Why study history?

Study societies and events through time and across cultures to understand the relationship between the past and the present. Explore Europe, the Americas, Australasia Asia and the ancient and modern world. Learn about the relationships between social change, states and societies and the effects of migration, wars, colonialism, post colonialism, race and gender on people, their ordinary lives and institutions.  Acquire skills of intellectual analysis, understanding of events within their contexts, constructing arguments and writing and presenting complex material in an ordered way.

Career opportunities

Private consultant, heritage work, museum or gallery curator, academic, teacher, publishing, media industry and journalism, arts administration, policy advisor, film or documentary maker, research assistant, information officer, librarian, archives officer, author.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


Bachelor of Arts

Popular course

ATAR and location:Melbourne: NCAlbury-Wodonga: 54.4Bendigo: 53Mildura: 60.8Shepparton: N/P

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 3 years3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Diploma of Arts

ATAR and location:Albury-Wodonga: N/ABendigo: N/AMildura: N/AShepparton: N/A

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent1 year

External opportunities

The Aurora Native Title Internship Program introduces students of Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Australian Studies, History, Sociology and Social Sciences as well as graduates and qualified anthropologists.  For more information and to apply to visit the Aurora Project website. Visa restrictions may apply for international students; consult La Trobe International before undertaking work experience.  All students must have approval from the Lecturer/Course coordinator.

Overseas study opportunities

Ottoman Empire: Fourteenth to Twentieth Centuries

In this travel and study subject, students assess the cultural, social, architectural and political history of the Ottoman Empire to the era of the First World War and the inauguration of the Turkish Republic. On location at historic sites in Turkey in Bursa, Edirne and Istanbul, the three Ottoman capitals, and on the Gallipoli peninsula and at Sakarya, students examine key periods of Ottoman history. This second- and third-year Mediterranean Studies summer semester subject is offered by La Trobe University and run in conjunction with Australians Studying Abroad. Details for the next study tour can be found on our Ottoman Empire 2015 website.

Studying overseas as a La Trobe student

There are many other opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students can spend a semester or a year studying in Italy at one of our partner institutions. Visit education abroad for more information on student exchanges or the study abroad program.

Studying at La Trobe as an international student

Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

Student and graduate profiles

Students of the College talk about their experience at La Trobe.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers.

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