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

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

  1. Demonstrate understanding of at least one period or culture of the past.
  2. Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline.
  3. Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
  4. 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

EURO1004 - Europe in the Modern Era (6 units)

HIST1209- Terror to Terrorism: A History (6 units)

HIST1214- Clash of Empires: 1450 to the Present (6 units)

HIST1215- The Twentieth Century World (6 units)

HIST2022- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (6 units)

HIST2110- Approaches to History (6 units)

HIST2121- Electric Citizens: The Rise of the Modern Media in the United States,

1865-2000 (6 units)

HIST2126- American Sixties (6 units)

HIST2128- Convicts and Settlers: Australia 1770s to 1870s (6 units)

HIST2133- Human Variations and Racism in Western Culture, c. 1450-1950 (6 units)

HIST2136- World at War, 1939-1945 (6 units)

HIST2141- The Cold War: 1945-1989 (6 units)

HIST2205- Europe and the Atlantic World, c.1492–1776. (6 units)

HIST2213- Real Men: Masculinities in Western History (6 units)

HIST2214- The Great War, 1914-1918 (6 units)

HIST2219- Tudor-Stuart England, c.1485-1714: Politics, Society and Culture (6 units)

HIST2220- Medieval History (6 units)

HIST2221- The Birth of Modernity: Britain 1688-1848 (6 units)

HIST2223- The French Revolution and Napoleon (6 units)

HIST2226- Nazi Germany (6 units)

HIST2227- Australian Political History (6 units)

HIST2228- Enlightenment Worlds (6 units)

HIST2229- Sexuality in Australian History (6 units)

HIST2231- Exploration: Columbus to the Moon (6 units)

HIST2232- Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas (6 units)

HIST2233- How the Camera Changed History: A century of photography and cinema (6 units)

HIST2234- The Reach of History: Presenting the past in the public domain (6 units)

HIST2236- Debating Anzac (6 units)

HIST2237- Digital History, Digital Heritage: the past in a digital present (6 units)

HIST2238- Human Rights in History (6 units)

HIST2239- Rock, Sex and War: Australia's 1960s - 1970s (6 units)

HIST2240- Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945 (6 units)

HIST2242- The Soviet Union: From the Russian Revolution to the Collapse of Communism (6 units)

HIST2243- Vikings, Crusades, Mongols: Shaping Medieval Europe, c. 850–1300 (6 units)

HIST2244- Legends and Life Stories: Australia since 1788 (6 units)

HIST3007 - Making History (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

ANCH2015 - Travellers and Geographers in Antiquity (6 units)

ANCH2017- Emperors and Madmen: The Early Roman Empire (6 units)

ANCH2022- Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World (6 units)

ANCH3503- Bad Neighbours: Law and life in ancient Athens (6 units)

ANCH3506- Dark Age to Democracy: early Greek history, 1000-480 BC (6 units)

ARCH2004 - Australian Archaeology (6 units)

ARCH2037- Post-Roman Archaeology of Britain: From Arthur to the Black Death (6 units)

ARCH2055- Archaeological Fieldschool (6 units)

ARCH2056- Britons and Romans: Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire (6 units)

ARTH2080- Art and Visual Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1815 (6 units)

ARTH2081- Art of the European Courts, 1500-1815 (12 units)

ARTH2082- Art, War and Conflict (6 units)

ARTH2097- Victorian and Edwardian Art: Australia and Europe 1837-1914 (6 units)

ASIA2009- The Making of Modern Japan: From Samurai to Economic Superpower and Beyond (6 units)

ASIA2016- The Mongol Empire in World History (6 units)

ASIA2037- History of Modern China (6 units)

ASIA2040– The Making of Modern Korea (6 units)

ASIA2044- Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) (6 units)

ASIA2045- Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda (6 units)

ASIA2072- Taiwan: History and Culture (6 units)

ASIA2270- India in the Age of Asian Empires: South Asian History to 1757 (6 units)

ASIA2307- History of Empire in Asia (6 units)

ASIA3011- Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan (6 units)

ASIA3272- Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics (6 units)

ENGL2074- Jane Austen History and Fiction (6 units)

GEND2021- Trauma, Memory and Culture (6 units)

MEAS2000- Iranian History and Culture (6 units)

MEAS2002- Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey (6 units)

MEAS2003- Modern Turkey: History, Culture and Regional Relations (6 units)

PASI2002- Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries (6 units)

POLS2100- Genocide in the Modern World (6 units)

SOCY2053- Imagining the Future: A Sociology of Utopias (6 units)

WARS2004- War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific (6 units)

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