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History, classical languages and archaeology

Gain new knowledge by exploring past civilisations
Develop a deep understanding of some of the world's oldest and heritage-rich cultures, civilisations and languages, while learning new and transferable skills.

By studying history you will learn to think about cause and effect and why things change. We focus on topics ranging from war to politics, culture and sexuality, the history of ideas and the history of food. We also span ancient history through to the middle ages and the present, from Australia to China, the United States and Europe.

Our study offering

The study of history equips you to understand change, to look at things from different perspectives, and to assess diverse kinds of information. It offers a variety of topics, from war to politics, culture and sexuality, the history of ideas and the history of food; and it spans the Middle Ages to the present, from Australia to China, the United States and Europe. 

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of EconomicsBachelor of Visual Arts as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.

Research

Embark on a captivating discovery of the Ancient Greek and Roman civilisations through the evidence of myths, images, inscriptions, artefacts, written history and literature. Experience the interplay between the past and the present through a re-examination of the classical world and learn to appreciate its historical and cultural importance.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Learn how to reconstruct ancient cultures from the material residues of their activities and how to interpret archaeological evidence to influence the present. Gain an understanding of the methods and thinking with which archaeologists interpret past lives. Answer the most crucial questions about prehistoric and historic societies, and experience a far-reaching focus on Australia, the broader Near East and classical Mediterranean societies. Archaeologists are in demand in Australia with companies involved in resources, mining and infrastructure.

Undergraduate

Honours 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Research  

Ancient Greek allows you to read, in the original, works of immense cultural and literary significance by the great writers of the ancient Mediterranean world. The study of philosophy, history, drama, lyric, epic, the novel, and oratory begins in Greece, and Greek contributions to world literature are undisputed models of perfection in every later age.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

You will learn to read works of immense cultural and literary significance by the iconic writers of ancient Rome. Latin is the direct ancestor of nearly 50 modern languages and a major contributor to the vocabulary of many others, including English. It was also the language of European literature, history, science, medicine, diplomacy and law for nearly 2000 years. Studying Latin opens up intellectual vistas vital for exploring the past or navigating the present.

Undergraduate  

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Through the study of Sanskrit language, the most important classical language of the Indian subcontinent, you can explore the various intellectual, literary and artistic traditions that have shaped South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan), Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Tibet and played a profound role in forming Asia as a whole.  

Undergraduate  

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew will allow you to explore some of the foundational texts and histories of Western civilisation. Encountering the Bible in translation or learning to read these texts in Hebrew, you will consider the themes and message of the biblical books, experiment with new approaches to texts and ideas and challenge common assumptions.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Research

Explore two millennia of Jewish civilisation focusing on the historical evolution of Judaism, and how Jewish identity has been moulded by key Jewish thinkers and the Jewish historical experience. Gain insights into the rich cultural heritage of a small minority and their significant contributions to broader world culture in both the Christian and later Muslim worlds.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of EconomicsBachelor of Visual Arts as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.

Research

Why study history, classical languages and archaeology with us?

  • We are ranked 2nd in Australia for archaeology and history.*
  • We have close ties with the University of Sydney’s Nicholson Museum, which houses a large collection of artefacts from the ancient world. The museum is regularly used as a teaching space. 
  • We offer a broad range of student placements, allowing you to gain hands on, workplace experience.
  • As an undergraduate student you can choose from our arts and social sciences majors as well as more than 100 majors from the University’s shared pool, allowing you to gain expertise in a range of disciplines.
  • You can balance your workload with our flexible study options, such as part-time study for eligible students.** 
  • We offer a wide range of scholarships and prizes designed to recognise potential, assist those in need and reward high achievement. 

*QS World University World Rankings by Subject 2019

**Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.

Where can studies in history, classical languages and archaeology lead you? 

Studies across ancient history, languages and cultures will equip you with skills, knowledge and perspectives that can be used across a range of career paths. Career pathways include:

  • Academic 
  • Archaeologist
  • Human resources consultant
  • Journalist
  • Museum curator
  • Research librarian

Grace Kane
Grace Kane - Archaeology student
"I love the idea of being able to engage and interact with the past. I've been able to step outside the classroom and explore the archaeology and architecture of Greece and gain real fieldwork experience in Tasmania."
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