To prepare for the future we need to study the past.


Study history at The University of Adelaide

Discover the past and the ways it has helped to shape society today. Explore the cultural, social, economic and political aspects of the lives of men and women in the past. As a history student at The University of Adelaide, you have the opportunity to study a variety of time periods from nations across the globe.

As a history student you will:

  • Study a broad selection of periods (medieval, early modern and modern history) across five continents
  • Gain a strong foundation in global histories with a focus on empires and revolutions
  • Understand how cultures and countries have developed
  • Gain exclusive knowledge with The University of Adelaide Library's world-class history collections
  • Learn skills in critical thinking, analysis and research whilst strengthening your writing and communication skills
  • Conduct research like a historian and take field trips for onsite research data collection

As a history student at The University of Adelaide you will be well prepared for your future career. Your creativity, strong communication skills, critical thinking and data analysis will set you apart.

Study Overseas

As a University of Adelaide student you will have access to over 100 overseas exchange programs around the world. The University of Adelaide has student exchange links with several European universities including Canterbury, Gothenborg, Newcastle, Southampton and Simpson College.  As a history student you can study overseas for one semester or one year and gain credit towards your University of Adelaide degree.

A Summer School Study Tour 'The Iowa Caucuses, A Tour of a Divided America' is run by Professor Thomas Buchanan. Please find more information here.

Career path

  • Government
  • Public service
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Curatorship and management
  • Heritage organisations
  • Public policy
  • Law
  • Business
  • Research

How can I study history?