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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022)No further intakeSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022)Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022)No further intakeSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022)
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Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

History Major

Study a major in History at the University of Newcastle

The study of History provides a window to the world, helping us understand and interpret the societies and cultures, the people, and events of the past. Students of the History major begin their studies at Medieval era, after the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD.

With a major in History at the University of Newcastle, you will expand your historical horizons through courses ranging from the medieval period through to contemporary times.

Some courses in a History major survey the histories of nations or regions (Australia, Europe, Britain, the Asia Pacific, and the United States); in others you’ll examine specific historical themes or events, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Vietnam War, women's history, and film and history.

A combination of cutting edge and traditional methods of teaching in a history major will encourage and enable you to grapple with issues of war, peace, race, violence, class, gender, disadvantage, government, the environment and so much more.

What jobs can I get with a major in History?

The ability to research, contextualise, critique, analyse, explain and communicate are transferable skills that are in considerable demand among employers. These essential skills make graduates who major in history highly employable individuals who can move with the times and adapt to new modes of work.

Employment opportunities for History majors include roles as:

  • Teachers
  • In museums and in heritage management
  • Researchers in Government and industry

You may also choose to pursue a career in other industries that value excellent written and verbal communication skills, and analytical and critical thinking abilities such as:

  • Law
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Journalism

Suitable for arts and humanities students with:

  • An interest in learning to read and write about History by synthesising information from primary and secondary sources.
  • Goals to work in education to teach History, museums, heritage, or careers which value inquiry and research skills.
  • A commitment to preserving the knowledge of past events, personalities, civilisations and experiences.

What do you learn in a History major?

Study a major in History to learn about historical themes, issues, and significant developments in Modern History:

  • National History: You can elect to study courses in the History of specific nations as part of your History major. Students will study the process of national development and the political decisions which shaped the fortunes of countries like the United States of America, Nazi Germany and Australia itself.
  • War and Politics: You will study a range of courses which cover the conflicts of the twentieth century and the political circumstances which sparked the flames of war. The University of Newcastle offers courses in the History of World War II, Fascism and World War II, War in Australian Society and War on Film.
  • Reading History: As part of your History major, you will learn how to interpret written evidence. This will teach you the methodologies to draft historical questions for inquiry, and read evidence appropriately to formulate an argument in response.

Expand your historical horizons and gain a wealth of transferable skills.

Which degrees include a major in History?

Studying a Bachelor of Arts or any related degree program will allow you to enrol in a History major:

  • For more information about the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies program structure, please refer to the handbook.
  • For more information about the Bachelor of Arts program structure, please refer to the handbook.
  • For more information about the Bachelor of Social Science, please refer to the handbook.

To learn more about our expertise in History, contact us.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.