The Department of General and Economic History is one of the oldest departments at USUE. It was founded in 1967 as a Department of CPSU History. Being a university-wide department, it always worked with students of all specialties and all areas and forms of training. In the course of its activity, the department established close ties with the Institute of History and Archeology at the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and with Ural State University named after. A.M. Gorky (now UrFU).
Over the years of its existence, the department defended 25 candidate (PhD) and doctoral dissertations. In 2015-2016 academic year, among its faculty members there are 5 Doctors of Sciences and 8 Candidates of Sciences (PhD) . Academic degree holder rate of the department is 93%.
The department was one of the first in the region to introduce a multi-conceptual approach to the teaching of history. The key areas of research of its faculty members are the aspects of historiography, economic history, history of education in Russia, international relations, etc.
Teachers of the department regularly undergo advanced training both within USUE and outside it (Moscow, Tomsk, Irkutsk, Voronezh, etc.). The department staff is fully engaged in competitions for grants of the Russian Fund for Humanities (RFH) and RFH-Ural. In recent years, the research has been carried out for the following grants:
Annually, the department organizes a thematic scientific and practical conference of students and young scientists, in which students of USUE and the college of USUE, as well as representatives of other universities of Yekaterinburg and Russia take part.
Under the guidance of the department, such major projects as SCO-2009, educational and role-playing games "Elections of the State Duma Deputies" and "Elections of a Megapolis Mayor" were organized at USUE.
Employees of the department prepared books on the history of Ural State University of Economics: "Ural State University of Economics. Outline of History "(1998); "Ural State University of Economics in Biographies" (2001); "From Religious Seminary to University: 150 Years of Educational Activity within the Walls of USUE" (2008).