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Undergraduate

History

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-HISTR Humanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Online - find out more
Study mode Online or on-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

Historians explore the past, examining the development of social, political, cultural and economic forces and how they have shaped societies and cultures over time.

Through examining the past, the History major seeks to help you understand present day societies, events and everyday life, and will encourage you to think of ways to help society overcome and adapt to the challenges of our changing environment.

This major’s international scope includes specialised studies in Australia, Western Europe and Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, South-East Asia and East Asia. Within this scope, you will study topics such as war, conflict, empire, imperialism, dictatorships, marginalisation, culture, heritage, place and belonging, whilst being encouraged to examine how history shapes the way we now think, believe and act.

You will also acquire critical thinking skills, and the capacity to analyse and discuss ideas, which are readily transferable into a range of careers.

History is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.

70

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$6,440*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Research Officer
  • Historian
  • Museum Curator
  • Political Scientist

Historians may find work in:

  • federal and state public services
  • local government
  • radio and print journalism
  • teaching
  • libraries
  • museums
  • tourism and consulting
  • research
  • cultural heritage.

Possible careers

Teacher

If you are planning a career as a high school teacher you should study a second major or minor which can be taught in the classroom. The secondary curriculum offers a wide range of options including English, art, drama, maths, sciences, media and languages. We advise you to check with the relevant schools regarding prerequisites and available electives in the area you wish to study.

Note: You will need to complete either a double degree with Secondary Education or a one-year Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) after the completion of your Bachelor of Arts to become a qualified teacher.

Public Policy

If you are planning a career in public policy, you may consider choosing electives in:

Museums/Cultural Heritage

If you are seeking a career in museums or cultural heritage, you may consider choosing electives in:

Why History?

  • You will acquire critical thinking skills and the capacity to analyse and discuss ideas, all readily transferable into a wide range of careers.
  • You will benefit from top-class teachers who are experts in their field.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.