Bachelor of Arts (Major: History)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

The study of History helps us to comprehend the complexities of the world today. The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History allows students to reach an understanding of the historical events, politics, conflicts, cultures, values and traditions which have shaped the modern world.

  • Why study this major?

    The History Major allows you to reach an understanding of the historical events, politics, conflicts, cultures, values and traditions which have shaped our modern world. It provides highly relevant and transferable skills, including the ability to research, analyse and communicate effectively. This Major also gives you the opportunities to consider such diverse periods and themes as western civilisation, the ancient and medieval worlds, the modern Middle East and Southeast Asia, America in the 1960s, the history of crime, art history and visual evidence.

    History is regularly combined with Archaeology, Politics and International Relations, Social Justice, Journalism, and English Literature. It is also popular with students who are completing double degrees in Education and Law. The History Major has vibrant opportunities for overseas study, including the School’s Experience the World program.

    History is available as a Major and Minor in the following programs, including double degree variations:

  • Major summary

    Structure of Major

    Students are required to complete 8 courses of 25 units of credit (200 units of credit), as follows.


    Students must compete the following TWO courses:

    • HIST1000 A History of Western Civilisation
    • HIST1001 Making Australian History


    Students may complete ANY of the following courses:

    • ARCL3030 Unearthing our Past: The History and Archaeology of Western Australia
    • HIST2004 Of Vice and Virtue: Social Change in Victorian Britain
    • HIST2008 The Caesars
    • HIST2009 The Kennedys: America in the 1960s
    • HIST2016 A History of Crime: Assessing the Evidence
    • HIST2026 The European Middle Ages, c.450 – c. 1250
    • HIST2021 History and Politics of Southeast Asia
    • HIST2022 The Modern Middle East
    • HIST2024 The Tudors
    • HIST2028 Visual Evidence: Art and artefacts of the Western Tradition
    • HIST2029 Nazi Germany: Assessing the Evidence


    Students must complete AT LEAST TWO of the following courses in their final year of study:
    • HIST3008 History Internship
    • HIST3016 A History of Crime: Assessing the Evidence
    • HIST3028 Visual Evidence: Art and Artefacts of the Western Tradition
    • HIST3029 Nazi Germany: Assessing the Evidence

    *Please note that students may not enrol into those courses which they have completed at Level Two (eg: completion of HIST2000 precludes enrolment into HIST3000).

    Students may complete other courses on approval of the Dean, and if available, to a total of 50 units of credit:

    • ARTS3010 Experience the World I
    • ARTS3030 Experience the World Study Tour (50 units of credit)
    • ARTS3800 Special Project

    Church History Courses listed in the Bachelor of Theology Regulations (3248).

    Details of the program requirements for the Bachelor of Arts are contained in the  Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the Major, Second Major and Minor requirements.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    History graduates often find employment in a range of settings, such as cultural institutions, including museums and libraries; education; the public service, including policy development and diplomacy; the non-government and not-for-profit sectors; and research.

    Specific careers include:

    • Historian
    • Intelligence analyst
    • Strategic policy writer
    • Ministerial and parliamentary liaison officer
    • Community project officer
    • Heritage consultant
    • Writer

    Certain career pathways require additional undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications.

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: History), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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