History Major (BA) | Curtin University
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Study History at Curtin


Undergraduate major

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

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    History Major (BA)
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Specialist pathways

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

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By studying History, you will gain an understanding of how societies experienced the past and how this shapes the world we live in today.

Drawing on cases from Australian, international, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, you will study the forces that have influenced the modern world, including nationalism, democracy, conflict and war, and gender and sexuality.

You will have the opportunity to learn and apply a variety of approaches to reflecting on, researching and writing history.

By exploring how the past has shaped our present world, you will hone your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities and learn how to locate, analyse and communicate information effectively, which are essential skills for a range of careers.

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.

Why study

  • You'll develop the capacity to understand how societies have dealt with challenges in the past and apply historical insights to the contemporary world.

  • 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 essential to a range of careers.
  • You'll reflect critically on diverse ideas and perspectives that have been held over the course of history, developing your problem-solving, self-awareness and interpersonal skills.
  • You'll have 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
  • Historian
  • Academic.


  • Non-government organisations
  • Local, state and federal government
  • Defence and security
  • Environmental and mining 
  • Media, arts and creative
  • 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
  • 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

Admission criteria

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)

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

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.

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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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-HISTR
  • Last updated on: 24/09/2022