Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.On this page:
- Undergraduate information
- Postgraduate information
- How to find out more and staff contacts
- Related subjects and careers
- List of courses
This subject is taught by the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations.
History has been taught at Victoria since 1899 when the University was founded. It is an intellectual discipline which requires the rigour of a scientist, the persistence of a detective and the imagination of a novelist.
Historical study seeks to understand the whys and wherefores of the past and unravel its mysteries.
It is a subject which offers numerous areas of specialisation—on particular regions, time periods or themes such as the history of work, ideas of race or nationalism—and one which generates enthusiasm and commitment from both staff and students.
By introducing us to cultures distant from our own in time and space, historical study broadens our general cultural knowledge, reminds us that our own cultural values are historically constructed, and teaches us about the development of human societies.
History courses complement a wide range of subjects in the Bachelor of Arts (BA), adding strength and depth to your degree.
BA major requirements
- 40 points from HIST 100–199, CLAS 104, 105
- 40 points from HIST 200–299, CLAS 207, 208
- 60 points from HIST 300–399, CLAS 307, 308
- At least 100 of the above points must be from HIST 100–399, of which at least 40 points must be from HIST 300–399
The 100-level courses are seen as the foundation of all further work in History and a pass in two of these (or in CLAS 104, CLAS 105) is the prerequisite for admission to 200-level courses.
The courses offered are planned to provide a good introduction to further historical study.
Postgraduate Qualifications in History
For information specific to History, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.
- Graduate Diploma in Arts
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours
- Master of Arts
- Doctor of Philosophy
See what our current postgraduate students have to say about studying History at Victoria.
Further information can be found through the School's Resources and Links pages.
Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.
Contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' Student and Academic Services Office for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites.
History courses are taught within the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations. The School office is located on Level 4, Old Kirk Building, Kelburn campus.
For a complete course listing, see the list of all History courses.
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|100 Level Courses|
HIST 111 – Colonial Encounters: Pacific Experiences
HIST 112 – New Histories in New Zealand-Aotearoa
HIST 117 – Revolutions, Empires and People
|200 Level Courses|
HIST 215 – Creating the United States, 1776-1890
HIST 218 – Historical Methods
HIST 219 – Pacific History
HIST 222 – Australian History
HIST 228 – Special Topic: Histories of Modern India
HIST 230 – Gandhi, India and the World
HIST 232 – The Worlds of Christopher Columbus
HIST 236 – Race and Racism in Modern European History
HIST 245 – Peoples of the Soviet Empire
HIST 248 – History of the German-Speaking Peoples
HIST 249 – New Zealand Political History
|300 Level Courses|
HIST 312 – Working Lives in New Zealand
HIST 316 – New Zealand Social History
HIST 317 – New Zealand History
HIST 331 – The Transatlantic Slave Trade
HIST 332 – The Holocaust and Genocide
HIST 336 – The Pacific Islands after 1945
HIST 339 – History on Film/Film on History
|400 Level Courses|
HIST 404 – A Topic in the History of the United States
HIST 428 – Special Topic: Class in History
HIST 448 – National Awakening in Eastern Europe
HIST 489 – Research Project