Facts & figures
- Top 30 in the world
- 2020 QS World University Rankings
Facts & figures
Studying history helps us understand the origins of the modern world and to uncover forgotten people and their paths. History encompasses every aspect of human life in the past. We work with diverse kinds of evidence and each valuable skills in interpretation and analysis.
We are the largest history department in Australia, with units of study on particular cities, nations and regions, especially Europe, Australia, China and North America, as well as thematic and comparative units on topics ranging from scandal to epidemics. Each year we offer a rich array of study options and we continually review and renew our curriculum.
Many of our staff have won awards for their teaching and research. We are committed to giving our students a highly regarded education and a gateway to life beyond university.
The study of history equips you to understand change, to look at things from different perspectives, and to assess diverse kinds of information. It offers a variety of topics, from war to politics, culture and sexuality, the history of ideas and the history of food; and it spans the Middle Ages to the present, from Australia to China, the United States and Europe.
International and Global Studies gives you a rigorous understanding of the paradoxes and complex interconnections of globalisation. This degree will equip you with the ability to work in global society.
Historians in the department work on a wide variety of times and places, with particular strengths in the history of the United States, Australia and the Pacific, China and Europe. Many of us work in the areas of international and transnational history that have energised and transformed the study of the past. One unifying thread is a curiosity about ideas in action – that is, how ideas and ideals were developed, challenged and lived with in particular situations. How were concepts of freedom tested in practice by African Americans in US cities in the 19th century? By diplomats and international lawyers or by Indigenous people navigating the judicial system?
Our research covers the following areas:
Professor Robert Aldrich
Professor Warwick Anderson
Dr David Brophy
Dr Sophie Chao
Associate Professor Frances M Clarke
Professor James Curran
Dr James Dunk
Associate Professor Nick Eckstein
Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice
Dr John Gagne
Professor Stephen Garton
Professor Chris Hilliard
Associate Professor Julia Horne
Dr Chin Jou
Professor Roy MacLeod
Professor Emeritus Iain McCalman
Professor Michael McDonnell
Professor Mark McKenna
Professor Kirsten McKenzie
Professor Penny Russell
Professor Glenda Sluga
Professor Shane White
The Department of History's Honours information session will be held on Wednesday 21 October 2020
Like all the Departments and Programs in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, the Department of History has a lively research program.
For more information on the Department's In Print or in Prospect series, please see the SOPHI Events page.
We conduct an outreach program to increase the number of students from low socio-economic and diverse backgrounds studying history at the University of Sydney.
The program initiates and strengthens connections between partner schools and the University. We work with high school students from Mount Druitt, Parramatta, Granville, Campbelltown, Auburn, Liverpool, Coonabarabran and Broken Hill to familiarise them with university life and foster the aspirations within these communities to pursue and excel in tertiary studies.
Some of our activities include:
If you are a history teacher or school principal interested in a partnership with our department, please email Professor Mike McDonnell, or phone 9351 6733.