Monash University’s history program is one of the largest in the country and has an excellent reputation both within Australia and internationally. It includes internationally recognized scholars in the fields of American History, Asian History, Australian History, European History, Global History, Medieval & Renaissance History and Modern History. For a list of recent publications by some of these researchers, see here. The History program includes academics based in SOPHIS but also the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash Indigenous Centre and the National Centre for Australian Studies.
Because we are a large program, we are able to offer a wide range of units. At any one time, about twenty different units 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. In addition, History students are able to complete units not only in Australia but also in Monash’s overseas campuses, such as Monash Prato.
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.
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.
View the latest History at Monash Newsletter here.
- The 2013 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Resarch by an Early Career Researcher was announced last week – congratulations to Dr Catherine Mills of the ... Read more
- Fellowship Applications - Applications are now invited for Australian European University Institute Fellowships which provide the opportunity to carry out research at the European University Institute ... Read more
- The latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results released last week had some excellent news for Arts, and SOPHIS. First piloted in 2009, ERA assesses research ... Read more
- Congratulations to SOPHIS staff members Rachel Stevens and Tim Verhoeven. Both were awarded the Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at the 2012 Arts ... Read more
- Aftermath: Sites and Sources of History and Memory Monash University, Melbourne, Australia 6-7 August 2013 Hosted by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation in partnership with the History Program at Monash Universityand the University ... Read more
- Alistair Thomson’s Moving Stories has been shortlisted for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Nominated for the The Community Relations Commission for a multicultural NSW Award, Moving Stories tells ... Read more