The Department of History and Archaeology was initially started in 1971 as the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology in Andhra University P.G. Center campus. As this course pattern required field orientation, compulsory field work on different aspects is also incorporated in the course component.
In course time in 1985 M.A History component was started and since then the name of the Department was changed as History & Archaeology. The department began offering two postgraduate courses i.e. History and Ancient History & Archaeology. The department offers M.Phil. And Ph.D. courses in both branches under Full time/Part time/ FIP/ Extra - mural History Students are trained in all related subjects like national, regional, european and contemporary histories while Archaeology Students are trained in Pre-history, art and architecture and epigraphy. The Dept has produced 24 PhDs and 65 M.Phils, comprising work on different specializations. Since 1999 onwards the department has introduced tourism component in its course structure to both the courses to make it more viable to suit the job-oriented studies.
Ever since the inception of the department in 1971, it has earned name as advanced center for study of Archaeology. Hence, so many students form the department got appointments in Archaeological Survey of India, State Department of Archaeology & Museums Hyderabad, Museums run by private agencies etc. The appointments at present range to Superintending Archaeologists to technical Assistants in Archaeological Survey of India and Deputy Directors to Technical Assistants in State Department of Archaeology. Many trained post graduates from the department have become Lecturers, Readers in Degree / College and some become Teachers. Besides these several students of the department are serving the government and Banks in administrative positions and a few are appointed in different private organizations.
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