• 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:


A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
EURO1004 Europe in the Modern Era 6
HIST1206 Three American Revolutions, 1765 - 1876 6
HIST1208 Myths and Legends; Women and Men in Australian History 6
HIST1209 Terror to Terrorism: A History 6
HIST1213 Australia, the Region and the World: 1939-2007 6
HIST1214 Clash of Empires: 1450 to the Present 6
HIST2022 Indigenous Australian History 6
HIST2107 American Voices: Aspects of Social Thought in the United States 6
HIST2110 Approaches to History 6
HIST2121 Electric Citizens: The Rise of the Modern Media in the United States, 1865-2000 6
HIST2126 American Sixties 6
HIST2128 Convicts and Settlers: Australia 1770s to 1870s 6
HIST2133 Human Variations and Racism in Western Culture, c. 1450-1950 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
HIST2140 Europe in the 20th Century 6
HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989 6
HIST2205 Europe and the Atlantic World, c.1492–1776. 6
HIST2213 Real Men: Masculinities in Western History 6
HIST2214 The Great War, 1914-1918 6
HIST2219 Tudor-Stuart England, c.1485-1714: Politics, Society and Culture 6
HIST2220 Medieval History 6
HIST2221 The Birth of Modernity: Britain 1688-1848 6
HIST2223 The French Revolution and Napoleon 6
HIST2224 Colonialism, Sex, Race and Gender: Historical Episodes 6
HIST2226 Nazi Germany 6
HIST2227 Australian Political History 6
HIST2228 Enlightenment Worlds 6
HIST2229 Sexuality in Australian History 6
HIST2231 Exploration: Columbus to the Moon 6
HIST2232 Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas 6
HIST2233 How the Camera Changed History: A century of photography and cinema 6
HIST2234 The Reach of History: Presenting the past in the public domain 6
HIST2236 Debating Anzac 6
HIST2237 Digital History, Digital Heritage: the past in a digital present 6
HIST2238 Human Rights in History 6
HIST2239 Rock, Sex and War: Australia's 1960s - 1970s 6
HIST2240 Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945 6
HIST3007 Making History 6

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
ANCH2014 Homer and the Trojan War 6
ANCH2015 Travellers and Geographers in Antiquity 6
ANCH2016 Bad neighbours: Law and life in ancient Athens 6
ANCH2017 Emperors and Madmen: The Early Roman Empire 6
ANCH2022 Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World 6
ARCH2037 Post-Roman Archaeology of Britain: Arthur and the Anglo Saxons 6
ARCH2056 Britons and Romans: Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire 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
ASIA2044 Foundations of Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) 6
ASIA2045 The Investigative Historian in Asia: reading between the lies 6
ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture 6
ASIA2085 Southeast Asia in World History 6
ASIA2270 India in the Age of Asian Empires: South Asian History to 1757 6
ASIA3272 Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics 6
ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia 6
ASIA3011 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan 6
ENGL2074 Jane Austen History and Fiction 6
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture 6
MEAS1002 Islam : History and Institutions 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
MEAS2108 Gallipoli: History and National Imagination 6
PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries 6
PASI2006 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
POLS2100 Genocide - Post 1945 6
SOCY2053 Imagining the Future: The Social Origins of Utopias and Science Fiction 6
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