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Travel through the centuries of Australian and world history

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Introduction to History

Find yourself in Europe during the Middle Ages. Jump forward to the 20th century and the rise of multicultural Australia. See how attitudes to terrorism, crime and more have built today’s world view as you start your career in research and analysis.

Choose a history specialisation from:

  • Ancient history - explore an ancient history course to understand how the past has shaped today.
  • Australian history- travel through the centuries of Australian and world history.
  • Modern history - delve into the past to gain insights into the present.
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Online history subjects and short courses

La Trobe University


Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

Griffith University


Themes in World History 1300-1800

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 15 Jul 2024, 04 Nov 2024

Macquarie University

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 19 Feb 2024

University of Tasmania


Introduction to Ancient Rome

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024

Online history degrees

Macquarie University


Bachelor of Arts

An arts degree that no one else has

Make your degree unique and study what interests you. Analyse critically, think creatively and problem-solve at work or in everyday life. Complete foundational studies then tailor your degree with a major. Create a portfolio and build your connections.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Ancient History,  
  • Applied Ethics,  
  • Creative Writing,  
  • English,  
  • Indigenous Studies,  
  • International Relations,  
  • Modern History,  
  • Philosophy,  
  • Politics,  
  • Sociology,  
Griffith University


Bachelor of Arts

Innovators, communicators and creators start here!

Develop critical thinking, writing, and research skills in demand across all industries. You can follow your passion with majors and electives that interest you. Develop connections through peer learning, networking, and work experience.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Art History,  
  • Creative Writing,  
  • Criminal Justice,  
  • History,  
  • Journalism,  
  • Literature,  
  • Public Relations,  
  • Screen and Media Studies,  
  • Sociology,  
La Trobe University


Bachelor of Arts

Pursue your passion and your profession

A flexible arts degree offering a large selection of humanities and social sciences majors. Mix it up with minors and electives in business, health, and science. Develop critical thinking, emotional intelligence, creativity, and communication skills.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Archaeological and Heritage Studies,  
  • Creative and Professional Writing,  
  • Crime, Justice and Legal Studies,  
  • Digital Media,  
  • English,  
  • Hindi Studies Beginners,  
  • History,  
  • Human Geography,  
  • Linguistics,  
  • Philosophy,  
  • Politics,  
  • Psychological Science,  
  • Sociology,  
  • Sustainability and Development,  
  • Visual Cultures,  
Southern Cross University

A double degree in arts and business

Prepare for an innovative future with a broad career outlook. An arts major like digital media or international relations unlocks roles beyond commerce. Enhance your business skills with creativity and critical thinking. Expand your mind and future.

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

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