History and Classical Studies

Everything has a history. From a national constitution to modern consumer culture, from the rise of empires to global environmental crises, from the human species to your family: history interrogates the forces that have made the world in which you live. It helps you to understand the present by understanding the past. Beyond exploring societies of years gone by, history teaches students how to investigate the more abstract elements of studies of the past by questioning how history has been produced, and how it informs our approach to the challenges of the future.

History and Classical Studies at ANU encompasses History (North American history; Australian history; biography; British history; and European history), as well as Classics and Ancient History (ancient history; Ancient Greek; and Latin). History at ANU explores the evolution of modern nations including Australia, the United States, Asia and Europe, tracing themes such as empire, terrorism, revolution, war, gender, race, technology and the environment. Classical Studies focuses on two of the great civilisations of the ancient Mediterranean, Greece and Rome. These civilisations have been enormously influential and still have a lasting legacy in modern times. Much of Western culture claims descent from Greece and Rome, yet these ancient societies were also exotically different from our own.

Check the School of History website for more information on the faculty, research, projects, latest news, upcoming events and more.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2021

Key facts

1 in Australia
13 for History in World*

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

Degree programs

Bachelor of Arts

Key facts

3 in Australia
33 for Arts and Humanities in World*

3 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131003
CRICOS Code: 074016B
Graduate Certificate of Studies

Key facts

0.5 Year FT or 3 Years PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830584
CRICOS Code: 082261M
Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies

Key facts

3 in Australia
33 for Arts & Humanities in World*

1 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830041
CRICOS Code: 108306G
Master of History

Key facts

1 in Australia
13 for History in World*

1 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830035
CRICOS Code: 108325D

Hear from our students

Maria
As a Maori woman, studying in a new field I have been affirmed for the knowledge I bring, and supported and encouraged by other ANU historians, both staff and students.
Maria , PhD (History)

My brilliant career

ANU led me to Griffin, Griffin led me to Woroni, Woroni led me to internships, internships led me to HerCanberra.

Watch the video

View discipline flyers

Ancient Greek (major/minor)
(PDF, 2.65 MB )
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts flyer
(PDF, 1.12 MB )
Graduate Certificate of Studies
Graduate Certificate of Studies flyer
(PDF, 1.07 MB )
Graduate Certificate of the Repatriation of Ancestral Remains and Cultural Objects
Graduate Certificate of the Repatriation of Ancestral Remains and Cultural Objects flyer
(PDF, 1.07 MB )
History (major/minor)
History flyer
(PDF, 502.05 KB )
Latin (major/minor)
Latin flyer
(PDF, 381.84 KB )
Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies
Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies flyer
(PDF, 551.36 KB )
Master of History
Master of History flyer
(PDF, 1.21 MB )

Learn more

Check our series of videos about degree programs, majors and disciplines, and research strengths for your enjoyment.

Check out the resources available for studentsparents and agents.

Discover the support available to help you plan your career.