Bachelor of Arts (Major: History)

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

A rigorous study of history is vital to understanding the people and events that have shaped the modern world, and here at The University of Notre Dame Australia that is exactly what we aim to do. Our Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History offers a broad perspective, which will encourage you to critically approach a range of topics including the West’s interactions with diverse non-Western cultures, to think critically about issues such as gender relations and post-colonialism and to rethink what it means to be Western in the global 21st century.

  • Why study this degree?

    Rather than a study of long-forgotten civilisations, history is vital for our understanding of the modern world. It is only by studying our past and taking note of the various factors that inspired historical events that we can appreciate the economic, cultural and religious forces that have shaped our own society and those of many other nations.

    At The University of Notre Dame Australia, we take a broad view of history, ranging from classical Greece and Rome to the Enlightenment, from ancient civlisations in Asia to the rise of American global influence. Our History Major places a strong emphasis on historiography using a range of texts, both visual and written. Special attention is paid to Australia and its Pacific context, the classical world and its impact in both the early modern and modern worlds, medieval Europe and its interaction with non-Europeans, especially Jewish and Islamic peoples.

    Upon graduation, you will not only gain a powerful insight into the events and personalities on which the modern world is founded and a deep understanding of the lived experience of past peoples, but also learn important research and analytical skills which you can apply in a range of occupations and professions. By examining the complexities and conflicts of the world today, our graduates further develop as informed and compassionate world citizens.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

    • CORE1001 Logos I
    • CORE1002 Logos II
    • CORE1003 Logos III
    • ARTS1000 Academic Writing, Communication and Research

    Year One

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

    Year Two

    You must successfully complete FOUR (4) of the following courses:

    • HIST3000 Writing Lives: Personalities in History from Antiquity to Present
    • HIST2003 Modern America: Slave Nation to Superpower
    • Age of Empire and Revolution in Europe, 1789-1989
    • HIST2010 Australia and the Asia Pacific
    • HIST2013 A History of Ancient Greece
    • Rome: History of a Civilisation
    • HIST2017 Screening History: the Politics of Moving Pictures
    • HIST2018 Australians and the World Wars
    • HIST2021 The History and Politics of Southeast Asia
    • HIST2023 Making History and the Politics of the Past
    • HIST2026 The European Middle Ages, c.450-1250
    • HIST2027 Renaissance to Enlightenment, 1250-1789
    • HIST2028 Visual Evidence: Art and Artefacts in the Western Tradition
    • Experience the World I
    • HIST2002 Ancient Worlds

    Year Three

    You must successfully complete at least TWO (2) of the following courses):

    • HIST3000 Writing Lives: Personalities in History from Antiquity to the Present
    • HIST2018 Australians and the World Wars
    • HIST2023 Making History and the Politics of the Past
    • HIST2028 Visual Evidence: Art and Artefacts in the Western Tradition
    • HIST3008 History Internship

    Plus 12 electives which may form another Major or Minor.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Please note: The availability of these courses and teaching staff 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

    • HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number of 2 successfully completed subjects; or
    • 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 with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:

    • Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, 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. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
    • STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
    • Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
  • Fees

    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

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Advertising
    • Education
    • Foreign affairs
    • Heritage and conservation
    • Journalism and the media
    • Film
    • Museum and art curation
    • Tourism industries
    • Politics
    • Public history
    • Public service
    • Federal government agencies
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: History), please contact the Prospective Students Office on +61 (2) 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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