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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

The History major equips you to understand change, to look at things from different perspectives, and to assess diverse kinds of information.

At the heart of your first year is The History Workshop. You will join a small-group class that takes a particular time and place as the starting point for the examination of social, cultural, political, or economic change. This class introduces you to historical thinking and teaches you disciplinary skills in an intensive but informal learning environment. The History Workshop is complemented by units on world history over the past 1000 years that will provide you with a broad framework for understanding change and making comparisons.

In your second and third years, you will explore a variety of subjects - from sexuality and war to politics and culture, from the history of ideas to the history of food - in a range of times and places - spanning from the Middle Ages to the present, from Australia and China to the United States and Europe. You will have the freedom to choose which times and places you wish to focus on. As the largest history major in Australia, the University of Sydney offers a wide range of options.

The major culminates in a capstone unit that, depending on your interests, explores the theory of history, gives you the opportunity to do extensive research on a topic you choose yourself, or enables you to work with community groups and other organisations to apply your history skills beyond the classroom.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

This major is offered by the Department of History


View the History Unit timetable. 
Please note this timetable is indicative only.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Archives management
  • Academic or researcher
  • Communications specialist
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Public service officer
  • Editor
  • Heritage consultant
  • Historian
  • Librarian
  • Publisher or literary agent
  • Journalist
  • Teacher (with further study)
Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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