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History is an attempt to understand our world, through recording our past as accurately as possible and analysing the reasons for the changing nature of human experience. World History courses in first year anchor History teaching at UNSW by introducing students to key themes of human civilization from the Palaeolithic era to the modern era. Upper level courses relate these themes in greater depth to particular regions of the world and time periods. Courses are offered in histories of: Australia, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the ancient world of Greece and Rome. In addition, courses are offered in Archaeology, Environmental History, Women’s and Gender Studies. There are also specialized seminars in which the theory and writing of History itself are examined.

Studying History helps develop a range of skills, in research, interpretation and evaluation of evidence, writing and argument. It helps to foster the ability to organise and analyse a large body of information, and to develop the capacity to communicate clearly and interestingly, in writing and through the spoken word. Graduates use the information and skills acquired while studying History in a wide range of occupations, both in the public service and in private enterprise in teaching and journalism, as well as in Non-Governmental Organisations at home and abroad.

Studying History at UNSW

History is offered as an undergraduate major in many degree programs in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and degree programs in other faculties, such as the Australian School of Business and the Faculty of Science. Please refer to the table below for a complete list.

History can be studied as 

Specialisation At the Level of Plan
History Major

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