Why study history at La Trobe?

Top 300 globally

We’re ranked in the world’s top 300 for arts and humanities.

Times Higher Education (THE), 2023, World University Rankings 2024 by subject: arts and humanities

Practical experience

Put theory into practice with professional placements in Australia and overseas.

Find out more about La Trobe's work-integrated learning and placements

World-class research

Our history and archaeology research is rated ‘above world standard’.

Australian Research Council, 2019, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Outcomes 2018

Meet our Alumni

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I studied the Bachelor of Arts majoring in history and sociology. I enjoyed being at a smaller regional campus where everyone knew each other and knew exactly who to go to for help. Being a history major also gave me an opportunity to learn more about our Australian Indigenous history.’
‘I am currently working as a statutory planner in the water industry. I enjoy that I am able to make a difference in Victoria’s land use, development and environment.

Arundeep Saini
Bachelor of Arts and Master of Urban Planning and Environment graduate

Add more flexibility to your degree

With StudyFlex, you choose how to study your subjects – online, on campus, or a mix of both.

Great news – this is offered as a Flex major or minor at select campuses. That means at least half of the subjects in this major or minor are Flex subjects. Wherever you find them, whether they’re in a Flex major or minor or in a full StudyFlex course, our Flex subjects let you choose between studying online or on campus. It’s the perfect way to get the best of both worlds.

Discover StudyFlex

Career opportunities in history

Career pathways

Studying history builds skills in research, problem solving and communication to prepare you for a range of careers.

Possible roles include:

  • Museum curator
  • Cultural tourism representative
  • Policy adviser
  • Journalist
  • Primary or Secondary teacher
  • Researcher

Future employers

Potential employers of history graduates include:

  • State and Federal Government
  • FIS Global
  • Vision Australia
  • CSL Limited
  • Tertiary institutions
  • ABB Australia

Meet our student

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I find history interesting because it creates a backdrop to life events. In one subject I’ll be learning about Australian Aboriginal history, and in another studying English, French and Russian comparative history. Studying history has allowed me to explore different ways of viewing the past and has given me an insight on the present and the future. Eighty years in the future, historians will be bickering over the now.

Ross Dennis
Bachelor of Arts (History),
La Trobe University

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