Study History

In addition to offering an understanding of how the world we live in came to be, a degree in history provides practical skills that are transferable to a wide variety of careers. Research, writing, and critical thinking skills are at the heart of historical inquiry. Our students learn how to ask probing questions, find the answers, and craft persuasive, evidence-based answers. Whether in government work or the private sector, employers value the skills that an Arts degree in history provides.

The major is designed to develop these skills over time, building year on year. In the gateway units, student gain a foundation in the broad sweep of premodern and modern history and get their feet wet with the critical analysis of primary sources. The cornerstones at second year tackle major themes across time and place, allowing students to explore new contexts while extending their research and writing skills.

Across second and third years, student also choose among our wide variety of elective offerings. From the history of witchcraft to war to decolonisation, from medieval Europe to colonial Australia to the modern US, these varied units probe more focused topics.

By the capstone unit at third year, students are ready to engage with a wider range of methodologies and to dig deeply into a topic of their own choosing, crafting a research project in close consultation with staff. For those who choose to go on to honours, the capstone offers a taste of what that kind of independent work will be like.

Those students who pursue honours will find the experience of designing an original research project of larger scale and working one-on-one with staff a satisfying and enriching endeavour that pushes their skills to a new level.

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