Why Study History at Monash?
Why study History?
History is not simply about dates and facts. Rather it is about new ways to interpret and make sense of the past. We cannot understand the world we live in today without considering what has come before.
History tells us where we came from, who we are and gives us in insight into the future. It is also, quite simply, one of the most exciting disciplines to study at university. History reaches broadly into different aspects of the human experience and considers societies and civilizations across the globe.
Visit our Student Profile page for a look at why some of our recent graduates studied History.
Knowledge and skills
History teaches you about the world but it also provides you with a set of skills that are broadly transferable to a wide variety of careers. History students learn how to identify key issues, find relevant data, conduct detailed research, develop persuasive arguments and present their ideas in a logical and clear fashion.
Whatever profession you wish to pursue, you will find that employers value the skills historical training provides.
History at Monash
Monash University's History Department is one of the largest departments in the country and has an excellent reputation both within Australia and across the world. The Department includes internationally recognized scholars in the fields of
Monash historians attend international conferences, tender advice to government departments and non-government agencies, give talks, publish books and contribute articles to scholarly journals.
As a department, we take teaching very seriously and receive consistently excellent evaluations from our students. Many of our teaching staff have received awards for teaching.
Visit our History Staff Profiles for further information.
Range of Units
Because we are a large department, we are able to offer a wide range of units to suit your interests. At any one time, about twenty different courses are on offer covering a wide range of periods, areas and approaches. These include units on the Renaissance, the Vietnam War, the history of mercenaries, Twentieth-century America, Australian aboriginal history, the history of sexuality and many others.
For details of our unit offerings for visit the handbook
Monash is an international university. As a history student, you will be able to complete units not only in Australia but also in Monash's overseas campuses, such as Monash Prato, as well as in other locations across the world.
For further information please visit the Monash Arts Abroad Website
Image: Monash Arts students, Sienna Duomo, courtesy of Celeste Mabarreck