The Department of History was founded in 1920 as the Department of Chronicle (Yazawin) when the University of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was first established. When Myanmar gained independence in 1948, the name of the department changed to Political Science and Far East History. When a new education system was started in 1964 the department was designated the Department of History; this name remains.
The Department of History offers courses in Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Myanmar History, Ancient and Modern South East Asian History, Nation Building of South East Asia, the Middle East, Far Eastern History (Japan, Korea and China), American and Russian History, World History, Myanmar History and Culture, Myanmar Studies, Environmental History, Political Science, International Relations, History of Science and Technology, Research Methodology.

DEGREES OFFERED ARE:

  • B.A. History (4 years)
  • B.A. Hons, History (5 years)
  • M.A History (2 years)
  • M.Res History (1 year)
  • Ph.D History (5 years)
  • Diploma in Myanmar History and Culture (1 year)

Dr Thin Thin Aye Professor

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Dr Zaw Soe Min Professor

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Dr Khin Myo Win Associate Professor

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Dr Maung Maung Hla Associate Professor

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Dr Hla Hla Yin Htwe Associate Professor

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Dr Su Su Naing Lecturer

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Dr Zaw Lynn Aung Lecturer

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Daw Soe Soe Htway Lecturer

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U Ko Ko Toe Lwin Thaw Lecturer

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Dr Yin Yin Khine Lecturer

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Daw Cho Lay Sint Lecturer

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Dr Nan Hlaing Lecturer

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Dr Ni Zin Soe Lecturer

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U Khin Maung Lwin Lecturer

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Daw Khin Mar Wai Lecturer

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Daw Phyo Wai Aung Lecturer

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Daw Theingi Shwe Lecturer

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Daw Aye Aye Khine Lecturer

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Dr K Khine Kyaw Assistant Lecturer

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Dr Myo Win New Assistant Lecturer

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Most research is related to Myanmar History with a special focus on the Political, Economic and Social History of Myanmar. The Ancient History of Myanmar based on stone Inscriptions is a popular subject.  The Cultural History and Religions of Myanmar are less well researched.

We realise that we should do research on Contemporary Myanmar History, Women’s History, Nuns’ history, the History of modern Non-government Organisations (NGOs) and International NGOs History,  Myanmar Democracy and Human Rights etc.  We need to reconsider our fields of study, how and why our research on Myanmar should be produced. We are investigating what fields, disciplines or activities have most shaped our understanding on the study of history.

Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs)

An MoU signed in 2012 outlines a relationship between the History Department of the University of Yangon with the University of Passau in Germany.  Two Professors from the Department of History gave lectures at the University of Passau in 2014 and 2015. One Professor participated in a conference on Myanmar in Passau in 2015.

1. Medieval Myanmar
2. Modern Myanmar
3. Contemporary Myanmar
a. Social History
b. Political History
c. Economic History
4. Contemporary China and India
5. Gender Studies
6. Contemporary Southeast Asia

Curriculum

Curriculum for B.A Degree (History Specialization)

*A student can choose any two elective courses

Foundation Courses

Ma 1001 Myanmar

Eng 1001 English
Myan 1001 (3) Myanmar
Eng 1001 (3) English
 

Core Courses

Hist 1101 (4) Political Theories I
Hist 1102 (4) World History (1500-1900) I

 

Elective Courses (for History specialization)

Phil 1001 (3) – Logic in Practice I
Geog 1003 (3) – Geography of Southeast Asian Countries
OS 1003 (3) – Buddhist Culture
Psy 1001 (3) – Psychology of Adolescence I
Myan 1003 (3) – MyanmarZarTiMarnSarPay

 
Elective courses (for other specialization)
Hist 1001 (3) Introduction to Myanmar Civilization I
Hist 1002 (3) Renaissance Italy (14th Century to 15th Century)
Hist 1003 (3) World History to 1500 I
Hist 1004 (3) World History 1500 – 1900 I

*A student can choose any one elective course

Foundation Courses
Myan 1002 (3) Myanmar
Eng 1002 (3) English

Core Courses

Hist 1103 (4) Political Theories II
Hist 1104 (4) World History (1500-1900) II

Elective Courses(for History specialization)
Phil 1003 (3)– Logic in Practice II
Geog 1004 (3)– Geography of Myanmar
OS 1008 (3)– History of Buddhism
Psy 1003 (3)– Psychology of Adolescence II
Myan 1004 (3)– MyanmarZarTiMarnSarPay

Elective courses (for other specialization)
Hist 1005 (3) Introduction to Myanmar Civilization II
Hist 1006 (3) Reformation Europe (1450-1650)
Hist 1007 (3) World History to 1500 II
Hist 1008 (3) World History 1500 – 1900 II

 

 

 

 

CURRICULUM FOR B.A. DEGREE
strong>Semester I

Fundamental Courses
Eng 2001 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 2101 (4) Ancient Myanmar I
Hist 2102 (4) Ancient Southeast Asia
Hist 2103 (4) World History 1900 to Present I

Elective courses (for History specialization) (*)
Hist 2104 (3) – Political Organization I (Major Elective)
Hist 2105 (3) – History of Science and Technology I
Geog 2005 (3) – Political Geography I
Phil 2001 (3) – History of Western Intellectual Development I
OS 2005 (3) – Pali Philology

Elective courses (for other specialization) (*)
Hist 2001 (3) History of Science and Technology I
Hist 2002 (3) World History 1900 to Present I
Elective course (for English Specialization) (*)
Hist 2003 (3) Social History of England I

Semester II

Fundamental Courses
Eng 2001 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 2101 (4) Ancient Myanmar I
Hist 2102 (4) Ancient Southeast Asia
Hist 2103 (4) World History 1900 to Present I

Elective courses (for History specialization) (*)
Hist 2104 (3) – Political Organization I (Major Elective)
Hist 2105 (3) – History of Science and Technology I
Geog 2005 (3) – Political Geography I
Phil 2001 (3) – History of Western Intellectual Development I
OS 2005 (3) – Pali Philology

Elective courses (for other specialization) (*)
Hist 2001 (3) History of Science and Technology I
Hist 2002 (3) World History 1900 to Present I
Elective course (for English Specialization) (*)
Hist 2003 (3) Social History of England I

CURRICULUM FOR B.A. DEGREE
Semester I


Fundamental Courses
Eng 3001 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 3101 (4) Modern Myanmar I
Hist 3102 (4) Modern Southeast Asia I
Hist 3103 (4) Modern China
Hist 3104 (4) Modern Russia

Elective courses (*)
Hist 3105 (3) Modern India I
Hist 3106 (3) Economic and Social History of Modern Southeast Asia I
Hist 3107 (3) Foreign Relations in the Konbaung Period I

Semester II

Fundamental Courses
Eng 2001 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 3108 (4) Modern Myanmar II
Hist 3109 (4) Modern Southeast Asia II
Hist 3110 (4) Modern Japan
Hist 3111 (4) Modern USA

Elective courses (*)
Hist 3112 (3) Modern India II
Hist 3113 (3) Economic and Social History of Modern Southeast Asia II
Hist 3114 (3) Foreign Relations in the Konbaung Period II

CURRICULUM FOR B.A. DEGREE
Semester I

Foundation Courses
Eng 4001 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 4101 (4) Myanmar Historiography I
Hist 4102 (4) Myanmar Historical Literature I
Hist 4103 (4) Contemporary Southeast Asia I
Hist 4104 (4) Modern Middle East I
Hist 4105 (4) International Relations since 1945 I

Semester II

Foundation Courses
Eng 4002 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 4106 (4) Myanmar Historiography II
Hist 4107 (4) Myanmar Historical Literature II
Hist 4108 (4) Contemporary Southeast Asia II
Hist 4109 (4) Modern Middle East II
Hist 4110 (4) International Relations since 1945 II