The Department of History offers a variety of courses, but its main focus is on Seljuk history and Ottoman history, the history of Islam, and the histories of the Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Balkans. The department gives priority to the study of Turkish history and the history of Islam from a broader perspective. In addition to providing a general historical formation, the aim is to introduce students to primary sources, including archival documents, as well as modern research methods so that they will be able to conduct research in the field.