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- History Major (BA)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Explore the fascinations of the past to understand present-day societies and everyday life.
Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers.
You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.
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'll develop the ability to understand the contemporary world in relation to current environmental, social, political, cultural and economic challenges.
Course topics include place and belonging, gender and sexuality, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, marginalisation, imperialism and empire, dictatorship, heritage, conflict, culture and war. The program also 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 second major or choose from a range of elective units that support your career goals.
You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.
See our handbook for more course 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, 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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- You'll develop the ability to understand the contemporary world in relation to humanity’s environmental, social, political, cultural and economic challenges.
- You'll be taught by academics who are experts in their field.
How this course will make you industry ready
- You'll gain critical thinking, analytical and communication skills that are applicable to a range of careers.
- You'll be exposed to diverse ideas and perspectives, developing your self-awareness and interpersonal skills, which are valuable qualities in all workplaces.
- You'll have opportunities to engage with industry and gain valuable networking experience.
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.
- Policy advisor
- Research officer
- Heritage consultant
- Heritage tourism officer
- International engagement
- Local, state and federal government
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
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
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I have work and life experience
Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.
I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship
Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.
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.
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:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.
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- Curtin course code: MJRU-HISTR
- Last updated on: March 26, 2021