Welcome to History at Monash

  • 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.