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History courses in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences are designed to develop critical intelligence through the study of the past. The program offers a variety of approaches, each emphasising the basic disciplinary skills of assimilating and weighing evidence, analysing historical problems, constructing and testing historical hypotheses and presenting conclusions clearly and logically.

These skills are important to both Arts and Science students. The critical and analytical skills that History can impart are useful in whichever specialised branch of the Services cadets may choose.

The major in History begins with Level I History. Students have maximum flexibility in completing the major. They are able to select their own combinations of single-session courses (Level II or III), regardless of their year level.

The two first-year courses consist of subjects focussed on the key themes in global history of trade, diplomacy and war from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries. At the upper-level, students are able to choose from a wide range of courses dealing with the military, social and cultural history of Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States.

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Minimum Units of Credit


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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 48 UOC.

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Level 2 and 3 Electives

Level 2 and 3 Electives description.

Students must complete 36 UOC from Level 2 and 3 courses, with at least 18 UOC at Level 3.

Additional Information


The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a fourth-year honours program consisting of coursework and sub-thesis which expands and further develops the intellectual skills of our best students. Admission to honours in History is at the discretion of the Head of School. Interested students should contact the Honours Program Coordinator within HASS.

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