History major - Bachelor of Arts

Understand the past to change the future by studying the History major in the Bachelor of Arts.

With the Bachelor of Arts in History you delve into the history of New Zealand and major events in our world over the centuries, and develop advanced skills in research, writing, analysis and debate.


This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

Start date: 2022

Further your understanding of key events in the history of New Zealand and the world, and develop effective communication, critical thinking and other transferable skills.

Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.

Core courses

All Bachelor of Arts students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Academic Communication

Choose one of:

Culture and Society

Complete one course from each of the following clusters. Each cluster aligns with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

History courses

Courses you could take over your three years of study include:

Level 5 courses

Level 6 courses

Level 7 courses

Workplace experience

The Work Integrated Learning course is the final part of your degree. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice. You could also take the Foundations in Research course to prepare you for postgraduate study.

  • History teacher
  • Diplomat
  • Heritage manager
  • Museum/gallery curator
  • Journalist
  • Policy specialist
  • Civil servant
  • Researcher
  • Content producer
Key features
  • Covers major historical events in New Zealand and around the world
  • Learn from world-class academic staff
  • Valuable workplace experience in your final semester
  • Tailor your study to your career goals and include courses of your interest
See yourself as
  • Interested in historic events
  • Questioning and enquiring
  • Inquisitive and open-minded
  • Connected with the community and the world

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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