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Study History at Curtin


Undergraduate Major


History Major (BA)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


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.

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 will develop the ability to understand the contemporary world in relation to current environmental, social, political, cultural and economic challenges.

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 Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. 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

  • You will acquire critical thinking skills and the capacity to analyse and discuss ideas, all readily transferable to a wide range of careers.
  • You'll have opportunities to engage with industry and gain valuable networking experience.
  • You'll be exposed to different ideas and perspectives, developing your self-awareness and interpersonal skills, which are valuable qualities in any workplace.

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


  • Historian
  • Policy advisor
  • Research officer
  • Heritage consultant
  • Heritage tourism officer
  • Academic


  • International engagement
  • Local, state and federal government
  • Education
  • Tourism
  • 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 to the study of social life
  • demonstrate the ability to think critically, creatively and reflectively within the history discipline and across disciplinary boundaries
  • demonstrate the ability to locate relevant information from a range of sources and to make decisions about the significance of this information in the development of an historical analysis of social life
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively through a variety of written, oral and other formats to diverse audiences in ways appropriate in history
  • demonstrate the ability to use a variety of technologies and the ability to decide on their applications appropriately
  • show sustained intellectual curiosity by taking responsibility for one's own learning and intellectual development through the recognition of a range of learning strategies
  • demonstrate the capacity to understand social life in a range of local and global contexts through the recognition of international practices in history
  • appreciate the importance of historical knowledge in contributing to an understanding of cultural diversity and human rights
  • understand the importance of appropriate theories and ethical and principled methods for undertaking historical research; Demonstrate the ability to produce appropriate scholarly knowledge through research

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 65%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-HISTR
  • Last updated on: January 13, 2020