Facts & figures
- 26th in the world
- 2018 QS World University Rankings
Facts & figures
Studying history helps us understand the origins of the modern world and to uncover forgotten people and their paths. History encompasses every aspect of human life in the past. We work with diverse kinds of evidence and each valuable skills in interpretation and analysis.
We are the largest history department in Australia, with units of study on particular cities, nations and regions, especially Europe, Australia, China and North America, as well as thematic and comparative units on topics ranging from scandal to epidemics. Each year we offer a rich array of study options and we continually review and renew our curriculum.
Many of our staff have won awards for their teaching and research. We are committed to giving our students a highly regarded education and a gateway to life beyond university.
Historians in the department work on a wide variety of times and places, with particular strengths in the history of the United States, Australia and the Pacific, China and Europe. Many of us work in the areas of international and transnational history that have energised and transformed the study of the past. One unifying thread is a curiosity about ideas in action – that is, how ideas and ideals were developed, challenged and lived with in particular situations. How were concepts of freedom tested in practice by African Americans in US cities in the 19th century? By diplomats and international lawyers or by Indigenous people navigating the judicial system?
Our research covers the following areas:
For a full list of our upcoming events, please visit the University's What's On calendar.
Run at lunchtime most Wednesdays, this series features talks by members of the department and visitors from overseas and other universities in Australia. All students, colleagues from throughout the University and members of the public are all welcome.
Deborah Cohen, Northwestern University
The Geopolitical is personal: American foreign correspondents, India and the British Empire in the 1930s and 1940s
Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice, University of Sydney
Hobbes, democracy and the Virginia Company
Dr Charlotte Greenhalgh, Monash University
Women and Social Research in Australia, 1940-1970
Dr Hélène Sirantoine, University of Sydney
The Saint and the Saracen: Iberian hagiographical material and Christian perceptions of Islam in the Middle Ages
Dr Chin Jou, University of Sydney
Prison Food in the United States, Past and Present
Catie Gilchrist, University of Sydney
Call the coroner! Investigating sudden death in colonial Sydney
Laura Rademaker, Australian Catholic University
Found in translation: language and translation in Aboriginal history
The J M Ward Lecture honours the late John Manning Ward AO. Professor Ward was a distinguished historian, serving as Challis Professor of History from 1948 to 1979. Professor Ward was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney from 1981 to 1990.
General Lecture Theatre (A14)
The Quadrangle, University of Sydney
Please join us for a reception in the Nicholson Museum from 5pm.
For more information on the J M Ward Lectures please contact Elia Mamprin.
We conduct an outreach program to increase the number of students from low socio-economic and diverse backgrounds studying history at the University of Sydney.
The program initiates and strengthens connections between partner schools and the University. We work with high school students from Mount Druitt, Parramatta, Granville, Campbelltown, Auburn, Liverpool, Coonabarabran and Broken Hill to familiarise them with university life and foster the aspirations within these communities to pursue and excel in tertiary studies.
Some of our activities include:
If you are a history teacher or school principal interested in a partnership with our department, please email Professor Mike McDonnell, or phone 9351 6733.