• 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; and

  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)

HIST1210 - The Great Acceleration: People and Planet Since 1945 (6 units)

HIST1214 - Empires in Global History: 1200 to the Present (6 units)

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

HIST2110 - Approaches to History (6 units)

HIST2112 - Plagues, Pandemics and Public Health in History (6 units)

HIST2126 - American Sixties (6 units)

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

HIST2133 - Race 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)

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)

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

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

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

HIST2220 - Western Europe in the Later Middle Ages, c.1348-1500 (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 - The Enlightenment: Europe and the World 1660-1800 (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)

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)

HIST2315 - Africans and Afro-descendants (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)

ARCH2055 - Archaeological Fieldschools and Fieldwork Practice (6 units)

ARCH2058 - European Prehistory from Cultivation to the Celts (6 units)

ARCH3056 - 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)

HIST2172 - Remembering Anzac:A Study Tour of Commemorative Landscapes, Museums and Memorials across Australasia (12 units)

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

MEAS2000 - Iranian History and Culture (6 units)

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

MEAS2006 - Gallipoli: A Transnational History (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)

Note (*): ARCH3056 Britons and Romans: Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire will be available from 2022.

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