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

Undergraduate major

Investigate how the modern world emerged and the forces that are likely to shape the future.

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  • Qualification
    History Major (BA)
  • Credit
    200
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This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

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Why 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.

Outline

Outline

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

By studying Australian and international history, you’ll learn about the forces that have influenced the modern world, including nationalism, democracy, conflict and war, and gender and sexuality.

In this course you’ll have the opportunity to study and apply various approaches to researching and writing history.

History graduates contribute to addressing a wide range of society’s most complex issues. Studying history develops your skills to identify and critically interpret evidence and enables you to explain the causes and consequences of political, environmental and social change. These skills are essential for a range of careers.

History is offered as a major in the Bachelor of Arts. You can also study History as part of a specialisation and as an elective.

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

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 develop your problem-solving, intellectual and interpersonal skills.
  • You'll have opportunities to engage with industry and gain valuable networking experience.

Career information

Careers

  • Historian
  • Research officer
  • Archivist
  • Policy advisor
  • Heritage consultant
  • Data manager
  • Museum curator
  • Teacher (requires postgraduate study).

Industries

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

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have 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.

How we define ‘experience’
‘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.

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Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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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.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

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.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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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.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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