography and Political Systems Unit
    head dr hab. Jolanta Kamińska-Kwak, prof. UR
  7. Jewish History and Culture Unit
    head dr hab.  Wacław Wierzbieniec, prof. UR
  8. Economic and Social History Unit
    head dr hab. Paweł Grata, prof. UR
  9. Histography and Methodology of History Unit
    head dr hab.  Joanna Pisulińska, prof. UR
  10. Unit of Auxiliary Sciences of History
    head dr hab. Szczepan Kozak, prof. UR
  11. Unit of  Culturology
    head dr hab.  Stanisław Kryński, prof. UR


        Reaserch Office and Library of the Institute of History


Programmes offered by the Institute
 3-year BA degree courses (full-time) in History,  Culturology
 2-year MA degree courses (full-time) in History
4 -year PhD s in History 

The history of the Institute

 The beginnings of the historical studies at the Pedagogical University date back to 1973/74 when regular and part-time studies were organized, which coincided with the foundation of the Independent History Unit on 1 October 1974. At the beginning, it employed 4 full-time and 3 part-time staff members. Since the academic year 1974/75, the part-time studies were moved to Przemyśl. Considerable efforts to employ new scientific personnel and to expand didactic facilities bore fruit in 1977/78 when an MA programme in historical studies was started.

 A real breakthrough in organising historical studies in Rzeszów came with the transformation of the Independent History Unit into the Chair of History in 1981/82 and then into the Institute of History, in the 1982/83 academic school year.

 The late 1980s showed an intensive growth in the number of the Institute's staff. In 1990, it employed 14 professors, 11 doctors and 11 people with MA diplomas. Simultaneously, the institute has improved its material and scientific-didactic facilities and developed co-operation with other academic centres in Poland and abroad.

 In 1990s, there were 35 scientific staff members employed in the Unit of the Ancient and Mediaeval History, the Unit of Modern History, the Unit of the 19th Century History, the Unit of the Recent History of Poland, the Unit of General Recent History, and the Unit of History Didactics. In the academic year 1998/99,  a systematic growth of the Institute resulted in a growth of the number of its academic staff (up to 52 employees) and its Units (up to 12).

 In 1991, efforts were made to obtain the right to award doctoral degrees in history, which was crowned with success in 1993. The Faculty of Sociology and History was granted full rights in 1999. Since that time it has had the right to award Post-Doctoral Degrees (dr hab.) in history.

Main areas of research:
 politics, religion and economy of Ancient Greece and Rome
political, economical, cultural and ethnic relations in Central-Eastern Europe in the 14th-18th centuries
economic, cultural and ethnic changes in the 18th-19th Poland in comparison with other Central-Eastern European countries
Poland and the neighboring countries in the 20th century against the historical background of Central and Eastern Europe
historical sources
research into the history of the Church in Poland and Europe, as well as Ecclesiastical hagiography
histography of the 19th and 20th centuries and its methodological problems
modern didactics of history and its methodological foundations
cultural and social relations at the Polish-Russian (Ukrainian)- Slovakian ethnic boarder

International co-operation:
The Institute co-operates with:
 the State Universities in Lvov, Chernovtsy and Drohobych, the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian University in Ivano-Frankivsk and the Pedagogical University in Ternopol (Ukraine)
the University of Bielefeld, the Federal Institute of Eastern Research and International Relations, Cologne; the European Academy, Bocholt (Germany)
the University of Presov (Slovakia)
the University of Lecce, the 'La Sapienza Universita' of Rome (Italy)
the University of Timisoara, the University of Oradea (Romania)
 "1 Decembrie 1918" University in Alba Iulia (Romania)
National Academy of Land Forces in Lviv (Ukraine) 


Apart from organizing joint conferences and conducting co-ordinated inter-disciplinary research, the Institute also organises joint study camps for students from the Universities of Rzeszów, Lvov, Ternopol, and Drohobych.

The introduction of the European Credit Transfer System allows our students to complete a part of the course of their studies at other universities in Poland and abroad.