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Examine the past, to understand the challenges of the future

The study of history is important in today's ever-evolving society. So much more than just dates and facts, history can tell us who we are, where we came from and where we're going. By making connections between the past and present, we can better understand contemporary society.

Studying history at Griffith, you'll go beyond the classroom to investigate some of today's biggest issues from a historical perspective.

Historical study also plays an important part in developing valuable career skills in research, writing and documentation.

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Study history at Griffith

Learn from the past to prepare for the future

The study of history looks at change and continuity in society over time, the defining moments which shaped our world.

At Griffith, you’ll learn about the past as a way of understanding the present from many different angles – socially, culturally, politically and economically. You’ll learn about ancient civilisations, and delve into the way global actions shaped Australia’s history and influenced our present.

With seven subjects to choose from, you’ll cover a diverse range of historical events including the impact of past terrorist attacks, political violence and the ecological attitudes from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

You’ll learn to recognise and analyse trends and interconnections across centuries and civilizations, and examine topics such as the global impact of disease, environmental changes, warfare, trade and religious belief.

Examining evidence from the past will also help you understand human nature and the human condition.

Studying at Griffith will expose you to a wide range of viewpoints and opinions from a well-respected team of teaching staff. You’ll learn important professional skills, including how to read critically, carry out research, write with clarity, and make a persuasive evidence-based argument.

5-Star Rated

Humanities and Social Sciences is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Daniel Lyons

Griffith Bachelor of Arts graduate

Bachelor of Arts student Daniel Lyons secured an enviable job with the Royal Australian Air Force before he graduated. As a Communications and Information Systems Controller, Daniel manages, monitors and maintains Local Area Networks, as well as operate communication facilities and safe keep classified data. 'The critical thinking skills I developed throughout my Bachelor of Arts degree have definitely given me the edge in getting this role,' he says.

Daniel Lyons

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Develop marketable professional skills

A degree in history from Griffith gives you practical skills useful for a wide variety of careers

Research and writing are at the heart of historical inquiry, along with analytical thinking: all highly valued by employers in the private sector and in government. With a specialisation in history from Griffith you have the opportunity to work in a wide range of roles including:

  • As a curator in galleries around the world
  • As a journalist reporting from remote parts of the world
  • Continuing on to a graduate diploma of education to become a history teacher
  • In screen production to make your mark in the film industry

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