History is not simply about dates and facts. It is about ways we can make sense of the past.

Available as a major or minor.

Without history, we can’t understand the world we live in today. History tells us where we came from, who we are and where we might be going in the future. Also, quite simply, History is one of the most exciting disciplines to study at university as you get the opportunity to explore many different aspects of the human experience – across multiple societies and civilisations around the globe.


How to Study

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Click here for fees, entry requirements and intake information for domestic and international students.

Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Studying History at Monash

Areas of Study

If you study History as a major or minor, you can choose to study Asian history, Australian history, contemporary history, European history, American history and medieval and Renaissance .  

Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, and you’ll have Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. At Prato, you could undertake the intensive units War and Peace or Beyond Gallipoli, which include field trips in Turkey and Italy.

You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get. 

Career Prospects

In addition to offering an understanding of the world we live in, a degree in history provides a practical skill set that is transferable to a wide variety of careers. Whether in government work or the private sector, employers value the skills that an Arts degree in History provides.


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