School of Humanities


Historical photograph of a UWA building

History is the study of the past and its legacies in the present. History teaches you skills in research, critical analysis and communication which are applicable to a wide range of careers, including:

  • teaching
  • journalism
  • archival management
  • government agencies
  • museums
  • cultural heritage
  • tourism

We offer a History major for undergraduate students, and research courses for postgraduate students.

History also combines well with most other Arts subjects, such as English, politics, philosophy, anthropology, geography, language studies, and economics. Students majoring in these subjects often find it valuable to include units of history in their courses of study.

Research Projects

Globalization, Photography, and Race: the Circulation and Return of Aboriginal Photographs in Europe
Professor Jane Lydon, Chair of Australian History
"War and Displacement: From the Soviet Union to Australia in the Wake of the Second World War"
Hon Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick(University of Sydney) and Professor Mark Edele (UWA)
Changing landscapes, changing people: Australia's southern mallee lands, 1830 – 2012
Professor Katie Holmes (La Trobe University), Professor Andrea Gaynor (UWA), Emeritus Professor Richard Broome (La Trobe University), Dr Charles Fahey (La Trobe University) and Ruth Ford (La Trobe University).
"Understanding the History of Water Sensitive Cities"
Professor Andrea Gaynor, Professor Jennifer Gregory, Associate Professor Lionel Frost (Monash), Associate Professor Seamus O’Hanlan (Monash), Professor Peter Spearitt (UQld) and Dr Ruth Morgan (Monash).