Continuing students

Students enrolled prior to 2018

NB: Click here if you are interested in transferring to the new curriculum (Students who enrolled in 2017 only).

Students continuing in their current degree

What will you get out of a major in History?

  • You’ll develop a deep understanding of more than one period, place or culture of the past.
  • You’ll become conversant with variety of approaches to interpreting the past, including political, economic, social, cultural, intellectual, biographical, and transnational history.
  • You will learn how to set evidence in context and analyze it critically.
  • You’ll be able to articulate a complex problem and devise a research strategy to solve it.
  • You’ll develop the skills needed to construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in written, oral, visual, or digital form.

Requirements for the major

Students who started in 2017 or earlier have to complete two 1000-level units in History or Ancient History, one of the 3000-level capstone units, and five other 2000 or 3000 units in History.

Requirements for students beginning in 2018 or later can be found here.


Honours is a year-long program of advanced study entirely devoted to History. You take the Honours year after finishing your undergraduate degree. The Honours year dramatically extends what you have learned in your Bachelor's degree. Honours in History at the University of Sydney is a valuable qualification–many of our Honours graduates go on to rewarding careers in the federal and state government, others in the private sector–because it nurtures both originality and discipline. You take two advanced seminars, one tackling methodological questions and one exploring a particular field (e.g. Australian history, American history) in depth, and you write a thesis on a historical question that you devise and research yourself, with the guidance of a supervisor. For some of you, the Honours year will be a critical step on the path to further study – a first-class Honours degree will equip you to undertake a PhD here or anywhere in the world. For others, it will be the culmination of your formal education, an experience that helps you refine your skills in research, analysis and writing, extend your intellectual range and develop the body of personal and professional skills you need to see a major project through to completion.

Students who started their bachelor’s degrees before 2018 are eligible to do Honours if they have completed a major in history and have an average mark of 70% or higher in their 2000- and 3000-level History units.

For further information, see the Department of History's 2018 Undergraduate Student guide