About history

History at Monash is one of the largest programs in Australia, covering American, Medieval and Renaissance, European, Australian, Asian, global history, Jewish and contemporary histories.

Why choose history?

History is exciting, inspiring and diverse. Finding out about past peoples and societies opens up a world of fascinating stories and ideas. You’ll learn how history can inform the present and the future based on wise and unwise decisions made in the past. You’ll develop valuable skills in research, writing and forming a well-structured argument.

What will you study?

Here are just some examples of the units you could study:

  • Revolutions and Empire in the Modern World
  • Exchange and Encounter in the Premodern World
  • Slavery: A history
  • Struggles for Justice: The history of rebellion, resistance, and revolt
  • Making History: Research and Writing
  • Environment, economy and society in world history
  • Decolonisation: Past and present
  • Witches and depravity in the medieval and early modern world
  • The rise and fall of Nazi Germany
  • The history of war
  • People and plagues: Diseases that changed history
  • Modern China: from the Middle Kingdom to Mao and beyond
  • American Empire: The United States from colonies to superpower

What careers will you be ready for?

Studying history means a range of career opportunities are available in areas such as:

  • Media and communications
  • Foreign affairs
  • Museum curatorship
  • Journalism
  • Conservation
  • Librarianship and much more.

Who will be teaching you?

Monash University boasts one of the most distinguished and prolific history departments in Australia. It gathers together a community of scholar-teachers whose award-winning research expertise informs work in the classroom that has earned national recognition. Our historians specialise in Australia, Europe, Asia and the United States across the premodern and modern eras. Thematic interests include urban history, memory and emotion, diaspora, medicine and health, colonialism and decolonisation, and gender and the family. The department houses practitioners of a wide range of methodologies, including oral history, social history, cultural history, and political history. We bring these diverse interests and skills into the classroom, guiding our students in the development of their own research interests and exciting projects.

Global study

With Monash’s impressive international links, you’ll get the opportunity to venture into contexts where you can apply your expertise.

Short term programs:

  • Blood and guts: The history of medicine in Europe
  • In the footsteps of refugees – Vietnam and Indonesia
  • Final journey: Remembering the Holocaust – France, Italy, Germany, Poland and Amsterdam
  • The Renaissance in Florence – Italy

Exchange programs include:

  • National University of Singapore
  • University of Tokyo – Japan
  • Utrecht University – The Netherlands
  • Francois Rabelais University of Tours – France
  • Tel Aviv University – Israel
  • University of Exeter – England.

GIG: Global Immersion Guarantee

The Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) is an award-winning initiative that will enable you to explore first-hand the relationships between society, technology and the environment. It’s a two-week, funded study trip for all eligible first-year Monash Arts, single or double degree students to one of six destinations – China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or the Pacific Islands.

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