Study History

By studying history, we can interpret human behaviour and society, allowing us to account for the origins and nature of our modern world. History prepares us to better understand how we might evolve in the future.

UNE's History discipline has a long and distinguished history spanning more than fifty years, with a particularly strong reputation in Australian colonial history and Asian studies.

History is also fun and fascinating. History is one of the oldest, most essential and rewarding components of a liberal education.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses

We offer an undergraduate major in History in the Bachelor of Arts, as well as an Honours program and degrees at Masters and PhD level. Study on campus in Armidale or fully online in your own home, or abroad.


HINQ100 What is History

HINQ101 The Historian

HINQ200 History: Uses and Abuses

HINQ201 / HINQ501 Researching and Applying History

HIST111 Medieval Europe

HIST113 Early Modern Europe: From Reformation to Revolution

HIST150 Colonial Australia

HIST151 Modern Australia

HIST195 Asian Pasts

HIST300 / HIST500 Sex, Sin, and Heresy in Early Medieval Europe

HIST301 / HIST501 Power and Propaganda in the European Reformations

HIST303 Witch Hunting, 1400–1700

HIST305 / HIST505 Byzantine History AD 330–1056

HIST308 / HIST508 Crusader Europe, 1095-1453

HIST310 Being Bad: Sinners, Crooks, Deviants and Psychos

HIST313 Liberty and Democracy in the British World, 1780-1860

HIST317 Mr Punch's Britain! A Cartoon History - 1841-1914

HIST324 Ashes to Ashes: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918–1945

HIST328 Modern Europe in War and Peace, 1918 to yesterday

HIST329 / HIST529 Australia and the World: An International History

HIST330 / HIST430 Local and Community History

HIST331 / HIST431 War and Australian Society in the 20th Century

HIST332 / HIST432 History as Film

HIST333 / HIST433 Waking the Dead: Death, Burials and Memorials

HIST335 / HIST435 Heritage Conservation

HIST336 / HIST536 Blood and Guts: The History of Medical Practice

HIST337 / HIST437 History and Museums

HIST338 / HIST438 Australian Frontiers: Rural and Regional Histories

HIST339 / HIST439 The Family in History

HIST343 Islam in the Modern World

HIST351 / HIST551 Convict Australia

HIST354 Aboriginal History Since the Late 18th Century

HIST357 War, Nations and Empires: Modern Europe 1789–1914

HIST361 / HIST561 The Cold War and Popular Culture

HIST363 The First World War, 1914–1918: History and Memory

HIST368 The Swinging Sixties: The 1960s in America, Britain and Australia

HIST369 / HIST569 Spain and the New World, 1474-1700

HIST376 / HIST476 Oral History

HIST401H History Hons Coursework

HIST402H History Hons Dissertation

HIST510 Massacre and Genocide: Histories of Atrocity

HIST511 Crime, Incarceration, Servitude: Historical Views

HIST513 Empires: Conquest and Conflict

HIST554 Imagining Australia: Empire, Nation, Sovereignty

HIST556 Public History

HIST595 Understanding History

There are a number of units which complement History, see the Course Rules & Plans tab of your enrolled course to see the recommended Program of Study for the History Major.

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Our courses in history providing fertile ground for contemplation and imagination. Studying with us will empower you as an independent thinker, while developing the necessary skills to be a historian. You'll learn to:

  • critically assess various kinds of evidence
  • navigate and evaluate varied, often conflicting interpretations
  • engage in debates and construct coherent arguments, while appreciating the complexities of human behaviours and organisations.

Our teachers are active researchers. We are the home of the Heritage Futures Research Centre which conducts cross-disciplinary research into the fields of natural and cultural heritage, and local/regional identity.

Career options for History graduates

Graduates of History courses have skills in dynamic and flexible thinking, with knowledge to contribute across a large range of careers including:

  • archivist
  • arts administration
  • advertising
  • blogging
  • broadcasting
  • civil service
  • economist
  • editing
  • historian
  • journalism
  • market research
  • museum curatorship
  • policy work
  • political scientist
  • production
  • public relations
  • publishing
  • teaching
  • television writing
  • writing and authorship.

Further information

For more information about our courses and studying at UNE, please contact AskUNE.