• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest History
  • Minor code HIST-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Historians seek to understand societies by studying change and continuity over time.  History illuminates everything from individual lives to broad cultural transformations and the character of the contemporary world.  It is a core discipline in the humanities and social sciences.  It gives students knowledge and skills in research, analysis and writing that are valued in any professional context. 

The ANU is a national leader in History and offers a wide range of courses covering Australia, America, Asia and Europe.  Courses trace themes such as empire, terrorism, revolution, war, gender, race, technology and the environment. Some focus on philosophies that underlie historical analysis or techniques of historical research. All core courses train students in historical theory and method.

A Minor in History complements majors in many fields, including: politics, international relations, law, archaeology, anthropology, languages, literature, art history, philosophy, development studies, policy and any kind of area studies. 

Note: Students are not required to undertake units from the elective list and may choose to construct their minor entirely from core courses. 


Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this minor will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of at least one period or culture of the past.
  • Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline.
  • Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
  • Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:


18 to 24 units from the completion of the following course(s)

Courses in the subject area of History (HIST)

Including courses in the following list:





Europe in the Modern Era



A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANCH1013 Ancient Athens: democracy and empire 6
ANCH1014 Rome: Republic to Empire 6
  ANCH 2009: Artefacts & Society
ANCH2016 Bad neighbours: Law and life in ancient Athens 6
ASIA2009 Modern Japan: the state and the society from Meiji to the present 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2037 History of Modern China 6
ASIA2040 Modern Korea 6
ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments 6
ASIA2045 The Investigative Historian in Asia: reading between the lies 6
ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture 6
ASIA2163 Religion and Politics in South Asia 6
ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development 6
ASIA3002 The Chinese Southern Diaspora 6
ASIA3011 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan 6
ASIA3030 The Origins of the International Order in Southeast Asia 6
ENGL2074 Jane Austen History and Fiction 6
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture 6
MEAS2000 Iranian History and Culture 6
MEAS2002 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey 6
MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Culture and Regional Relations 6
MEAS1002 Islam : History and Institutions 6
MEAS2108 Gallipoli: History and National Imagination 6
PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries 6
  POLS 2061: Classical Marxism
  POLS 2092: Fascism and Antifascism
POLS2100 Genocide - Post 1945 6
  POLS 2115: Revolution!
SOCY2053 Imagining the Future: The Social Origins of Utopias and Science Fiction 6
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