Know the past to understand the present

Travel through time and across cultures to understand the relationship between the past and the present.

Why study history?

Our history major lets you explore Europe, the Americas, Australasia, Asia and the ancient and modern world. Learn about the relationship between social change, states and societies and the effects of migration, wars, colonialism, post colonialism, race and gender.

Explore the history of slavery and human  trafficking or genocides and the holocaust or investigate religion and fundamentalism. Or you might examine  Indigenous history in Australia and the Americas, American civil rights or the history of the environment. You'll also engage with visual and popular culture and gain mixed media skills producing new histories for the 21st century.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the Handbook.

Where can history take me?

Studying history will give you the skills and knowledge to work for government or non-government organisations in heritage, conservation and policy.

Or you might want to share your passion for history directly with the general public by taking on a role in a museum, gallery, archive or library.

Our graduates are also sought after for employment in education, research and publishing. As well as private consultancies and roles in the arts and media.

Why La Trobe?

  • Be among the best: La Trobe is ranked 38 in the world and third in Australia for history (QS rankings by subject, 2014).
  • Find opportunities for volunteer or paid positions through our Work Ready program.
  • Participate in international project work and study tours through our international partnerships.
  • Take part in a Mediterranean Studies summer-semester subject and travel to Turkey to assess the cultural, social, architectural and political history of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Be eligible for a scholarship to travel to Greece to undertake academic research, in association with the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA).

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a history major and a strong academic record, your Honours year awaits. Combine coursework and research in your specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.

You can study this as part of a Bachelor of Arts. View all majors

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