Studying History is not simply a path to understanding the past; it also helps us navigate our way to the future by enriching our understanding of processes of change. While the dynamics of change may be elusive in the moment, the study of History allows you to examine and analyse past disruptions, to investigate and interrogate their probable causes, and to understand their significance for our unfolding experience.
The History specialisation at ACU employs an exciting and innovative global focus. You will have opportunities to study European, American, Australian, Indigenous, Asian and Ancient history, and to engage deeply with key themes and concepts such as war and peace, race and class, gender and sexuality, violence and terrorism, and film and popular culture.
As a student of History at ACU you will develop your understanding of social dynamics and gain an opportunity to expand your ethical awareness by examining the complexities faced by individuals and groups in challenging circumstances. Exploring the people, ideas and events that have defined the past will introduce you to other perspectives that will fuel your intellectual, personal and professional development, and significantly enrich your experience of the present.
The History specialisation at ACU is ranked as ‘world-class’ in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report, as compiled by the Australia Research Council.
As an ACU History graduate what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation you will be able to:
- Undertake research, find and evaluate a range of sources of information, and identify and evaluate diverse and often conflicting accounts and interpretations
- Think critically and construct well-supported and well-reasoned arguments
- Apply a broad perspective and respond with the range and flexibility required in many contemporary work situations
- Write and speak in a confident, engaging and effective manner
Where to from ACU?
- The study of History provides the knowledge and skills for a variety of careers in both the private and public sectors, particularly in those areas where the capacity to identify, assess and explain trends is essential
- History can lead to interesting and rewarding jobs in museums, media and heritage centres; politics and policy-making; foreign affairs and diplomacy; journalism and public relations; universities; and as independent/private consultants
- Our History specialisation provides a pathway for further study at the Honours, Master’s and Doctoral levels
- When combined with an appropriate tertiary teaching qualification, the History specialisation is an enriching pathway to becoming a secondary-school History teacher.