History Major

Bachelor of Arts, 3 years full-time, Parkville. CRICOS code: 002167E

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On successful completion of this major, students will be able to

  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of several periods or cultures of the past
  • locate, identify, analyse and contextualise materials that provide insight into the past
  • display a critical understanding of a variety of conceptual approaches, both national and international, to interpreting the past
  • understand the development of the discipline of History, its past and present
  • understand how historians relate and respond to their social, cultural and political environments
  • demonstrate the ability to research on a defined topic according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline
  • engage with, and respond to, divergent historical interpretations using critical thinking skills, including through student-centred group work
  • demonstrate a high level of clarity and fluency in communication and collaboration, including oral and written presentation of evidence-based narratives and effective work in small groups
  • reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in the study of history, and on how these might be applied to scholarship, employment and citizenship

Course Description

Offered by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

Understand the worlds of the past and reflect on the making of the present. Develop the capacity to locate information, analyse evidence, think critically and communicate effectively. History offers both great range and detailed attention to particular places, times and themes. Subjects extend from the medieval world through the great empires to the recent past. All subjects reflect the latest developments in historical research and vocational practice.


  • Historian
  • Curatorship and tourism
  • Teaching
  • Academia and Research
  • Media and current affairs
  • Government and policy formation
  • Librarianship and archival work
  • Publishing and editing
  • Management and administration

Access Object-Based Learning 

As part of History, you will have the opportunity to experience Object-Based Learning (OBL) throughout your studies.

Object-Based Learning encourages you to engage directly with cultural objects in a manner that moves away from the traditional, passive approach to imparting knowledge. With access to two Object-Based Learning labs equipped with in-built display cases, you will have the opportunity to engage directly with cultural objects to closely assess and analyse how these objects relate to theory.  

The integration of objects into subjects taught in the Bachelor of Arts is made possible by drawing on the University's vast cultural collections.

Photo credit: John Gollings
Photo credit: John Gollings

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