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Study History at Curtin


Undergraduate Double Degree Major


History Double Degree Major (BA/BCom)


Explore the fascinations of the past to understand present-day societies and everyday life.

Study History at Curtin

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Global Education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Specialist pathways

This major can be taken as part of a double degree.

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Historians delve into the past to explore how cultural, political, social and economic forces have shaped cultures and civilisations.

Through exploring the past, history helps us to understand present-day societies and everyday life.

In this major you will gain an advanced understanding of how history shapes our beliefs and behaviours.

You’ll study topics such as place and belonging, gender and sexuality, indigenous history, marginalisation, imperialism and empire, dictatorship, heritage, conflict, culture and war. The program includes studies of Australia, Western Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Asia.

These knowledge areas are increasingly important to a range of global careers, as are the advanced critical thinking, analytical and discussion skills that you’ll develop.

History is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How to apply

This major sits within the double degree combination of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce double degree. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Why study

  • You will develop an ability to understand the contemporary world in relation to humanities’ current environmental, social, political, cultural and economic challenges.
  • You will acquire critical thinking skills and the capacity to analyse and discuss ideas, all readily transferable into a wide range of careers.
  • You will benefit from top-class teachers who are experts in their field.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • Develops high level critical thinking, presentation, writing and analytical skills
  • Provides careers support throughout the Major with an emphasis on transferable skills
  • Opportunities to engage with industry and gain valuable networking experience

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information


  • Policy Advisor
  • Research Officer
  • Heritage Consultant
  • Heritage Tourism Officer
  • Professional Historian
  • Academic
  • Teacher


  • Local, State and Federal Government
  • Political parties
  • Advocacy and charities
  • Non-Government sector
  • Tourism
  • Education
  • Consulting

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline of history, and an ability to apply an historical perspective
  • demonstrate the ability to think critically, creatively and reflectively within the history discipline and across disciplinary boundaries
  • demonstrate the ability to locate and analyse information from a range of sources
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally to diverse audiences in ways appropriate in history
  • demonstrate the ability to use a variety of technologies and to select the appropriate ones to use to solve problems or communicate information
  • show sustained intellectual curiosity by taking responsibility for one's own learning and intellectual development through the recognition of a range of learning strategies including small group, student-centred activities
  • demonstrate the capacity to understand how society has changed historically
  • appreciate the importance of historical knowledge in contributing to an understanding of cultural diversity and human rights
  • demonstrate the ability to conduct ethical research using the most relevant theories and approaches in the field of history

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MDDU-HISTR
  • Last updated on: June 29, 2022