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.

Our recent history postgraduates have won many accolades including the W.K. Hancock Prize for Best First Book Published in History in Australia, the Ken Inglis Prize for Best Article at the Australian Historical Association Conference and two of the last four tri-annual Geoffrey Serle Awards for Best Thesis.

That's what we call 'history in the making'.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the 2018 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.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the School of Humanities and Social Science or focus on History.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

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

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course  or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at  another institution, you can apply  direct until applications close in December.


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

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