Investigation Units

Social Sciences

Center for Historical Research of Central America (CIHAC, for its acronym in Spanish)

It promotes and disseminates the research of the History of Central America with the aim of contributing to the comprehension and improvement of the regional societies through research projects of CIHAC and the Postgraduate program in History of the UCR. Its services include the promotion and dissemination of the research in History of the Isthmus and the sale of services of historical research, among others


  • It is an academic unit of scientific research of high quality, devoted to developing, promoting, doing, and coordinating research and dissemination in the field of History in Central and Latin America.

Main functions

  • To look for a better knowledge of History inside the context of Social Sciences through scientific and applied research
  • To promote research with a long-term perspective in all the areas of research developed by the University of Costa Rica
  • To promote, carry out and coordinate historical research according to the general policies of the University of Costa Rica
  • To integrate its activities to the exercise of undergraduate teaching, and especially to support the System of Postgraduate Studies
  • To stimulate the formation and training of historians and other specialists of related fields providing facilities for it
  • To disseminate the historical research linked to the analysis of the Costa Rican social reality, as well as Central American and our Continent’s
  • To advise the state office on its own remit when needed, according to the correspondent regulations and facilities
  • To keep relations with the institutions and foreign organisms in charge of the development of disciplines of the Center’s field of action, especially of Central America and the Caribbean
  • To promote programs of social actions generated by research



  • There has been a remunerated development of books on institutional history for groups or institutions of the country

Non Remunerated

  • Public conferences on research projects
  • Public seminars with international and national researchers
  • Open short courses
  • Support the research centers of campuses in the organization of research events