• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest History
  • Major code HIST-MAJ

Everything has a history. From a national constitution to modern consumer culture, from the rise of empires to environmental crises, from the human species to your family, history teaches you about the forces that have made the world in which you live. It helps you to understand the present by understanding its past.

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. History is a core discipline in the humanities and social sciences. It gives students knowledge and skills that are valued in any professional context. Our students successfully pursue careers in journalism, management, politics, policy, museums, diplomacy, teaching, academia and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of multiple periods or cultures of the past.

  2. Demonstrate understanding of key conceptual approaches to interpreting the past.

  3. Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline.

  4. Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.

  5. Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.

  6. Identify and reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of History and their relationship to the contemporary world.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units which include:

12 units from the completion of the following course(s):

HIST2110 - Approaches to History (6 units)

HIST3007 - Making History (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of 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)

HIST1250 - Big History (6 units)

ECHI1006 - The Australian Economy: Past and Present (6 units)

12 - 36 units from the completion of the following:

HIST2022 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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)

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

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

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

HIST2141 - The Cold War: 1945-1989 (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)

HIST2227 - Australian Political History (6 units)

HIST2226 - Nazi Germany (6 units)

HIST2229 - Sexuality in Australian History (6 units)

HIST2228 - Enlightenment Worlds (6 units)

HIST2230 - Latin America: Conquest and Colonisation (6 units)

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

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

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

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

HIST2236 - Debating Anzac (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)

HIST2206 - The Anzac Battlefields and Beyond: A Study Tour of Gallipoli, London, Paris and the Western Front. (12 units)

HIST2142 - Indigenous memory and history: On page, stage and screen (6 units)

HIST2143 - Celebrity: An Unauthorised History (6 units)

HIST2144 - Australia in the World: An International History (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

ASIA2040 - The Making of Modern Korea (6 units)

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

GEND2021 - Trauma, Memory and Culture (6 units)

MEAS2000 - Iranian History and Culture (6 units)

ARCH2004 - Australian Archaeology (6 units)

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

ENGL2074 - Jane Austen History and Fiction (6 units)

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

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

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

ASIA2037 - History of Modern China (6 units)

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

ASIA2045 - Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda (6 units)

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

POLS2100 - Genocide in the Modern World (6 units)

ARCH2055 - Archaeological Fieldschool (6 units)

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

ANCH2015 - Travellers and Geographers in Antiquity (6 units)

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

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

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

ASIA2072 - Taiwan: History and Culture (6 units)

ANCH2022 - The Rise of the Roman Empire (6 units)

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

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

ASIA2270 - India Past and Present: The impact of pre-colonial history on India today (6 units)

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

ASIA2307 - History of Empire in Asia (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)

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

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

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