Why History?

The History major offers students the opportunity to explore the complex relationship between our understanding of the past and our experience of the present. Through the study of history, students will learn to interpret past events, understand societies and peoples, and recognise patterns and structures in history. They will also attend to the ways in which historians’ narratives of the past often reflect contemporary concerns and assumptions.

Course offerings in the History major span a wide range of geographical regions, such as East Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Indian Ocean. They also address important thematic issues such as empire, colonialism, modernisation, urbanisation, science and technology, migration and diaspora, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and material culture. In consultation with the History faculty, students will have the freedom to shape their own pathways in the major according to their geographical and thematic interests.