Department of History and History of Art Teaching and research. The Department of History and History of Art, one of the founding departments of the University of Girona, is built upon an intellectual conviction: that all human actions in the past are relevant and are object of reflection and study. An understanding of the past gives us tools not only to gain awareness of our position in the present, but also as a method of critical analysis to look towards the future in an understanding way. The main objective of the teaching staff in this department —who are mostly members of theIRH- is to provide undergraduate and doctoral students with tools that will allow them to take part in constructing historical, academic and cultural discourse. And above all, we hope that given their humanist training, they will become professionals of the History of Art and History in a globalized world.